Get A DIY Doghouse For Your Dog!
How does it work?
You order the kit and when it arrives at your front door you assemble the kit, generally the DIY Dog House Kit consist of seven panels that you can assemble easily with basic tools and very little skill.
What do I need besides the kit?
You will need an area where you can locate the doghouse that is protected from the elements as much as possible, as an example if you reside in an extreme cold climate it would be wise to locate the dog house in a protected area from the wind.
If you reside in an extreme hot climate it would be ideal to locate it under a shade tree or a patio area so the direct sunlight is not heating it up during the day.
What is the best type of wood kit?
If money is no object then a composite dog house is ideal, however if you have limited funds to spend on a home then the ideal shelter would be a cedar dog house, preferably western red cedar.
Why western red cedar wood DIY Dog House Kit?
It is beautiful wood – The natural beauty of western red cedar features crisp, rich grain and is the preferred wood by many woodworking professionals for all types of designs. Because of the natural oils in the wood it is also resistant to insects and premature rotting.
It plays well with others – Western red cedar is resin and pitch free, meaning it will stain very well and it is readily available in all sizes and shapes.
It is an Eco-Friendly wood– Unlike some other building products like brick, concrete or other synthetic materials cedar will not generate greenhouse gasses and it is a renewable (if sourced from sustainable managed forests), biodegradable product.
By using real cedar for this doghouse it actually reduces the amount of Co2 (Greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. During the growing stages, young cedar trees absorb and hold Co2. This Co2 is maintained even through cutting and manufacturing.
Allowing the trees to grow though out their lifespan and become old, as they begin to age and break down, that previously absorbed Co2 begins to release back out into the air.
Won’t Any Cedar Work Just As Well?
What makes western red cedar unique is the tannin oils that throughout the wood, meaning it doesn’t require the high maintenance like other cedars such as the cheaper white or yellow cedar wood.
All wood requires some type of care but the western red will stand up to the elements much longer, a simple application once a year with a wood sealer will ensure your doghouse will last a long time.
Okay I want a new dog house but what size do I need? There are several obvious considerations when selecting the right size house for your dog. You will need to consider the height of your dog for the door opening; they need to clear the door when they enter, however it is wise to have the entry as small as possible to help retain heat in the winter or to keep the house cooler in the summer.
So if the entry is approximately three fourths of the length (shoulder to ground) of your dog they can enter comfortably. However this is a guideline you know your dog better than anyone. If your dog is elderly “ducking” (as most dogs do while entering a door) may be difficult and should be taken into consideration.
The next consideration is the width and the length for your dog, again breeds vary as does each dog. Your dog needs to be able to enter the dog house and turn around. Is your dog (gasp) overweight? If so that needs to be taken into consideration.
A guideline that can be used is not having the house more than 25% bigger than your dog. So if your dog is 20 inches in length (nose to flank not including tail) then you may consider a house 25 inches in length & 25 inches in width or a little larger. Again this is a guideline.
If you are in a warm climate year round having the house a bit larger is not a problem. On the other hand an oversized house in a harsh winter climate is going to be hard to retain heat. If you can’t decide, or if you think your dog is in-between sizes it is wise to go to the next size larger, look at it this way if you were buying a mattress would you want your feet hanging over the end?
Next consideration is the height of the dog house.
The 25% guideline applies here as well so if your dog stands 20 inches from head to toes your house should be approximately 25 inches tall or a little larger. It is not a problem if the height is more than 25% as long as it does not exceed 50% of your dog’s height.
So there you have some guidelines, if you are still confused watch your dog and the next time they are stretched out on the floor take note of the space they need to be comfortable get a tape measure and measure that area.
Most gardening enthusiasts may like the idea of having their own greenhouse in their backyard; however purchasing one can be a challenge if you are gardening on a budget. This post is a How To – Build Cheap Easy Greenhouses.
Did you know you can make small greenhouses from everyday items around the house? Some of these items are old windows or even empty plastic soda bottles, to name but a few.
