Hi DIY Peeples!

While I am the Do It Yourself type and can handle most anything from electrical to plumbing, I’m also a MAKER which is a technology based extension of the DIY culture. The internet, which does have it’s nefarious side, also has an amazing repository of educational materials which allows the everyday person to build, hack, or make just about anything they find themselves interested in. I’ve created some awesome things just by researching the web, of course some of my projects have turned out not so awesome, but that’s part of the fun! My theory is that if your not making smoke, you’re simply not trying hard enough…
“Failure is always an option, it’s what you learn from it that counts”
Listed below are some of the DIY projects I’ve completed as well as links to some of my favorite sites. All links will open in a new tab so you need not worry about finding your way back here.

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Build Your Own PVC Pipe Heater Bender – Easy Build!

If you work with PVC pipe you know what a pain it is to heat it up to bend it. Save yourself time and aggravation, no heat guns, no hot sand, no boiling water, none of those painstaking tricks you’ve seen on YouTube. My eBook will show you how I built an awesome PVC pipe heater bender very easily for almost nothing in less than an hour. As an added bonus, I’ll tell you my tricks for making easy forms to bend the PVC pipes for those projects requiring multiple identical pieces. Learn how to save time and money, buy it now and start today bending PVC pipe like a pro!

Click on the picture to get it for only $2.99 now!

Free Scroll Saw Patterns 20160710_132804aMake your own Bottle Lights

My Youtube video showing you how to create your own decorative LED bottle or jar lights, an easy process anyone can do with just a few tools. Great accent lighting to use in a dorm room, man cave, bonus room, bar, kitchen, or bedroom.

Make your own Bottle Lights 2

In the last video I showed you how to create your own decorative LED bottle or jar light. In this video we’ll create one as a dusk to dawn night light using an off the shelf Walmart $2 nightlight.

Swirl paint Terracotta pots easy DIY Turn that old entertainment center into a play kitchen See how I found an energy pig in my home
Wine bottle wind chimes

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Make your own concrete planters
Repurpose used wine bottles to make tiki torches Make a set of giant wood lawn dominoes for less than $20!

DIY Waterdrop Solar Lights

 

My wife wonders why I keep stuff she throws away, she is sooo gonna love this! I just finished a smaller one of these using a dish towel, turned out pretty cool! Very cool Raspberry Pi case Nintendo style




The crossbow is a unique weapon that is actually is a combination of a hunting bow and a pistol. An indestructible cook stove for practically nothing. I’ve made these labels with my color Laserjet with excellent results!!
Learn how to use coupons and discounts to save at least 60% at Hobby Lobby. Save more money with these smart hacks. Trailer Hitch Hammock for two, such a cool idea for tailgating! This landscape lighting costs next to nothing and looks GREAT.  Not, gee it looks great for how much it cost, great. I mean REALLY great!

Faux Stepping Stone Sidewalk

Click on the picture to check out this really cool way to turn that ugly old sidewalk into a thing of beauty for almost nothing!!

propaneLawn Mower Propane Conversion Simple and Easy

DIY Computer Ham/Shortwave Scanner for $20 Bucks?!?!

I’ve recently discovered the RTL-SDR which is a very cheap software defined radio that uses a USB DVB-T TV tuner dongle commonly found on eBay and Amazon for about $20 bucks.  DVB-T is an abbreviation for “Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial”; The broadcast standard used in the European digital television system. Essentially, this means that a cheap $20 USB TV tuner dongle with the RTL2832U chip can be used as a computer based radio scanner.  This sort of scanner capability would have cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars just a few years ago.  The RTL-SDR is also often referred to as RTL2832U, DVB-T SDR, RTL dongle or the “$20 Software Defined Radio”.
Beginner info on how to get started can be found here: RTL-SDR.COM




ESP8266 or Arduino web controlled relay with password security.

There’s a lot of instructions out there for controlling a relay using ESP8266 or Arduino, but none of them seem to have any kind of security for control via the web using an Andriod or iPhone.  The code I’ve come up with is simple and will give you the security you need for world wide access.  Just copy and paste it to the Arduino IDE, look thru the code for instructions denoted by double slashes (//) and make the changes necessary for your network environment, then upload to the device of your choice.  NOTE:  This code is for wifi enabled ESP8266 or Arduino,  get it by clicking HERE.

