Don’t Trash Old Cordless Tool Batteries.

Cordless Battery

Do you have old rechargeable NiCad cordless tool batteries that just won’t take a charge any longer? Don’t throw them in the trash.

As Do It Yourselfer’s we like to have our tools and who wants to be limited by a power cord? But the bad part about battery operated tools is the batteries eventually get weak or die.

If you are tired of spending a ton of money on new batteries, there are a number of ways that they can be revived.

But please if none of them work for your batteries, take them to a recycling facility, they are very bad for the environment when put in the trash.

I have not tested any of these methods yet, but will let you know my results when I do.

The first thing to try if the charger won’t charge the battery and says to replace it. Try repeatedly unplugging and plugging in the charge, with the battery in the charger, until it begins to charge. Plugging the charger into an outlet with a switch will make this easier.

Here is a great video on how this works.

If this little trick doesn’t work, you basically need to “jump start” the battery. The next video will show you an easy way to do this.


Good luck with getting those batteries back up and working. Let us know how you make out with your battery repair.

Critters In The Garden

If you have critters in your garden, check this out.

I love seeing all the wild life roaming around my yard. But when it comes to my gardens, I want my hard work left for my enjoyment.

Trying to keep critters out of your gardens and from eating all your vegetables or flowers can be a hard task.

Using traps and chemicals can be dangerous to both humans and pets and can harm the environment as well.

Holly Mann designed and built some great cages for her raised bed gardens to protect her plants from these critters.

It didn’t cost a fortune or take weeks to build.

She used some 1×2 lumber, screws, some screening and staples to make her cages. Added a few hinges so they are easy to open.

 

You can see here fully instructions on how she build these here!

We would love to see your projects, Just drop us a comment and let us know what you have done.

Spark Up Your Home With Wood Shutters

Wood Shutters

Wood shutters were originally installed on homes to protect the homes windows from inclement weather. They were operational for the home owner to close them to keep flying debris from smashing thru. As time went on, many factors contributed to shutters no longer being used on most houses.

Shutters are now finding there way back into style, mostly as decorative features of a house.

Building your own wood shutters can add charm to just about any home and improve the curb appeal of your house.

Some things to keep in mind when making your shutters; Making them the correct size so they look like they belong, they should fit the height of the opening and be 1/3 to 1/2 the width of the window to look good.

Check out the video below to see how to make some simple, cost effected board and batten shutters.

There are many other shutter designs that you can build, although non quite as simple as board and batten shutters.

Be sure to weather proof all sides and edges of your shutters to help them last a long time.

 

The Magic of Floating Shelves. Want to Make These?

Aren’t shelves that seem to float on the wall just awesome? Ever wonder how to make them?

It’s really not magic, and something any DIYer can accomplish with the steps in the video below.

Here is all you will need to make your own floating shelf.

Tools You will Need:

Circular Saw OR Miter Saw
Table Saw
Drill
Kreg Jig (optional)
Orbital Sander
Nail Gun or hammer and finish nails
Tape Measure, Straight Edge, Pencil
Eye and Ear protection
<h2><strong>Supplies Needed</strong></h2>
Lumber for the frame and shelf – see wood list below
Steel Wool &amp; Vinegar Solution or Stain
Water-Based Polyurethane Spray
3” Wood Screws
1 ¼” Nails
Wood Glue

Check out Pete’s Step by Step directions at http://www.diypete.com