For some fantastic ideas for creating a diy greenhouse with everyday items go to this page for several different options, you can copy these plans or they may give you some of your own ideas.
One of the first factors you will need to consider is what size you want to start with, if it is your first greenhouse it might be wise to start small and then expand once you know you are going to enjoy the entire process.
You may want a large unit but the larger it is the more time it will take to maintain and harvest your plants. Also you will need to decide if you want to do it year round.
The next item on your greenhouse list is what you want to grow; will it be vegetables, flowers, other plants or all of the above? The type of plants you want will determine the space you will need plus the time it will require on your part.
The next element is placement, do you have enough space? If space is not a concern then the next order of business is the greenhouse orientation, because you will want as much sunlight as possible.
Once you have figured out your growing goals and figured out the size you desire then it is time to put together a materials list you too can Build Cheap Easy Greenhouses.
First what is it and what does it do?
Your DIY Calming Glitter Jar is designed to represent your mind and the glitter is your feelings or thoughts.
Our minds are going all the time and often are filled with clutter because of our visual environment and our social activities or perhaps our work environment, regardless you mind is trying to process it all.
Your mind can get cluttered just like your house or garage and sometimes you need to figure out a way to slow everything down and relax, this is where the glitter jar comes into play.
The glitter jar with its circling glitter is designed to calm our minds and allow for clarity, because before you can have clarity the mind must be calmed down, the same process as meditation.
By focusing on the floating glitter as it sinks to the bottom of the jar we become more aware of ourselves and our surroundings.
When we do this we can change how we may be processing particular feelings especially if they are negative and making us feel depressed or overwhelmed.
The glitter jar is not sensitive to gender or age it will work for anyone, simply shake the jar and breathe easy.
To learn how you can make your own jar with step by step instructions and a complete materials list browse this page!
In fact just the process of making the calming jar can be start to clearing your mind, focusing on something rather than your problems can be very healing!
So gather all the materials from the list provided and start your DIY project today and learn how you can relax and clear your mind of negativity and clutter.
It is a great project to do with your children!
DIY wood bending techniques for a variety of furniture projects.
This video shows you how you can actually bend wood for a variety of different projects that you may want to tackle but requires shaping wood to fit the project design.
There are numerous woodworking projects that will require some type of bending technique to allow for the design to be completed whether it is a guitar, a rocking chair or some pieces of other fine furniture.
Bending wood sounds weird but it can be done to learn more watch this video for insights and technique.
Grow Your Own Herbs Indoors!
When you think about all the reasons why you may want to grow your own herbs indoors all you have to do is think about your favorite recipes and how wonderful they would be with fresh herbs. This entire space is dedicated to talking about an indoor herb garden kit for beginners and what it may involve and how you can benefit.
Over the years grow light technology has dramatically improved making it far easier to start your own herb garden and the reason indoors is a great place to start is obvious, you can do it any time of the year and the plants are at your fingertips.
This idea is certainly not a new one, for years kitchen gardeners have been using their window sills to grow their favorite herbs, however the conditions may not always be ideal on the window sill for a serious yield so it may require a little more planning and an ideal environment that will almost guarantee your success, that is where the kit comes into play.
An herb kit will provide the ideal growing environment, supplying the right amount of light and a growing space to yield the herbs or other plants that you desire. It is a good idea to start a project like this small and then after you have improved your skills you can expand into a larger outdoor or indoor area if you desire.
There are endless possibilities with developing a garden area, you can start small with an indoor kit and later expand into a large area either indoors (with you have the space) or outdoors, you can even sell your crops to a local markets market vendor or set up a booth of your own.
But before we get carried away with the future the best place to start is at the beginning and what type of herbs or plants you want to start with. The herb kit featured here includes Genovese Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill and Mint, however you are not limited to those selections, after or before your initial success you can add from a variety of vegetables or other plants.
The unique feature of this beginner kit is that it doesn’t require any soil, so you just add a selected pod, some water and watch the plants grow, which they will do five times faster than in soil.
