Is it possible to make an outside dog house using the frame of a wire crate. Possibly building the wood around the wire frame?
Posted by Terriestephens 5 years ago
I am living in a condo (apartment Building, 2nd Floor). For the last 5 days my house smells of chemicals like paint or something very close to the paint . In the living room we have small office area with computer and printer where smells very strong. Also this smell is in the kitchen, in the bedroom, all over the apartment. I am the only one that can smell it. It is not paint. The refrigerator works ok, the stove is electric and the furnace is turned off. The Consumers checked for gas, but there was non. Who should I call in order to come and detect where this smell is coming from?
Posted by Aladana 3 years ago
The Roll It is an experimental house design that was developed at the University of Karlsruhe. To use the house in a different way, just walk along the inside to roll it to create a new up and down. There's a bed, an exercise area, and even a kitchen with a sink. I really wish I could find an explanation of how that last one works. Roll It via Core77
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
There is a mouse in my house!! Isn't he cute!! Any suggestions as how to get rid of him? He has taken a nibble of every single packet in my grocery cabinet.. Must have been looking for a tasty one. Any suggestions would be helpful. Oh... and I do not want to kill him. Thanks
Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago
If windows could be closed and opened automatically, it could extensively help regulate inside air temperature- a big boon to those of us with no AC. Coupled into a remote-control house, it might reduce electrical consumption and/or increase comfort extensively. I am imagining an add-on to the type of windows that slide up and down; seems the type that opens with a crank would be very easy to retrofit, but they aren't very common, and not very insulating, in my experience.
Posted by whittey 4 years ago
Hi guys, I have a cat box that my indoor cats hated. (here's direct link if the images i uploaded didn't work: http://www.wayfair.com/New-Age-Pet-Habitat-n-Home%25E2%2584%25A2-Litter-Box-Cover-NEW1075.html ) I'd like to configure this into an outdoor cat house. I would put it in the shed which has missing front doors so it will already be protected from rain/leaks. I would like to use Styrofoam on the outside of the box for insulation. What would be the best way to attach it? Just duct tape? There are A LOT of animals in my neighborhood thanks to the woodlands and a pond about a quarter mile from our house. If I make the door opening just small enough so Whitey can fit, will this keep out raccoon and possums? I plan to cut an escape door too! I also to use 8x8 carpet pieces, cut them in half, and screw them in so that helps keep the warmth. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you :)
Posted by lizlove87 2 years ago
I am in the process of renovating my house. I have redone the porch with pvc balusters and columns but it still needs something and I don't know what it is. Maybe the porch needs painted a different color or maybe shutters. Im just not sure. Anybody got any advice?
Posted by brian41527 5 years ago
These chaps have built houses entirely out of either glass bottles or plastic bottles.I saw pictures of the first on BBC Newsround (kids' news) - it looks quite good. I haven't found pictures of it online, but I have found this old oneI can't help wondering what they look like at night...
Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago
I'm pretty sure it was in the Halloween category. It was lit up with all different colors, had boards across the windows. I even made a comment on it. I wanted to show my husband but now I can't find it... Anyone know where it is? (Not geographically, but on the site LOL) Thanks :-D
Posted by notalis1970 7 years ago
Hey, Just publish an instructable Slide show for the Gingerbread Slideshow contest. I received an e-mail saying it was excepted, but it does not show up in the group, nor does it show up in the community searches. I can see it in my account, but nowhere else. Any help would be appreciated. Happy Holidays Scooter76
Posted by scooter76 8 years ago
Ever since i was 12, i've wanted to live in a warehouse, 1000+ square feet. my plan would be to build an apartment (myself) on the inside, out or 2x4s, etc. I would build the inner house to code, insulate and heat it (so i wouldnt have to heat a million cubic feet), and just do all the stuff you can only do when you live in a warehouse. like ride a go-kart between your bedroom and kitchen, and have a trampoline in your living room. Now that i'm approaching the age of "hey, you're gonna be 23 soon, you'd better start thinking about a house", this is becoming more and more appealing to me. Anyone have any input on procedures, policies, zoning regulations, bills, etc? If (when) i do it, i'll most assuredly post an 'ible.
