Peach-Pit Flooring - Go Green while staying healthy!

Ever wonder what happens to those peach pits you throw out? No, I bet you don't, so here is an interesting new design utilizing the pits from peaches to create some neat flooring. "eco-friendly home design" and a lot of different options come to mind, but I'm willing to bet fruit pits as flooring isn't one of them.Alla le Roux feels differently however, and after being inspired by personal experience has started a business ( Stone Fruit Floors ) that designs and sells handmade flooring created out of peach pits. The pits are sanded down (to get rid of sharp edges and make them more comfortable to walk on) and set into the floor by hand along with glue, sand, and a resin mixture. The end result looks like a strange mix between hardwood, tile, and linoleum.Interesting... I'm not really sure what else to say about this!Check out the whole process here.Here is another gallery of the floorsSomeone has got to learn how to make these...will it be you? We can do it! Plus, you get the benefits of eating peaches!

Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago


Ideas for personalizing an indoor concrete floor

Posted by cinderellato 6 years ago

Painting a Floor

I want to paint a dining room floor. Has anyone ever painted a floor, the wood work is dark, any ideas?

Posted by cwrp 11 years ago

PLEASE help....smelly basement storage space between units

I have been trying to get RID of a smell with no success. The smell is in a shared closet space between my unit and another unit in a basement (duplexed down units with first floor above grade).  The smell is so damp and musty and just terrible.  This is true especially in the summer.  I want to sell this place, but people have been opening this shared closet and are immediately like what the heck!  I have noticed it all along, but in the winter it is faint.  My spouse says he did not notice it, but at least 30 potential buyers were not okay with it and noticed it in the one really commented in the winter, but I always smelled something. We put in a dehumidifier which we empty every single day because it is full (see in picture the type of dehumidifier), but we cannot for the life of figure out where the moisture is coming from.  One person told us it was likely coming out of the floor....I have no idea if this is the almost looks like plywood is on the floor.  I guess this would be a subfloor?  In one of the pictures, it shows where the door opens to this shared space right out of our den.  I am at my wits end trying to figure this out.  I have tried essential oils, carbon, baking soda, the dehumidifier (which feels completely up in one day).  It is closed off in the closet and there is no window or any way for the smell to get out unless we open the doors to our unit and then the units smell!  We cannot smell it at all in either unit with the door closed.  It is sooooo bizarre.  These units are duplexed down to the basement.  It is absolutely puzzling me and has kept us from selling our unit after a winter deal fell through.  When we started showing in the summer, the smell was so strong as it usually is in the summer.  I guess we never paid attention because we never go in there unless getting something from storage.  Can someone tell me what I can do and what type of floor this is?  It kind of looks like it has gray paint on it, but it is certainly some type of wood or a material like it. Should we get someone to rip the floor up? Why is the smell not in either unit?  Please help!

Posted by CareBearie 1 year ago

How to repaint & stencil your floor

Apartment Therapy has a great tutorial on how to repaint your ugly vinyl flooring. With the help of a stencil they applied a sweet hexagonal pattern on the floor. All in all, it looks like the process is fairly straightforward and very effective. How To Repaint & Stencil Ugly Rental Vinyl Tile Flooring

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Remove Vinyl Flooring

What's the best way of removing vinyl flooring to put tile down? Namely, the glue? Any chemical removers?

Posted by DELETED_Phill 8 years ago

Touch Sensitive Floor Mats

I have one of those Halloween floor mats that when you step on them, it triggers a sensor that has it make a screaming noise. Is there anyway to hack this? It's annoying and I want to make use out of it.