Here are just a few features of this grow kit:
Grow Herbs Vegetables Or Flowers Year Round
With its compact design you can place it on a countertop and it requires a very small footprint, it is also attractive so it will not be an eye sore. The system is designed to be automated so you do not have to do anything other than add water or plant food; the rest is done for you, the control panel will alert you if it needs attention.
The setup is easy and will only require a few minutes, no dealing with planting soil and the mess it can create. Since everything you need to get started is included in the kit you will be up and running in no time and have fresh plants at your disposal.
So How Long Will It Take For Herbs?
Most herbs will reach germination in about seven to fourteen days and you will be to able to harvest in approximately four to six weeks, not only that but you will have a yield for up to six months and perhaps longer, depending on the plant.
So What Do I Have To Do?
Simple just add the water and plant food! This herb kit uses an advanced hydroponic system to create the perfect growing environment, supplying the right amount of water, light, nutrients and oxygen your plants need to excel. The system meters out the right amount of water and food your plants need automatically.
The Smart Led Lighting System uses LED lights which are far more efficient than standard florescent grow lights. The system is designed to optimize the light spectrum and it delivers the concentrated light necessary for optimal growth of your plants.
The system grows plants 5 times faster than plants grown indoors using typical garden potting soil. The adjustable lamp arm allows a growing space of 12 inches for high yields and plant variety. The kit could literally pay for itself depending on what you choose to grow and how much you consume.
Fresh Is Healthy And Taste Great
There have been studies that suggest lettuce grown in the kit contains more Vitamin C than lettuce purchased at a local grocery chain. There is nothing better than fresh produce for a garden salad or adding to your favorite recipes.
No Pesticides Non-GMO No Herbicides
Non GMO has been in the news lately and there are none present in the kit seeds or other pods that you can purchase as long as they are from the same source as the kit. Many of the seed pods are of heirloom quality so you can be assured the best quality plants.
But I Don’t Have A Green Thumb!
Then this Indoor Herb Garden Kit For Beginners is perfect for you and designed with you in mind, the system does all the work so you don’t have to worry about whether you are doing everything right. You may have a green thumb but just may not have the time to tend to an herb garden, again this is the perfect system because it doesn’t require a lot of your time to benefit from fresh herbs or plants.
A Few Common Questions About Indoor Herb Kit
Question: Is the system loud?
Answer: Customers have stated their ice maker was louder than the system.
Question: Does the system require 220 volt or will it run on it?
Answer: The system runs on normal household 110 volt.
Question: Can I customize the kit and grow other plants together?
Answer: Yes you can! In fact there are pod kits designed especially for that purpose.
If you were lucky enough to have grown up on a farm or in earlier times more than likely you experienced clothes drying on the line in the backyard. If not and you want a DIY backyard clothesline experience for your own then visit this page.
It has step by step instructions on how to build your own clothesline with some brief history into why it may matter to you. Whatever reason or reasons you may have for constructing your own clothesline there are a variety of advantages, some are obvious like no drying energy bill or the fresh smell.
Those individuals that want to create a smaller carbon footprint will enjoy this idea and gain the benefit of clean and fresh smelling laundry. Maybe you like the idea of putting out all your laundry on the line at the same time (if so make sure you make it big enough) and save drying time and your time.
There are a few pointers that you want to make sure you pay attention to like using the right line so it doesn’t rust. Also some may argue that the clothes may feel stiff from drying outside, if that is something that bothers you just toss it in the dry for a few minutes and problem solved.
Another idea is that not all your laundry has to dry on the line but rather select items, like sheets or diapers (if you use that type).
Besides drying laundry a clothesline comes in handy for other items as well, like cleaning large area rugs from your house, or drying out a sleeping bag after a not so wonderful camping trip. There are numerous other uses as well and once you have one you may come up with your own ideas.
So get started on your own DIY backyard clothesline today and reap the benefits!