Posted by falcotheimpaler 9 years ago
Hello everyone. I have plans for foldable and floating house fit for 2 people with WC, 2 beds, 2 fishing chairs with tables and maybe a bbq :) I dont have the money to build it but its a dream of mine. I'll be happy if someone is interested and actually build this thing. when folded its 250sm / 150sm / 50 sm h. For the materials i can use steinless steal squares for base, old inner tires for support, light aluminium rods for the roof, some watter resistent fabric for the walls and some custom made beds and tables. I'm working on pictures with some lame architecture program and i'm posting them as soon as i can. I also have schematics of the joints and locking systems ... well if anyone is interested let me know
Posted by WishKeeper 3 years ago
Okay! Summer project time. I've been collecting acid barrels from my dad's work. Each 55 gallon, plastic drum, is 35 inches high and 24 inches in diameter (90 x 60cm) can hold 460 pounds in fresh water. At the moment, I have 9 barrels. I get another every month, so by mid-springtime, I will have 12 barrels. My question to you, is how would you go about making a house boat, or floating platform. I don't have a specific use for it, just a place to get away with friends or by myself. I would like some kind of canopy. I live about 25 minutes away from the river I plan to set my boat on. A friend of mine has a decent sized trailer, and that is what we would haul it on. My other question is, would I have to have my house boat licensed, or 'labeled' to be legal? Thanks in advance, some sketches would be appreciated. :D
Posted by bumpus 9 years ago
Hi guys! I figured I might try sharing what I've made here. Recently I've gotten the full version of FL Studio and during some spare time, I enjoy composing my own music. I mainly stick to the Melodic House genre, as it is my favourite type of music. Anyhow, here's my most recent project, I've worked for quite some time on this one, and I think its pretty good, at least in my opinion. Could you guys tell me what you think, and perhaps some tips and stuff to work on for my next composition. It really would mean a lot, thanks and I hope you enjoy. Also, for those of you who have FL, I wouldn't mind giving tips as well! https://soundcloud.com/koolcoasterkid/dimensions There are also 2 other recent songs on my Soundcloud channel, if you are interested as well.
Posted by koolcoasterkid 3 years ago
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
I want to build my own version of Trash Can Trauma from the Halloween edition of Make magazine http://makezine.com/halloween2007/trashcan/I got some props and the trash can and was wondering the best way to power it Electrical or pneumatics? if pneumatics are the best way then I can buy an air compressor from Harbor Freight tools for $100 Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Posted by RattandRoll 10 years ago
Down here the winter was too short and not cold enough, meaning insect life is literally exploding in numbers already. The house I moved in has badly installed flyscreens on the doors and windows, most likely due to the fact that the house is moving up and down in several points... Anyway, due to the gaps everywhere I found myself with the problem that the mozzies covered my entire front and back door areas. With an unsupporting landlord not even allowing me to replace the bad flysreens with proper ones at my cost I was left with less invasive options to tackle the problem. Before you ask: No I am not even allowed to fix holes in the flyscreens covering the windows :( My next step was to check the local garden center for some natural solutions. Lemon grass seems to do the trick for the inside, the smell also keeps flies away really good. But I had to put the pots in the garden as the ongoing smell gives me headaches. It also did very little to prevent the mozzies from coming inside when I opened any outside door for a few moments. Only way out was to get rid of the mozzie population having daily meeting around my doors. At the local hardware store I found several "surface sprays" and they all stated to be very effective against cockroaches, spiders and other crawling insects - too bad I don't have a problem with them LOL After asking I was informed that those sprays do little to nothing for flying insects, including mozzies and that I would waste my money. During my next shopping trip I got desperate and grabbed a can of surface spray from Aldi. Was under 3 bucks, so I had nothing to loose compared to the 40-80 bucks for a canister of "the good stuff" from the hardware store. At the checkout an old lady asked if I moved into a new house with cockroaches when she saw the spray and I said that I only have a problem with mozzies. She recommended to eat more bananas ROFL Back home it was already too sunny at the front door for the mozzies to show up so I waited till the late afternoon and sure enough I found the area covered with them again. The spray annoyed them badly but I kept spraying all cracks, surfaces and also the gaps at the roof line. Kept checking for a while but could not see any real effect on the mozzies other than swarming around me and trying to suck my blood. Next morning I found the floor at the door covered by a carpet of dead mozzies! I don't mean a few, I am talking enough to take the brrom to clear them up :) Now for the past 5 days the body count is going down quite fast while my door stays free of mozzies. Still have them flying around in "normal" numbers but I can get in and out without a swarm of them following me. Since the product is plant based and considered to be without any side effects on humans or pets I will see how long it lasts and then just spray again - this three dollar can should last throughout the summer... You might wonder why I go through all these troubles... Long