I apologize for my posts being somewhat PVC-centric lately, the stuff is just so cheap and versatile so it is hard to stay away from sometimes. I am not attempting to insult anyone’s intelligence, but I wanted to post a quick video of how to properly join PVC pipe and fittings together using PVC primer and cement.
Step 1 – Check the fit of the components to be joined.
Step 2 – Prime/Prep/Clean areas to be joined.
Step 3 – Apply cement to the inside of both components being joined.
Step 4 – Insert pipe into fitting and hold in place for about 5 seconds so that the cement/glue does not force pipe out of fitting.
Step 5 – Allow 15 minutes cure time for handling and about 2 hours before putting the pipe into service.
Here is a video of the same process pictured above.
As a homeowner, handyman, tinkerer, and serial DIY’er I can think of few skills that are as useful as the ability to weld. Whether it be a want, or a need, the ability to securely join metal together can add greatly to many home projects. Unfortunately many people, including do-it-yourselfers, lack this skill and are often intimidated by the thought of high flowing electricity and the ever-present sight of sparks and molten metal while welding metals together, not to mention the cost of welding equipment and consumables. It can be a scary hobby to dive into.
For those of you unwilling to overcome the trepidation, you are missing out, thanks for reading. For those of you willing to learn new safety, process, and scientific methods, read on and enjoy. Although learning to weld safely most definitely requires beginners to learn a wide array of welding safety practices, it can be done by anyone in a very safe manner with little risk to the welder, and good welding safety practices can be learned from a variety of free and readily available sources such as this industry leading company.
Since the time I was probably 16 or 17 years old I had wanted to learn to stick weld but had no idea where to turn for my education. Despite working as a weld quality inspector for several years I did not start my journey in welding until a year or two after I left the industrial inspection field. A few years after becoming a homeowner and completing many projects and repairs around the house myself, I realized that welding would allow me to be so much more versatile as a do-it-yourselfer and some projects that needed to be done would not be possible for me without being able to weld. Now that I was insistent on learning to weld I faced two major road blocks in doing so, first, welding equipment is expensive, and second, I did not have anyone to teach me.
THE FIRST SOLUTION
Knowing the cost involved with welding was not low, and not knowing whether I would be any good at it or even like it, I began researching cheap, off-brand welding machines in hopes of finding one with decent reviews in my price range. After weeks of research and internal debate, I decided on the Goplus 110/220v Arc Welder, a decision that I would not regret. At a price of just under $100 I figured the financial risk to reward was relatively low considering it had overall pretty good reviews. The only issue that I ever had with the machine was that it did not work upon arrival. I opened the metal cover up and quickly discovered that it came to me with the ground wire unattached to the cover due to not being screwed down by the ground wire connection screw. About a minute and 6 turns of a wrench fixed the issue and this machine was off and running.
THE SECOND SOLUTION
Since I had no one to give me any hands-on training on how to weld metal I did what I considered to be the next best and closest thing to getting private instruction, I searched the internet. I watched hundreds of videos, read hundreds of blog and website posts, and even bought books on how to weld. Though I learned from each and every source that I have viewed, to this day my personal favorite are the videos made by YouTuber ChuckE2009. I do not know this guy, nor have I ever met or spoken to him, but he has taught me more about welding than anyone else on the planet, for free! He has an extensive collection of video resources on YouTube that demonstrate just about everything from basic welding techniques to project how-to’s.
I do not now, nor have I in the past claimed to be a professional welder, but I can make metal permanently stick using the process. It all began with a cheap welder and a YouTube subscription to some guy who lives in God only knows where’s channel. Both have served me well. I now have a brand name home/shop level welder that is definitely better than the cheap Goplus, but it can not do anything more than the Goplus. If you are on the fence about jumping into the welding game I would highly recommend testing the waters with the Goplus machine before becoming too heavily invested in a craft that you may not stick to. I would also suggest checking out ChuckE2009 on YouTube for some great welding education and project ideas as well.
Below are links to product pricing and reviews for several different levels of arc welding machines and welding products for just about any budget. I have also attached a link to ChuckE2009’s YouTube channel. Be safe, and enjoy the learning experience!
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Tool in Action Today, it seems like you can’t turn on a TV without seeing some DIY or Home Improvement program. These type of shows have been inspiring and empowering homeowners of every skill level to pick up a hammer and a drill to add their own personal touches to their homes. 25 more words
Last summer I began a whole-house subfloor replacement project that took me to hell and back. I was only able to replace about 20% of the subflooring needing replacement, but I learned a lot and developed an efficient system for doing the job so when it resumes this summer I expect that completion percentage to drastically increase. If I had to guess I would say that I spent 30-40% of my work time last summer discovering which tools and what strategies I needed to employ to get the job done most efficiently. One tool I came across that proved to be a literal bright spot in a summer full of darkness and gloom was the Lighthouse Beacon 1000 Super Bright LED Headlamp from Outdoor Pro Gear.