Posted by thatjawn 10 years ago

Need help building a portable outdoor dance floor

Wanted: plans on how to build a portable outdoor dance floor I've been looking online, and I can't find any actual plans for a portable outdoor dance floor. I'd prefer to make it out of plywood with either parquet or laminate flooring on top. Anyone ever built something like this and would like to share plans? Thanks

Posted by ocelot42 9 years ago

Simple 3 Floor Elevator Model

Hello I want to make a simple 3 floor elevator model. The Elevator should have UP and DOWN switches on every floor and should act as all normal elevator.  I need a simple and detailed circuit design and which components should I use for it. Circuit using Arduino Uno R3 is also preferred.  Can someone please help me?  Thanks

Posted by mbmz92 3 years ago

man lift from ground floor to first floor on my house

I suffer from copd which leaves me breathless when climbing stairs.I need a man lift of some kind.I imagine a cage for one powered by an electric hoist

Posted by robin yates 6 years ago

Polyurathane on wood floors

Going to be refinishing some wood floors.  Sanding off all the old finish, then applying an oil based stain, and finaly polyurathane.  My question is can you use a water based polyurathane over an oil based stain?  If so, how long do I have to let the stain dry before applying the polyurathane?

Posted by etcmn 6 years ago

Interactive floor using Microsoft Kinect? How?

Hi, I am searching for a solution on how to make an interactive floor projection. I saw some DIY projects using the Microsoft Kinect for detecting motion, but so far I have not found anything to start with. Does anyone managed to do something similar using the Kinect sensor?? Regards! vedtam

Posted by vedtam 4 years ago


Im trying to cover a tile bathroom floor with self stick...i'm assuming i need to use mastic to fill in the grout lines and help the new stuff stick, but what do i use to take the sheen off the old tile to make sure it stays stuck

Posted by joeshukstor 6 years ago

quick / cheap fix for parquet floor ?

Hello all, The plastik-ish thing that covers my parquet floor is peeling off. Is there a cheap and easy way to repair that? It doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to look decent. Some spray perhaps? Something safe for a baby too. Some liquid that you apply with a mop? I've been "googling" but of course all that comes up is advertisement and PR. Even the DIY advices are like "you need to sand and you need to rent this machine ..." Simpler is better. Thanks! J.

Posted by jbar 10 years ago

Help..."raising the floor"

Ok so i want to raise the ground level in my room by about 4 feet. so making a box that can hold proubly 200+ pounds and has carpet attached to it just like the floor. also it needs a way to rerout a air vent. feel free to ask questions about anything and thanks for any help

Posted by yuckzee 9 years ago

Floor lamp(s) that can be controlled from a remote control

I live in an old historic apartment building that only has over-head lights in the kitchen and bathroom. My living room, and both bedrooms have just floor lamps and bedside lamps. The problem is, if you come home when it's dark, you have to fumble through int eh dark to get to the floor lamp. I would like to have a remote control that I can fix to the wall just inside the door, so I can walk in, and basically switch on my lights, without having to grope for them in the dark.   There may already be a product on the market like this, but I cannot find one. So, I'm willing and excited about making one. Anyone got any ideas?

Posted by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago

Lava lamp floor lamp with torche light on top

Hi!  I am asking to see if anyone could help me.  My brother found a floor lamp: it has a working lava lamp at the top, but on top of the lava lamp, is another  torche type lamp.  Two lamps in one. He found it along the curb, and is a store-bought item.  Anybody have any idea how to make one? I'm am NOT the inventor and need help. Thanks for any input anyone could give.  Sorry -- didn't think to take a picture so I have none to post. 

Posted by mdiehl 4 years ago

Please help, need advice for installing engineered hardwood floors?

Hi, I recently purchased some 3/8th Bruce engineered hardwood flooring, and was planning on purchasing a staple gun to install the flooring (like I needed a reason for a new toy!), what gauge stapler would you all recommend? Bruce doesn't have specific instructions, it just says the staples should be at least 1 inch long.  I've heard if you buy too big a staple (15.5 gauge), it will cause issues with bumps in the flooring, but I'm afraid if I get too small a staple then it may not attach properly. Please help! As a side note, how big an air compressor would you all recommend?  I was planning on getting a 6gal, 2.6 scfm at 90 psi compressor, and just want to make sure it will have enough power.