Build Your Own Desulfating Battery Charger

desulfating charger

I have restored many garden tractor, automobile, and SLA (sealed lead acid) batteries with the one I built. This charger will put out HIGH voltage, approximately 150 volts DC, at a low Amperage to begin the desulfating process then come down to about 14 volts DC to finish charging the battery. Click on picture for instructions.




Free Digital Downloads

Free eBook Downloads!!

I’ve been collecting digital downloads from the web for the last 15 years or more, eBooks, diy manuals, eBay and Amazon sales books, PLR, MRR, etc., I’m an information junky, I have thousands of ebooks and a lot of them are plain crap but some are pretty decent. So, as I find time I’ll post what I consider to be the better one’s up here for my visitors to download for free, keep checking back from time to time for new additions.

Build Your Own Solar Post Light

DIY solar post light

Sometime back my wife wanted me to install post lighting out front of the house, in an effort to scratch one more thing off the honey-doo list, but at the same time get out of digging trenching to four post lights for the necessary wiring I came up with a plan. Look honey no wires!! It’s Solar!!

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But at prices ranging from $50 to $150, it’s an expensive proposition if you’re not sure you’ll use it. Good news though, you can make a fully-functional one using a Raspberry Pi.

Build Your Own Trickle Charger

diy tricklecharger

Lots of car enthusiasts have more than one car. The kept-mostly-in-the-garage car might be a full-on show car, it might be a classic of yesteryear, or it might simply be a car that you drive rarely. So what is needed is a low-cost trickle charger, one that could be left connected for long periods to just keep the battery topped-up.







This guy came up with this simple trick to give PVC pipe a realistic wood texture when he built a few plastic didgeridoos a couple of years ago. It would also work for theater, home decor or backyard tiki-bars

DIY weed control that worksMix your own weed control that works!

I’ve been asked quite a few times over the last several years about a DIY herbicide recipe that is floating around the web. Many of you have probably seen it posted to Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest, or on your favorite home gardening site. The recipe is largely the same regardless of the source.

PVC is great for DIY: cheap, common, easy to work, and easy to join temporarily or permanently. Only problem is, it’s kinda ugly, much of which owes to the fact that it only comes in white, gray, sometimes black, and (if you’re willing to pay through the nose) clear.

This is a very simple diy circuit that can be used to charge lead acid or gel-cell type batteries from your typical 120v AC wall circuit. It is very simple and inexpensive to make.




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speckle ware mason jars

Create Speckle Ware Mason Jars

Here’s another really cool idea from my friends over at Instructables.com

mason jar photos

How To Mason Jar Photos

Very simple gift for friends and family! Takes no time at all to create and it’s also not that expensive.




What the hell is a Joule Thief??

The joule thief is one of my favorite DIY circuits to experiment with, it allows you to make use of batteries normally considered dead. It’s a self-oscillating voltage booster that is small, easy to build, and costs practically nothing to do so. It can use nearly all of the energy in a battery and operates when other circuits consider the battery fully dead, ergo the name which suggests the circuit is stealing energy or “joules” from the source. A “jewel thief” of course, a person who steals jewelry or gemstones.

It can be used to drive LED’s from a “dead” 1.5v battery and I’ve even managed to build a larger unit that will give me 120v from a 12v gel cell battery, the following links will take you to “Instructables.com” and “YouTube” where you’ll find more than enough information to build this fun little circuit.

Instructables.com/howto/joule+thief/

YouTube.com/results?search_query=joule+thief

 

DIY Hypertufa

hypertufaFaux hypertufa planters from styrofoam coolers

Hypertufa is an anthropic rock made from various aggregates bonded together using Portland cement. Hypertufa is intended as a manufactured substitute for natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestone rock; being very porous, it is favorable for plant growth.  Hypertufa is popular for making garden ornaments, pots and land forms. Hypertufa is relatively light compared with terracotta or traditional concrete and can withstand harsh winters, at least down to −30 °C (−22 °F).

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