story short, I am quite allergic to the bites. Happened as a kid when during a warm summer night at a friends place I got so many bites that the doc gave up counting. He reached over 200 just by counting my head and face to the shoulders... Now I am allergic to the bites, the itch lasts over a week and thebite area swells up to the size of a 50 cent coin with blisters forming after 2 days. You might not get it hat bad but if you do suffer from the bites I found two remedies that help with the itch and reaction: a) BBQ igniter (the manual push type without batteries)! They work like the expensive clickers you get at the pharmacy but last much longer - plus they require more force. The rounded tip is placed directly onto the bite and when you push the button in to "get shocked" two things happen. First the pressure forces the soliver that causes the reaction into deeper skin layers where there are less receptors for the itch. Secondly the high voltage breaks down certain parts of the soliver making it far less effective to cause harm. Downside is that you might like the shock in certain areas and that you should shock at least 10 to 15 times to get a real benefit from it. b) Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) You put a drop of H2O2 directly onto the bite or for difficult areas use a soaked cotton bud. Rubbing it in with a cotton bud for a minute or two works best IMHO. You might see your skin turn white or feel a slight burn right where the bite is - that is normal and harmless. The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen into the skin - this turns the skin white for short period of time. But the oxygen also breaks down the soliver and the byproducts of the body reaction to it. Works great for horse fly bites too. Downside here is that you should not overdo things and that you should test first how sensitive you are to the reaction. A good test is to apply it onto a small cut or scratch to clean it. If you tolerate that then won't even feel it on a mozzie bite. I hope some of this will help you through the summer ;)
Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago
This house in Maine has no furnace and will generate more power than it uses. With some extreme air-tightness and solar panels this is one super efficient house. It even has mood ring-style lights on the side to let you know how it's doing. Green is for Net-Zero use, yellow is on the border, and red for pulling more from the grid. Linkvia MAKE
Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago
Ok, starting today, I will be making a forum thread for every House Md. episode the day after it airs in between 3 and 5 p.m. I am a HUGE House fan, as is all of my family. Any discussion about yesterdays episode? I personally am sad about what happened. (If you want to know what happened just ask and I'll pm you) DON"T TELL IN THIS THREAD
Posted by ItsTheHobbs 9 years ago
When Manuel Rapoport found himself waist-deep in dry milk cans, he decided to make the best of it and weatherproof his house in Patagonia. Relying on what his infant twins had consumed, and donations from local restaurants and bars, he turned the cans into sheets to insulate his house. Glass bottles were cut in two and glued together, used as thermic-isolating bricks for small skylights and windows.Plus it looks awesome! Kudos Manuel.via: treehugger
Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago
Check out this NYTimes slideshow of an absolutely awesome house on Long Island!None of the surfaces are level, everything is brightly colored, and you'd have to hang curtains to get any privacy. The architects included poles to help people stay upright when climbing around. I totally want one of these... From the article:The house is off-limits to children, and adults are asked to sign a waiver when they enter. The main concern is the concrete floor, which rises and falls like the surface of a vast, bumpy chocolate chip cookie.But, for Arakawa, 71, an artist who designed the house with his wife, Madeline Gins, the floor is a delight, as well as a proving ground.As he scampered across it with youthful enthusiasm on a Friday evening in March, he compared himself to the first man to walk on the moon. "If Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, "This is even better!Then Ms. Gins, 66, began holding forth about the health benefits of the house, officially called Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa). Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, she said, will stimulate their immune systems."They ought to build hospitals like this," she said.A reporter, who thinks they should never, ever build hospitals like this, tried to go with the flow.
Posted by canida 10 years ago
In another year or so we're hoping to buy an "investment opportunity" house and, as we're fixing it up, I would LOVE to add a house-wide puzzle leading to a final prize. Ideally the mystery would start with seemingly decorative scrabble tiles in the guest bathroom and take the players all over the house and garden. I'd love for it to have three or four tracks that all need to be solved to get to the final prize, that way we can do them in installments (get track 1 up and running, then 2, etc) so friends can start playing sooner rather than later. I'd also love at least two of the tracks to use only stuff that'll go with the house when sold, like the cabinets, garden rocks, etc, so that the next owners can continue the game. I've started collecting ideas and would love to hear more. The only limit is to please keep your ideas doable - while it would be fantastic to, say, have a wall slide away to reveal a secret underground cave I'm not so certain we can dig one of those out in our spare time. Inspiration for all this comes mainly from the Myst games (ah, Riven, how I loved thee!) and this puzzle apartment in New York.