Posted by JMH renovations 5 years ago



Posted by 1997 pontiac grand am 6 years ago

Question: How to use old gym floor wood

Does anyone know an effective way of removing the plastic coating on gym floor wood.  I have managed to remove the plastic once, using a belt sander and many, many, unfortunate, coarse sand belts. Also occasionally using a chisel. This did work well, just very time consuming. The result was a very nice, strong wood. I would be very interested in any information on this. 

Posted by Zorro Anno Domini 3 years ago

Resin floor

Has anyone ever done a DIY resin floor? Any advice? A friend of mine is in the early stages of a plan to cover her stairs in resin, with embedded small pieces of tile left over from the kitchen. We're planning to do a lot of small scale testing before we actually do anything permanent, and were just going to start with harware store marine resin. At the moment, the stairs are the bare chipboard left when the gross carpet was removed. It also curves around almost 180°, so there are only a few rectangular stairs. Any tips on the type of resin to use, best way to build a stair sized mould, things that the resin won't stick to, curing time, or any other random advice would be appreciated.

Posted by Mar HK 6 years ago

Elevator Arduino project with multiple calls

Hello, I am working on a three floor elevator project at a moment, and I was wondering if there is anyway to program the arduino that enable the users to select "multiple floor selections" on hall call and car call buttons. How can I approach this method? Please help me. Thank you.

Posted by AmirT5 2 years ago

tile cleaner needed.

Hi I need your help in this.I have a problem at home.the floor tiles at the bathroom were stained due to no use for around one year.I've been trying hard to fix it but not so helpful.could you recommend some stuffs that i could get from market to deal with this headache. thank you arun

Posted by Nr-Think different 5 years ago

Floor Plans

I own a house in one city, and work in another.  In order to avoid driving back and forth everyday, I have bought a small lot and plan to build a small house there.  I am severly limited by the size of the lot and the money I have to fund the project.  Therefore I have decided not to exceed a 20 foot by 20 foot design. I'm looking for your help.  Attached is a photo of a couple of post-its that I laid out a quick floor plan on.  I've re-arranged it several times, and finally have something I think really maximizes the space available to me.  I'm simply asking if you guys see more ways to do so. Some quick notes- this is far from a final design.  The first post-it is the second floor, and the second is the ground floor.  I'm not sold on the upstairs restroom, it just depends on the slope of the roof I decide on if that will be possible.  In the kitchen, I alloted 2 feet per appliance, but will need a bit more, so it's nine feet wide which should fit.  The doors on both sit rooms will swing out, not in as shown on the second one.  I will base the electric and have a tankless water system based out of the pantry with the washer and dryer.  I would also like to possibly remove the wall that encloses in the the kitchen, but  not sure how that would effect stability. Any thoughts on any aspects of the design are welcome, except for making it bigger.  Thanks!

Posted by yokozuna 7 years ago

Help..."Raising the Floor"

Ok so i want to raise the ground level in my room by about 4 feet. so making a box that can hold proubly 200+ pounds and has carpet attached to it just like the floor. also it needs a way to rerout a air vent. feel free to ask questions about anything and thanks for any help

Posted by yuckzee 9 years ago

The Stair-Climber: My Idea for the Scholarship Contest

My name is Brian Smith and I am a recent graduate of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. I have done research in the field of robotics in the past for science competitions. I will be attending Georgia Tech beginning in the fall. What I would like to do with the iRobot Create is simply to extend the original functionality of the Roomba by allowing the robot to both scale and vacuum a carpeted staircase. From a functional perspective, ideally the robot would clean the first floor of a a two story house for some predetermined period of time, and then climb the stairs, cleaning them on ascent. The robot would then clean the second floor of the house for a predetermined period of time before descending the stairs once more to recharge and then begin the cycle again. As far as implementation is concerned, the first step of the cleaning process is quite straightforward; the robot will clean the first floor randomly using the same or similar algorithms as the Roomba. After the predetermined cleaning period for the first floor has elapsed, things get a bit more complicated. The robot will then seek out an infrared beacon marking the base of the staircase to begin ascending/cleaning the stairs. For this task, the mechanics of the system will be just as important as the software. Essentially, the robot must square itself with the first stair at which point it will deploy its equipped "stair rails" which creates a ramp which the robot can use to ascend the first stair. The robot then collects the rails, cleans the first step, and redeploys the rails to ascend the second step. This process continues for each step until the robot reaches the second floor of the house. The then robot resumes random cleaning of the second floor. By similar principles, the robot then descends the stairs and finds its recharging station on the first floor. Although I feel that this project will be challenging, I also feel that it is reasonably within my capabilities to be completed by the deadline.