I actually bought this headlamp, and a headlamp of a different brand at the same time in an attempt to avoid being left in the dark should one or the other not hold up to the tasks I intended it to accomplish. In a rare stroke of good luck on my behalf I ended up really liking both lights as they both have features that the other does not. Though not an apples to apples, there really is no comparison, the Lighthouse Beacon quickly became my go to light.
With its zoom focus beam, high/ low and strobe settings, rugged construction, and excellent battery life, the Lighthouse Beacon Headlamp is a steal at its price point. It spent hundreds of hours illuminating dark rooms and hallways as I replaced subflooring last summer and spent many more in the damp, cramped, moist, and muddy crawlspace under my house with me as I trenched, plumbed, pumped out water, and installed a moisture barrier. Though I punished this little light last summer I was not kind enough to give it the winter off, it guided me through numerous jobs both wet and dry, outings in the woods, and rainy nights putting out the trash to the road and remains as reliable as the day I removed it from the box.
Surely everybody knows a “flashlight” guy or gal, the type of person that seems to collect anything that illuminates the space immediately in front of them, I am definitely not that guy. Before I bought this light the brightest thing going in my house was a plastic piece of junk that I swore made a room darker when its button was switched to the on position. I now have a great appreciation for this little light after it went to hell and back with me and proved to be a valuable tool that can make a job a lot easier to complete.
If you find yourself facing a project, outing, job, or activity where hands free illumination is needed, the Lighthouse Beacon will definitely shine some positive, reliable light on the situation. Check out the link below for pricing information and more customer reviews on the Lighthouse Beacon Headlamp.
A few years ago I had quite a few soccer players in one of my middle school Health and Physical Education classes that were pretty good athletes. Being an American football and basketball guy, and having never played nor really even watched soccer before, I did not relate very well to their athletic goals and interest. I encouraged the kids, who would soon be high school freshman, to try their hand at football for the upcoming year because I believed their athleticism would benefit the freshman team. They appreciated the encouragement but I could tell their interests were not growing in the least bit. I searched for a way to bridge the interest gap between the two sports and the solution that I came up with was buying a field goal post for the kids to hone their kicking skills on.
Not long into my search I came across this pretty cool soccer goal/field goal post combo sold by Net World Sports but since the acquisition of an upright was coming out of my own pocket I decided to keep searching for a solution. As it turned out the soccer/field goal post combo ended up being the most affordable of the practical field goal posts that I found for sale so I then shifted into DIY mode. Not long into my internet search I discovered a few videos that demonstrated how to make a goal post from 3″ pvc pipe and tee fittings, so off to the hardware store I went.
I no longer work at the same school that I built the field goal post at and I left the post there when I transferred to a different school so for cost sake I have recreated the build in the pictures and video below using smaller pipe and fittings.
Pictured below is a 1/10 scale replica of the original goal post build. The build in the post uses 1/2″ ID pvc pipe with 1/2″ tee fittings. (“=inch and ID=Inside diameter) The 1/2″ pipe is cut into 12″ and 6″ sections which is 1/10 the length of the 120″(10ft) and 60″(5ft) 3” pvc pipe sections.
Before the assembly begins you will need to take 3 of the 10′ long pieces of pipe and cut them in half (5ft or 60in). This will leave you with 3-10ft runs of pipe and 6-5ft runs of pipe.
Though the pipe size and length in the video and pictures below differ from that of the actual size and length of the pipe in the build, the assembly process is the exact same.
If desired the field goal post could be cemented together where all pipes and fittings join to make to post stronger. When I built my full sized field goal I did use pvc cement, but I did not bond every single joint. I cemented the post in a way that made it pretty portable without losing much strength. Below is a picture of the sections that I joined together with pvc cement and those that I left independent of the others.
So after I introduced the field goal post to my classes and my students fell in love with kicking footballs through our new uprights guess how many of my soccer players ended up joining the football team. None…….. Not a single kid that played soccer ended up playing high school football. No sweat because all of the kids (and a few coaches and teachers) that used the field goal had a great time and learned a good bit on the art of field goal kicking. We had numerous contests and challenges that involved this piece of equipment that were all lots of fun. I would use the goal post as a “reward” activity for my lower elementary students by allowing them to kick a large inflatable ball through it and it was a great incentive for them to maintain good grades and behavior. I will have to build another soon.
Below are a few links to tools that will make the build a little easier as well as a few pieces of equipment that will allow the goal post to be used even if no one is available to hold a football. There is also a link to the soccer goal/field goal post combo mentioned above for those of us that are not very DIY-inclined.