Posted by kitnrose 8 years ago
Hi Forum. My wife and I have just purchased a piece of land. It was a stretch but the plan is to check out of the rat race once and for all. What we are looking for is ideas, plans, resources, links etc for a DIY home that won't require a mortgage from hell. Any and all ideas greatly appreciated. Also interested in looking at prefab as an option. Thanks. Thoughtfission.
Posted by muddywaters 8 years ago
My friends think there house is haunted, I really want to mess with them so i came up with this idea. Is there any way i can rig up the house lights rooms to turn on and off, I also need to way to make knocking and scratching noises, and lastly I need to way to get doors and cabinet doors to open. Can this also be done using a web sever so one can do this while on a laptop? I really have no clue where to start and any help will be amazing. Thank you!
Posted by gps555j 6 years ago
Ok so long story short i want to make a serious home theater system. i have all the amps and speakers, but they are from a car. so i will need to run them from 12ish volts from my home outlets. so i cam wondering what kind of adaptor i should be making or using. i see pre-made ones that have an output of 12v with their amps ranging from 3-15 and watts from 3 to 300. i am no electrician and have little electrical experience, so i am wondering if i should go with more or less amps and watts, i dont need to fry anything as the amp and speakers i have are expensive! THANKS!
Posted by mrmoose87 6 years ago
Hi to All - I have a problem with an old farm house that has some sort of opening into which a bee colony has called home as well. I am really not wanting to simply kill the hive, as I know of the importance of bees, but I can't have them stay much longer as the colony/hive is growing in size. Does anyone have any ideas on how to try to "encourage" the hive to move out without being destructive?
Posted by ATPinCanada 1 year ago
More innovation from Japan. This looks more like a tent than a house to me, but it's definitely waterproof. Looking at the pictures toward the bottom of the page, it's surprisingly spacious and perfect for all sorts of circular socializing.Link via Make: blog
Posted by joshf 10 years ago
This UK couple did a pretty remarkable thing when they transformed a former public restroom into their current hoe with an ocean view. Sure they'll have lots of loo hokes in the future, but they also have a pretty killer location. Kudos to them for turning something that people wouldn't have thought twice about into something they would covet. A loo with a view via inhabitat
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
Hi, I am looking for any and all info related to building my own low cost eco house. Off grid if possible. I moved to France last year and purchased a 1 Ha piece of land. I had a good job and the world was our oyster. Then, on Friday the 13th, 2013 I lost my job. I also lost everything we owned in the world when it burned to the ground along with the storage facility it was in - and almost no insurance. This all happened within 90 minutes. I am not looking for sympathy or charity, just good advice. My wife and I are not going to give up on the dream, we just need to chase it on a much reduced budget! Currently I am clearing the 2 acres (1 Hectare) which is overgrown with about 3000 pine trees, and, thorn bushes that are 3-4 yards tall in some places. I hope there are some fellow dreamers here willing to share their ideas, designs, experience and knowledge. Thanks so much.
Posted by thoughtfission 4 years ago
I live in a semi-rural area. We are hours from a decent motorway, but hip-deep in caravan parks. Given the UK law that limits trailers to 50mph, I am generally disapproving of anything towed. However, this trailer tent designed by Axel Enthoven is a thing of beauty and luxury. The Opera trailer tent has features including central heating, teak flooring (and a veranda!), ceramic toilet, electrically adjustable twin beds (which can be joined into a double), kitchen sink (of course), onboard water boiler (which supplies a fountain?), fridge and low-energy LED lighting “from awning to floor” (yes there are uplights!). Unfortunately, beauty has a price - €24,000 puts it in the price-range of campers with engines and no restriction to 50mph... Your Suite in Nature via Notcot.
Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago
The house i live in is falling apart at the seams. I fix every problem as it arises but a few things have stumped me or I've just never tackled them before. Any advice? 1. Gaping holes in Brick/Plaster walls left by electricians? 2. Panel from door punched through and sticky taped in good dodgy tradition. An attempt appears to have been made before to repair but the material has swelled with moisture (bathroom door). ? Cheers.
