Awesome Storage Bench!

There are things you need to have handy on you patio or deck, like hoses and bug lights, that you don’t want to see when they are not in use. How about adding some extra storage and some extra seating at the same time with this wonderful storage bench.

This is great do it yourself project, that will require some carpentry  and tool knowledge, but certainly a beginner could accomplish it with a little extra time.

Things you will need:

TOOLS

  • Table saw
  • Combination square
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Saber saw
  • Yardstick
  • Two C-clamps
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
  • String

MATERIALS

  • 7 8-ft.-long 1-by-6s

  • Wood glue

  • 30 2-in. square-drive trimhead screws

  • 60 1¼-in. deck screws

  • 48-in. continuous hinge

  • 4 ft. of 24-in.-wide ¼-in. galvanized wire mesh

  • 20 ¾-in. trusshead screws

  • Wood sealer

  • 3½-in. hook and eye

For instructions on how to cut and assemble this storage bench visit Sunset.com

Is My Ceiling Fan Safe?

Before you replace your chandelier or light with a ceiling fan, you need to know that the electric junction box in the ceiling is rated to support your fan. All new fan boxes manufactured today are marked if they are fan rated and will have special barrel post for the fan screws.

Fan Rated Box

 

If you are unsure if your electric box is fan rated it is best to replace with one you know for sure is properly rated. Remember it is your safety at risk here!

There are many different styles of boxes made to day, some that will straddle a joist some with bars that span between the ceiling joists and others that are screwed to the side of the joists. Part depends on whether you are working on the support system with an open ceiling or closed, with or without access from above.

If you have the ceiling open where you can access the joist, use a box that attches directly to the joist provided it will be in the location you want it, it it is not where you want it you can use a bar box that spans across the joists.

If the ceiling is not open, but you have access from above, a side mount or bar mount can be used.

If the ceiling is closed here is a video showing how to install a bar box designed just for this situation.

 

 

 

Plant a Garden on Your Deck or Patio!

If you want to grow some herbs or vegetables, but don’t have a lot of room for a traditional garden, or maybe you know someone who is handicapped in some way, that getting to a garden would be tough, consider using a grow box and plant a garden on your deck or patio.

This great idea from Old World Garden Farms, with plans to build their grow boxes, that allow for growing plant in a pot inside the box, which looks great and has a built in trellis for staking things like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, etc. so they grow up off the ground for a great harvest.

The grow boxes virtually eliminate weeding. and make chores such as planting, watering, harvesting and fall clean-up a breeze. Combine multiple grow boxes with a few small raised beds for crops such as lettuce and beans – and you have a full-fledged low-maintenance vegetable garden!

Even better – by scouring up a few 5 gallon buckets, making home-made compost, your own soil mix, and using pallet wood to build your boxes – you can virtually make an entire garden for free.  

Building The Grow Boxes

grow boxes
You can use any wood material to build your box. These are pieces of rough sawn barn lumber cut and ready to assemble.

Since the soil and plants never come in contact with the wood – you can use reclaimed lumber or pallets to build your boxes  – meaning they can be made for little to no cost. You can also use traditional 2 x 6 framing or treated lumber as a low-cost alternative. All work and look great – and can be painted or stained to dress up the finished box. 

No matter what size – the building process is the same. You need to simply make sure that the completed box is large enough to fit over the container you will be using – and that there is enough room left to install either the metal or wooden trellis. 

 

Let’s use a 5 gallon bucket as an example.

Grow Boxes
Attaching trim pieces

Most 5 gallon buckets measure 12″ wide and about 14″ to 14.5″ high. So by creating a grow box with a minimum 14″x 14″ inside measurement and a height of 15″ – you leave plenty of space for the bucket and the trellis inside, and enough height to cover the bucket.  

2″ x 6″ framing or 1″ x 6″ decking lumber actually work great for the 5 gallon bucket grow boxes – creating a perfect 15″ x 15″ inside diameter when put together and overlapped on the ends. (see picture).  To hold the boxes together – we attach a simple trim piece to the bottom and top of the grow box.

To read the rest of the article visit Old World Garden Farms, whom we thank for this great DIY idea.

Neat Bunk Beds for the Kids!

If you need more play room for you little ones, you can build them a bunk bed that looks like a fire truck or maybe a bus that they will want to sleep in and play around in. Your child will be in their glory, and will spend hour creating wonderful memories.

This neat bunk bed design can be custom made to their favorite vehicle or even a castle with just a little imagination.

Fire-Truck-Bunk-Bed

 

Check out these great plans from goodshomedesign.com for the basic structure and then made some modification to fit your child’s imagination.

7 Awesome Pallet Furniture Ideas!

Making pallet furniture can be fun and exciting. The cost is minimal especially when compared to other furniture.

Here are some great ideas from Pallet Furniture UK, that you can get at great prices. But if you are not in the United Kingdom, you can use these ideas to build your own great looking furniture.

How about a wonderful outdoor dining table? Great for those large gatherings or a large family.

Outdoor pallet dining table

 

 

 

This corner seating area and table  a great addition to your patio. Folks can sit comfortably and have great conversations.

Garden corner lounger

 

And for the youngins, how about this rolling toy box so they can take their toys where ever they wish to play.

Toy box

 

How about a kitchen table, made all from reclaimed lumber.