Posted by thisisbrians 11 years ago

alternative ways to cool house in new england humid summers

I live in new england where we get some pretty hot and humid days in the summer. I hate ac units so I am trying to find other ways to cool my 180 years old house. It's well insulated and has a full basement that is 5 feet under ground level so it's usually pretty cool. A the temperature rises, the first floor is usually warmer and the second floor gets plain hot Has any one tinkered with fans and ducts to move that cool air up from the basement to the upper floors. Thanks

Posted by missplumeau 9 years ago

Big Capacitors

I found a big capacitor in a floor cleaner...I think. It is a black cylinder with two leads off the end. In the floor cleaner, it was hooked up to a lot of stuff in a really important looking box that had a lot of wires flying everywhere. It looks sort of like the thing below, but a little smaller. So, really, there are two questions: 1. Is it a capacitor? 2. If it is, what can I do with it? Thank you!

Posted by basementhacker 5 years ago

need help welding

I have a 1970 HT panelvan which i am restoring. I have replaced a floor panel but i cannot get the main undersuport panel to take to the new floor panel i have cleaned thw paint off the area need and clamped it tight. I drilled holes throught the support panel and gave plenty of weld but it did not take in any area why is this happening can anyone help

Posted by wayneavery 10 years ago

sound-only area and cancellation

I'm looking for advice. (now this is difficult to explain but I'll try my best) I am trying to design a way to have a dance floor in an open area that will have an area where you can hear the music but away from the area it can't be heard. I'm attempting to do this using an array of speakers around the dance floor that will cancel out the music past the dance floor. Each speaker will face away from the area and be equipped with a microphone (directed torwards the main speaker) that then goes through and amplifier and then to the speaker (wired up so that it will emmit an opposing sound wave). This would essentially create a sound barier. I have attatched a picture as a visual aid.

Posted by Sun Gear 6 years ago

TV Lift Ideas Please

Hello Instructables Community, Looking for ideas on a TV lift. I have a workshop/shed/mancave that has 2 floors. What I'd like to do is frame an opening in the second storey floor for a TV to move through between the first and second floors. Framing the hole is the easy part (licensed carpenter). The part that I need help with is getting the TV to move up and down. I would like it to work with either a wall switch or button on a harmony remote or something. My first thoughts went to cables and pulleys with a winch of some kind, then a garage door opener turned vertical, then gear racks and pinions ... I don't know what to use for the motor or controls. Would love to hear any ideas! Appreciate the brainstorming help!

Posted by mjccox 3 years ago

TV Lift Ideas Please

Hello Instructables Community, Looking for ideas on a TV lift. I have a workshop/shed/mancave that has 2 floors. What I'd like to do is frame an opening in the second storey floor for a TV to move through between the first and second floors. Framing the hole is the easy part (licensed carpenter). The part that I need help with is getting the TV to move up and down. I would like it to work with either a wall switch or button on a harmony remote or something. My first thoughts went to cables and pulleys with a winch of some kind, then a garage door opener turned vertical, then gear racks and pinions ... I don't know what to use for the motor or controls. Would love to hear any ideas! Appreciate the brainstorming help!

Posted by mjccox 3 years ago

My Scholarship Idea.