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Modern science and nutritional information stress that the right carbs are an important part of a well-balanced diet. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains get the nutritional thumbs up, while white breads and processed carbs are suggested to be avoided. I am thankful to live in an era where science-based nutritional information is readily available but I am extremely alarmed by the lack of awareness being brought to the one carb responsible for claiming numerous victims every year, and I pray that none of you fall victim to a clogged carb (carburetor) this spring.
Today is March 11, 2018, and spring is rapidly approaching. If you are living in the southern part of the United States chances are like me, you have already had to cut your grass. Few things are more frustrating than dusting off the old mower after a long winter only to find out that it will not start, it is dead. If this has happened to you chances are one of two culprits were to blame, a dead battery, or a clogged carburetor. If your issue is the former your options are charge the battery and hope it is still good, or make a trip to the nearest battery dealer and buy a new one. The latter issue leaves you with a few more options, clean the carb yourself, rebuild the carb yourself, replace the carb yourself, pay a lawn mower repair shop to clean, rebuild, or replace the carb, or buy a new mower. Some of these options may be a little extreme, but I have seen people put a mower to the road simply because the carburetor was clogged. Better yet, numerous people have given me lawn mowers and bought themselves new ones simply because the carburetor was clogged and they thought it was broken beyond repair.
Thankfully both of the aforementioned issues are fairly easy to avoid and cleaning or rebuilding a carburetor yourself can usually be done for under $20 and learned on YouTube. To avoid a dead battery at the beginning of the lawn season simply use a float charger. A float charger will maintain the charge of the battery without the threat of overcharging. To avoid a clogged carburetor simply make sure to run the engine until it is out of gas before storing the mower for the winter. To avoid wasting fuel just to run your engine out of gas, install a fuel shut-off valve which will prevent fuel from advancing to the carburetor when closed.
I hope that none of you encounter either one of these issues when you pull out the lawn equipment this spring, but if you do, I have attached a few links to resources that can not only guide you through the process of fixing the issues yourself, but also save you big bucks in avoiding the small engine repair shop costs. Good luck, and thanks for reading.
If you do not believe it pays to be trashy I urge you to check the Kardashian family bank account and get back to me. Do not let that discourage you though, you do not need a nationally televised reality show to make money being trashy too. Actually, not only can you make money, you can make money while helping the environment in a multitude of ways. So how does one make money while simultaneously becoming an environmental hero by being trashy? The answer is simple, recycling.
Over the past 6 years I have made between $3,000 and $4,000 in my spare time by selling metals to various scrap yards in my area. I kind of got into the practice of selling “junk” for money by chance when an in-law of mine asked me to remove a bunch of old metal from his yard and take it to sell at a local scrap yard. I agreed and was sort of astounded when I left the recycling center with over $200 cash in my pocket. I was hooked.
For probably the next two years I did not pass a piece of metal on the side of the road or at the edge of someone’s yard without stopping and loading it up in the back of my truck. I also checked the “free” section of Craigslist daily for people offering free scrap metal for its removal. I can not count how many washers, dryers, microwaves, and refrigerators I have loaded into the back of my truck and taken to the scrap yard, but I have counted plenty of extra money from doing so. I have even been able to buy a brand new utility trailer using money earned strictly from selling scrap.
As mentioned earlier selling scrap metal for extra money is not the only perk to the practice, it is also a big help to the environment. Recycled metal requires far less processing in order to get it into a useable state than new ores of the same metal require. This streamlined processing results in far less energy being used to achieve the same result. According to the American Geosciences Institute, recycled iron and steel requires about 72% less energy to refine than that of the mining and processing of raw iron ore, and there is an 80% reduction in energy use with recycled lead versus newly mined and processed lead. The AGI also states that in 2017 the amount of aluminum recycled in the United States saved enough energy to power over 7.5 million homes compared to the amount of energy that would have been used to mine and process the metal from raw aluminum ore.
Pictured above are a few metals commonly sold at metal recycling centers. These metals are aluminum, brass, iron, copper, and batteries that contain lead. Nonferrous metals (metals that do not contain iron such as copper, brass, aluminum, and lead) are usually the bigger money makers per pound, while ferrous metals (metals containing iron) are typically paid for by the ton. To differentiate between ferrous and nonferrous metals simply place a magnet on the metal, if the magnet sticks to it, it is ferrous, if the magnet does not stick to it, it is nonferrous. Magnets are attracted to iron and as stated above, nonferrous metals do not contain iron. Recycling prices of different metals can fluctuate often and vary from state to state, country to country, and continent to continent, the environmental benefits from recycling metals however is consistent world wide.
For recycling locations near you click the link to access Earth911’s recycling center database, it is a very useful resource Earth911
If you are interested in helping the environment and making some extra cash check out this tool for help in differentiating between ferrous and nonferrous metals.
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