Rustic Dining room table

 

Head over to the Next Page to see more!

 

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Installing a Ceiling Fan!

Ceiling fans are a great addition to any home. They will move the air around keeping the room at a more constant temperature, thereby keeping you more comfortable and your heating or cooling equipment working more efficiently.

Installing a ceiling fan is fairly simple but there are a few point you need to be aware of. Making sure that the connection box that is presently in the ceiling is rated for a ceiling fan, otherwise you will need to replace it with a properly rated box that can be picked up at most hardware stores. There are a few different types of boxes available, made for different types of applications.

Here is a great video with instruction on installing your ceiling fan.

 

Replacing a Bathroom Sink Drain!

Is your bathroom sink drain corroded or leaking? Replacing it is a simple project any DIYer can accomplish in a short period of time. With just a couple of tools and a little knowledge that you can get from the video below you are on your way to taking care of this little problem.

When replacing your sink drain you should be aware of the quality on the replacement parts. A good drain replacement will be made of brass part and will last a long time. You can buy the cheaper version that is made of plastic parts but can easily break.

Check out the video on replacing your bathroom sink drain.

Slow Draining Bathroom Sink?

From time to time we have all experienced a slow draining bathroom sink. Hair and soap scum and other debris gets caught in the trap or stuck to the pop-up drain stopper and causes the water to drain slow or stop altogether.

Cleaning out the sink drain is a simple process and can be done in about ten minutes. you will basically need a bucket and a pair of water pump pliers.

Here is a great video to show you how to accomplish this project.

Natural Backyard Privacy!

Natural Fencing

Here are ways you can get the backyard privacy you want naturally. Using plants and trees will not only give you privacy but help the environment as well and they look great. Even if you have a small yard this will work for you.

Fences made from wood still use many resources for production and transportation. Building a natural fence by planting trees and shrubs will reduce the impact on the environment and add mush needed greenery back in the world.

Natural backyard privacy fence does more then just keep unwanted eyes out of your space, they also help reduce noise from streets and neighboring properties. A natural fence will also block the wind and keep snow from blowing and drifting.

There are many different type of plants that can be used for great looking natural fencing. Evergreens are great for year round privacy, while deciduous plant provide spring flowering and nice fall colors they do not provide year round protection. Using plants native to your area will help reduce their need additional water and food.

A natural backyard privacy fence can also provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife, such as birds and other critters.

privacy-hedge

Let’s head over to the Next Page and do some natural backyard planning.

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Want a Great Looking Fence?

If you want a great looking fence for your yard that also gives you some privacy, Building your own cedar lattice fence is an awesome project that any DIYer can do.

Cedar is a great wood to use for outdoor projects, as it naturally prevents decay and insect infestation. Cedar is very stable, it does not warp, shrink, or splinter much (most pressure treated pine will eventually).

Using Pressure treated post and cedar boards and lattice will make your fence the envy of your neighborhood. To save some money and make your fence look a little more rustic you can use #2 cedar instead of clear cedar.

Here is a list of materials you will need for each 8′ section of fence.

 

Cut List

Panel
This cut list is for one 36-by-51-inch panel. Repeat for each panel, and customize the size of your panels as necessary to avoid partial panels in your run of fence. For the lattice panel stops, you can safely rip up to three from each 1×6 common cedar board. However, if you rip only two strips out of a 1×6, you’ll have enough width left over for the narrow sleeve parts. For our panels, we left 43 inches of post exposed above ground.

2×4 frame top and bottom: 2 @ 51 inches
2×4 frame side: 2 @ 33 inches
¾-inch stops: 4 @ 31½ inches (1x material ripped to ¾ inches wide to create a ¾-by-¾-inch square dowel)

¾-inch stops: 4 @ 48 inches (1x material ripped to ¾ inches wide to create a ¾-by-¾-inch square dowel)

Lattice: 1 @ 32⅞ by 47⅞ inches (to fit comfortably in a frame with internal dimensions of 33 by 48 inches)

Cap rail: 1 @ 49½ inches (Ripped to 5⅛ inches wide)

Post and sleeve
Make the visible front and back full-length sleeve pieces from clear cedar and the stops and blocks from less-expensive common cedar. To determine the number of sleeve pieces needed for each post configuration, refer to the list below.

Full-length sleeve pieces: 43 inches (Ripped to 5⅛ inches wide)

Bottom block sleeve pieces: 4 inches (ripped to 3⅝ inches wide)

Top block sleeve pieces: 3 inches (ripped to 3⅝ inches wide)

Middle post
1 full-length front piece 5⅛ inches wide
1 full-length back piece 5⅛ inches wide
2 top block 3⅝ inches wide
2 bottom block 3⅝ inches wide

End post
1 full-length front piece 5⅛ inches wide
1 full-length back piece 5⅛ inches wide
1 full-length side piece 3⅝ inches wide
1 top block 3⅝ inches wide
1 bottom block 3⅝ inches wide

Cornerpost
1 full-length front piece 5⅛ inches wide
1 full-length side piece 4⅜ inches wide
1 top block 4⅜ inches wide
1 bottom block 4⅜ inches wide
1 top block 3⅝ inches wide
1 bottom block 3⅝ inches wide

Click Here for a great video from This Old House, with step by step instructions for building your own cedar fence.