My immediate thought for a use for the I-Robot was sticking with it's original intent of a "floor" tool. So it was to add a sander to it for finishing floors or even a buffer. As my idea percolated I thought with it programmable you could have it sand plywood sheets, tabletops, counters.... Then why not add a routing device instead and make a crude CNC/engraver. So that would be my project. Don't know if it could be done, or if I'm the one to do it, but I'd sure give it the old college try...

Posted by curve12 11 years ago

Severe black mold...heat exchanger???

Hi! we have this severe problem of black mold in every room, the wall is black... Water puddles on the floor.... Our surveyor and a builder told us (after cheeking everything) to solve the problem with a heat exchanger in every room... we are trying one in the kitchen but after 2 weeks i still found water on the floor and the mold in the corner seems increased... someone tried that? The cause of the mold are heat bridges and non existin insulation...

Posted by AlyssP 5 months ago

How to seal unused drain pipe?

The short version: I have an old PVC sewer drain pipe that comes up out of a concrete slab floor.  Under the floor, the other end of the pipe connects to other drain pipes in the house, so before I cover the area with more carpeting, I'd like to seal that pipe off permanently to avoid any possible leakage in the future.  I'd like to avoid disturbing the concrete floor, if possible.  I'd like to put some kind of plug in the pipe and glue it into place with common PVC primer and cement, but I don't know if there's any kind of plug made for this purpose. Any suggestions? The details: I've taken down a non-load-bearing wall in my house.  The wall used to carry pipes for water (coming down from the second floor above), natural gas (embedded in the concrete slab floor), and sewer (also embedded in the slab).  These were all used for a poorly-positioned laundry room.  I've easily sealed the copper pipes for the water and natural gas, but I'm left wondering what to do with this two-inch sewer drain pipe. At first, I thought of covering it with a PVC cap, but to do that, I would need to chip away part of the concrete floor far enough down so the cap wouldn't be above the floor surface.  I would also need to be careful not to break the pipe as I chipped away the concrete.  If I were successful with that and then glued a cap on at the right height, then I would need to fill the space around it with a small amount of concrete.  Besides not wanting to damage the pipe, I'm sure I'd make a real mess of the carpet nearby. Then, I thought, rather than gluing a cap over the *outside* of the pipe, maybe there's some kind of cap that I can glue on the *inside* of it istead.  However, I don't know of any such pipe fitting.  It seems that all the home improvement stores around here sell fittings that go on the outside of the pipe.  So I'm looking for creative ways to plug up the end of this pipe. The other end of this pipe connects to other sewer pipes in the house that are currently in use.  I thought of possibly pouring a cement-like substance into the pipe to seal it, but I can't guarantee that it wouldn't go into the rest of the system and cause a disastrous plug for the whole thing. PS:  Excuse the orientation of the photos I've attached to this posting.  They looked fine on my phone, but when I upload them to Instructables, the site insists on rotating them. PPS: I do plan to cut the PVC pipe off even with the floor just before sealing it.  I'll use my trusty Dremel Multi-Max for that.

Posted by lsloan0000 3 years ago

Make:SF Tonight!

Make:SF is having their monthly downtown meeting tonight at Instructables World HQ. All are welcome to attend. The festivities start at 6:30PM. 489 Clementina St. 3rd Floor

Posted by randofo 9 years ago

What is the safest (and most reliable) way to power a dozen LED's burried in a floor?

I know sculpting and carving, not circiuts! I've added some custom glass etchings to the tile floor in a bathroom that are lit with LED's embedded under the Travertine and Grout. There are about a dozen 3v White LED's spread throughout the floor and all wired in parrallel. They are hard to change. Once they burn out, they most likely won't be dug up and chaged, so I want them to last as long as possible. In my previous installation, I simply used a 3v battery pack inside the closet with a wall switch in the entry to control the circuit. In my current floor, I've also used a battery pack to test them and am now ready to build a permanent solution. This time (thinking ahead) I have built a switched outlet in a wall cavity that will provide power to my floor lighting. The question is this: What is the best way to power them making use of the switched outlet? My original idea was to simply buy a 3v wall wart power supply typically rated at between 750 and 1000ma at the switched outlet. The reason I'm asking you fine folks about this is that Im concerned about providing too much amperage to the lights and burning them out (if that's possible). Once they're gone, theyre gone. It is not very practical to dig them out. Is this a good idea? There is nothing else in the circuit but the 3v LEDs and the power supply (no resistors, etc). My backup idea is to use a 120v relay and a battery pack at the switched outlet. This seems the safer solution (less chance of burning out the LED's), but would require changing the batteries once in a while (probably every couple years with typical usage.