Posted by terielise 5 years ago
I posted this in the pro section as well under the "welcome" forum, not really sure where it belongs. . . Hey guys, I just wanted to introduce myself to the community here, and shoot some ideas off of you. I have been a lurker going on a year now for instructables, and I decided to join when my friend submitted a project. He did the www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Playhouse/ Pallet Playhouse where he built a playhouse out of used pallet wood. If you haven't seen if, I would suggest a quick look he did a good job on it! For me, I think I have decided on what I want to do, and I wanted some suggestions from you guys in terms of what I could do for my project. I want to build a system to connect ski boots to skis and recharge the heaters on the boots via solar power on your skis. Now, I am not sure of the surface area of solar cells that I would need, the power the boots usually run off of, if it is better to just buy an existing system, or if I should put in some kapton heaters and a control system, and do the board design myself. I have seen even etching for board designs here, so I could theoretically do this very cheap in terms of monetary cost if I wanted to go that route. What I am looking for is going through a good cost breakdown analysis, what my budget in time and money is, and what is doable. I am pretty handy, and will mess with anything I can get my hands on, and I have a fairly high learning IQ so I would be able to replicate most of the instructables here just to give you an idea at what I could do. So here is what my ideas are initially. Taking an existing boot and battery system, disconnecting the existing battery pack, putting on my own battery system, and using the solar power to top off/charge the batteries. . .or using the solar power to power the batteries. I still need to see what the power requirement is for existing boots, and what the maximum power output per ski would be if I had solar cells on the ski, what to do with the excess power, if there is any, how to handle the overflow power, waterproofing the system etc, but I think it is doable. I am unemployed, and I have a business that I am planning, but I am awaiting loan approval from the bank, so I have a few weeks of free time soon. I was thinking of some cool projects to do, came to the sight and thought of my own. I figured this would be a great project to learn some stuff about ee, since I am a me by trade. Anyhow, I love the site, wanted to introduce myself, and if you have any ideas of suggestions, please let me know. Cheers, Michael
Posted by chomerics 8 years ago
Hi i was watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWi3NtND68 ( using a bottle filled with water to reflect light inside the house ) may be someone can can use mirrors or magnifier to run a solar panel inside the house and do more than just light . ( heating water , spread lights to other rooms ,cool the house , etc ... ) thanks Michael
Posted by pacbe11 5 years ago
It's gingerbread house season! Making miniature houses out of gingerbread and frosting and candy is hard to resist and in honor of these tiny abodes we will be having a Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest coming soon! It's a slideshow contest so you don't have to put up instructions of how you made it, just the amazing results. More details soon!
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
I maid a rediculus card house, how high can you make a card house?
Posted by REDNEK777 9 years ago
Is there anyone that has gone through the process of setting up a sustainable housing development, preferably in Australia, but would be happy to learn of some expriences elsewhere. I've built my own house but am now considering to setup a project to build more efficiently - perhaps get 15 to 20 people together and buy a larger piece of land which would be lot more efficient to build on - with share facilities etc.
Posted by icecreamguru 5 years ago
Plants in your home can do much more than make a room aesthetically pleasing. Certain plants can minimize or neutralize the damage of three of the most common household toxins: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene. This chart from Good Magazine shows you which plants you can use to turn your house into a floral, detoxed home.Link
Posted by joshf 10 years ago
My Canon A70 broke, and I replaced it with a A720 that does not fit my waterproof housing. Anyone out there have an A60 or A70 and want a WP-DC700 waterproof housing? I'll send you mine for the cost of shipping it to you.
Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago
Hi, How ya'll doing? I'm planning on building a metal workshop soon. I plan on building a 60' x 40' shop with a Mother-in-law apartment on one end. That space will be 20' x 40'. I've been searching for small houseplans online and haven't found very many. I did see an article on small house design for some homes that were built in New Orleans after the hurricane. It was called a Shotgun house. This would work very well. However, I can't find any floor plans. Does anyone have any ideals where I could find floor plans of the Shotgun house (for cheap)? As the king would have said: Well uuh, thank ya, thank ya very much.
Posted by wheelbme 8 years ago
$5-$10 Gingerbread House kits.... I highly recommend NOT buying one. Not only are they not flammable... They taste bad, difficult to assemble AND they don't come with the parts to make it just like on the box....This was one sad sad house -- so we put it out of its misery... Just thought I'd share...http://www.primitiveengineering.com/blog/?p=47 <-- Some videos in there...
Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago
Can you think of ways to make a knife out of cheap, easy to find items around the house? I came up with a knife made out of a Penny and a Nickle! Now lets see what you can thing of! (butter knifes, dinner knifes, and pocket knife do not counts , be creative :P )
Posted by iMac 10 years ago