Posted by briankangaroo 9 years ago

Piano Stairs/Floor

Hi all! Just saw the infamous "piano stairs" video by Mitsubishi (see below), and I couldn't help but think there would be a relatively easy way to do this yourself without a ridiculous budget. Any ideas on how this could be done? I thought some sort of infrared sensor would be cheaper than a pressure sensor like in the video, and could be connected to a computer or device with speakers, or maybe a speaker for every stair with a simple circuit. Then again, I haven't a clue about anything DIY. Any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by genericguy 8 years ago


Hi folks! No big deal, just reporting a minor typo: On, there is an "R" missing (as of 7:45 PM PST, 2-28-12): "Make sure to tell us in your into step why your project is EXTREME!" So maybe you should look around on the floor by where you typed the description, because that's probably where it fell off of the screen. Hopefully nobody mopped the floor or vacuumed or anything, because it sucks to have to fish through dirty mop water or nasty vac-dust to find such a tiny letter. Cheers! Mike

Posted by mikecraghead 6 years ago

Spinning Skyscraper + Damper Ball

For the civil engineers out there, check out this daring piece of architecture: a tower whose floors are independent and can turn on voice command. Each floor is built pre-fabricated off-site and then attached to the tower, and the building creates its own energy using wind turbines and solar power. Of course, for the building to look as smooth as it does below, you'll have to ask all of your neighbors to turn their houses or offices just so.Link via GizmodoOn the subject of skyscrapers, there's more--an insight into how the Taipei 101, the world's second tallest building (at the moment), survived the May earthquake in Sichuan, China. The building uses a 728-ton ball, suspended between five floors in the upper part of the tower, to damp vibrations from high winds or ground tremors. You can watch a video of the damper ball moving during the earthquake here.Link via Gizmodo and Deputy Dog

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

How can I get rid of the smell of damp concrete in my studio?

I have been working without success on the smell in my 12' x 14' studio for 5 months, so I really hope someone can help me. I can put my nose right up to the walls and the ceiling and the outlets and not smell anything. But when I put my nose right to the floor I smell the dank, musty, yucky smell of damp, dank concrete. The place reeks of it, I can't work in it. I smelled it last October when I was looking to buy the house, I told the inspector about it but he could not smell anything. Everyone can smell something when they open the door, some people can tolerate it but I can't. As soon as you open the door it just overwhelms you. What I have done so far: 1. Had two peg board walls removed and replaced with chipboard, because that was what the other walls were made of. I had assumed at that time that the smell was mold coming from the pegboard. At that time I looked at the insulation inside the studs and it was fine. It smelled so good with that new chip board up that I thought the problem had been solved. 2. In preparation for painting I caulked the ceiling, around the windows, and up against the floors where it meets the walls. 3. Painted 3 coats of Kills primer on all the walls. 4. Painted 2 coats of very good quality semi-gloss paint on all the walls. 5. I scraped off all of the existing paint that was on the floor. It was peeling in places which is what led me to think the smell was coming from the concrete. 6. Washed the floor with a de-greaser. 7. Washed the floor with sulphuric acid, and rinsed it about 30 times. 8. Painted the floor with 3 coats of special paint made for concrete basements to act as a waterproofer. 9. Painted 2 coats of sealer on top. 10. I called the previous owner who confirmed that the studio's monolithic slab was poured without a vapor barrier because code didn't call for it, because no one was going to spend the night there or live in it. He never noticed the smell. 11. In all this time I have run the A/C non-stop, with the windows open, with the windows closed, with no effect. I have even run the heater for a few days. I have cleaned the A/C over and over, there is nothing to clean and the smell is not coming from there. Is there anything I can put on the floor to effectively seal the smell from getting into the air? Why didn't all those coats of concrete paint and sealer do it?

Posted by Ninzerbean 5 years ago

iRobot Destroy!

IRobot has a dark side... a very very dark side. Who knew cute little robots that sucked gunk out of your floor would turn into this:

Posted by randofo 10 years ago

1 in a million shots!

So one time, i was practising throwing cards. i lay on the floor tossing cards at the ceiling. One stuck there, embedded in the popcorn texture. Stayed there for weeks. High ceiling.   Any other examples of a  long shot?

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago

(cell) phone can call into a speaker

Has anyone seen a solution where a (cell) phone can call into a speaker in a shop? Like have a phone that auto answers and connects to a loud speaker in a shop floor? Or another type of solution. thanks

Posted by gregdove 4 years ago


Is there an instructable that gives me an idea of what to do with those little laminate chips that contractors and vendors hand out on key chains? You know, the ones that are samples of flooring or countertops? I don't know what they're called, but I sure have a slew of them!

Posted by suziwollman 9 years ago

help to remember what im doing

The pic says it all lol. i can remember for the life of me where i am to solder the bass pickups to and where the out put goes to lol. ANY HELP PLEASE *begs on floor kissing feet*

Posted by joypad 5 years ago

Is silican dioxide/diaiomaceous earth safe in energized electronics

One of the problems with bringing found items home,is bugs that live inside.  i think the powder use for crawling buggers  is the safest i know of, I sprayed a couple items with the powder after i saw a big water-bug zip across the floor. Since i also had a acme juicer on the floor near where it exited, i sprayed that to with the silican dioxide/diaiomaceous earth mix, i may give it to a friend and dont  want to give her a roach problem. I also dont want it laying eggs inside. i doubt it went into the juicer,but better be safe. i was thinking of spraying everything i find  through the vent wholes so i dont release anytthing  into my apartment.  I did that one time when i took an A?C out of the window and lreplaced it.  i let the old one sit on the floor for aq couple days.  I had yellow jackets the whole summer  in here. It was common to  get up in the am and see 50 yellow-jackets on the sunny window.warming themselves

Posted by escapefromyonkers 7 years ago

Apartment Wind Turbine ideas

Hey all. I would like to gather opinions on 2 small wind turbines I'm thinking of constructing. Difficulty: I live in a third floor apartment (it's also the top floor). My first idea was to modify an old box fan and mount it outside my window. Then I walked into my bathroom, which has a noisy exhaust fan in it. I accidentally turned it on and realized that I could build a collapsable darrieus turbine that would fit up the exhaust vent, expand when outside, and hook that up to the exhaust fan motor already in the vent. Does this sound feasable? My goal is to see if I could charge a cell phone from the power generated by one of these two options. apologies for the quick-n-dirty sketch below.

Posted by Greenline 11 years ago

"concrete smell"

Some 20 years ago, I built an addition onto my house. It is built on a concrete slab with 42 inch block foundation. I have a completely finished room in which I have installed ceramic tile flooring. Under the ceramic tile I used Ardex to level the concrete before tiling.  For the last 20 years I have never noticed what now appears to be a "wet mortar joint" smell. I have become increasing alarmed about the slab leaching moisture into the room. There is no visible sign of moisture. The tile is not exceptionally cold; it's just that smell.  Can anyone put my mind at rest, or suggest to me what this might be and how to remedy it. I definitely can not destroy the floor. Please advise. Thank you.

Posted by moea 3 years ago

Looking for a speaker cabinet shelf project

I saw an instructable here that featured a guy gutting his floor speakers and turning them into nice home theater cabinets. I can't seem to find it and was wondering if anybody could point me in the right direction. Thanks!

Posted by lil_timmy1990 10 years ago