Alternative uses for PVC Pipe

 

 

 

 

 

PVC pipes, they are everywhere and pretty inexpensive, AND they make a great item for some DIY projects. Please note that these are not MY ideas, I am piggy backing off of other sites because they are awesome! Remember to use www.ruralking.com for all of your PVC needs

PVC Chicken Feeder: From http://www.instructables.com/

What you need:

-3” diameter pipe: 20 inches long. Or more. Or less.2015-02-25_09h45_32
-3” diameter pipe: 6 inches long
-3” diameter pipe: 3 inches long
-45-degree “Y” connector
-Teo 3” PVC caps

-Hacksaw
-PVC cement

See the step by step on how to build this at: http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/?ALLSTEPS

 

 

Bottle Rocket Launc2015-02-25_09h46_32her!From http://craftyourself.com/

What you need:

3 feet – 3/4″ PVC PIPE
2.5 FEET – 1/2″ PVC PIPE
2 – PVC TEES 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″
1 – PVC TEE 1/2″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″
1 – 90 DEGREE PVC ELBOW 3/4″ to 1/2″
3 – PVC CAPS                                                  1- Bottle water resistant blue glue

Air compressor

See the step by step on how to build this at:

http://craftyourself.com/2012/05/bottle-rocket-launcher-using-pvc-pipe/

 

Toothbrush holders:From http://www.craftingintherain.com/

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1 inch pvc pipe (http://www.ruralking.com/pipe-pvc-1-x-24.html )
pvc pipe end caps (one for each holder)( http://www.ruralking.com/cap-sch40-pvc-1-slip.html )
command hooks
vinyl or stickers
pvc pipe cutter
drill (drill press is even better)

Cut pipe into 4.25 inch sections.

See the step by step on how to build this at:

http://www.craftingintherain.com/2013/02/pvc-pipe-toothbrush-holders.html

 

Hair Dryer and Straightener Organizer: From: http://tillthensmileoften.com/

2015-02-25_09h47_44What you need:

PVC Pipe –  Shape Size: 3x3x2. (http://www.ruralking.com/wye-dwv-2-45-degree.html)

Spray paint or other decorating supplies

Wood screws – 10 x 3/4 if attaching to a cabinet (http://www.ruralking.com/screws-wood-12-x-1-1-4-18-pk-sbl.html )

See the step by step on how to build this at:

http://tillthensmileoften.com/saw-it-pinned-it-did-it-hair-dryer-and-straightner-organizer/

Uses for 55 gallon Barrels

What do you use your barrel for?

There are many different uses for the 55 gallon barrels.  You can use them for rain barrels, water, oil, sand, or for feeders.  I am sure that there are several other uses, but the one that I am going to focus on is the different ways to make feeders.

Here are a few ideas for different types hay feeders:

  

 

The type of feeder that I haven’t been able to find is a self feeder Self feeders are so expensive, but are very useful.

The materials you will need are:

  • 55 gallon barrel
  • A Piece of ply wood
  • A 2×4
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw

Step 1: You will need to cut your barrel.

Make sure that when you cut your barrel you cut it at an angle so the feed will fall easier. Remember you will need it far enough back for your animal to be able to get their head in the feeder.

Step 2: Cut your ply wood so it fits tightly inside where you have cut.

Step 3: Cut your 2×4 into 2 pieces, don’t put the 2×4 on the bottom of the barrel keep it up off the bottom flush with ply wood.

Step 4: You will need to screw your 2×4’s to the inside of your barrel

Step 5: Screw your ply wood to the 2×4’s make sure that it is high enough off the bottom for you animal to be able to get their head in there also for the feed to fall.

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There you have it! Your new inexpensive self feeder, hope your animals enjoy!

 

Organization Tips For Your Garage!

Does anyone else have spring fever?!?!!

As a new homeowner I am itching to get my new garage organized and ready for spring! We purchased our home in October and since the move our garage has just become a catch all of summer outdoor furniture and storage. I have high hopes that this will be the last winter that I cannot fit my car inside of the garage!

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Steps:

1. Declutter!
-Get rid of junk and clutter that you have been holding on to. Stop using your garage as limbo for
items that you have yet to make a decision on!

2. Plan!
-Make a plan for your garage! Using “zones” may be a good way to do so! Common zones are workshop, storage, sports equipment, tools, lawn and garden, and seasonal .

3. Organize!
-Organize the items that you are keeping. Once the decisions have been made for the items you are keeping, group them together. You can use the “zones” that you decided on previously!

4. Consider Storage Solutions That Will Work for You!
-More than other types of storage areas within your home, your garage does not typically have a lot of free floor space. Instead, the floor space must be kept clear so that you can park your cars. Think outside the box when considering options!

5. Label and Inventory!
-The last step (Finally!) in the Organize Your Garage Challenge is to label all the boxes or other containers of stuff you’ve decided to store in there. Make sure to label all four sides of each container, as well as the top, so you can tell from any direction what is in the box.

If your family has sporting items to store, this simple PVC pipe ball rack makes storage a cinch! Also, these are easy to get to for that impromptu game of H-O-R-S-E!

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I LOVE using ceiling space for storage. The ceiling is there, unused, available square footage! Why not use it to the best of your ability. Although this suggestion requires precise preparation, it would offer more storage at an affordable price. And it stand the test of time!

Via: FamilyhandymanCreate a Sliding Storage System On the Garage Ceiling

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This quick hack using a simple piece of wood and with cut PVC screwed in for a functional display of your most used tool!

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Visit your local Rural King for supplies!
(Or visit us online at www.ruralking.com)

Happy Organizing!!

BagBalm: Not just for animals

bagballlmThis is an under rated product for as many uses as it has for both humans and animals. Bagbalm was originally made to relieve chapped udders on livestock in 1899. Since then multiple generations have been using this salve for more then just cracked udders! Wikipedia states, “Originally, it was used for only cows’ udders, but farmers’ wives noticed the softness of their husbands’ hands, and started using the product themselves.”

This product has been used in my family for 5 generations now, you will find one in every one of our medicine cabinets. No matter what is wrong my grandfather will tell you to put bag balm on the issue. This salve does have a faint order but it is nothing worse then most ointments. This is often used as a treatment for chapped,dry and irritated skin, psoriasis, cracked fingers, burns,  sunburn, bedsores and radiation burns. Disclaimer: Now this product is only advertised for chapped udders, the rest of these ailments listed are just what people have claimed to use it for. We also use this or cuts, skin problems, ailments, and cracked paws on our animals as well.

Just last night i burnt my finger while cooking with a skillet. I then immediately put a tiny dab of bag balm on the burn since it was already starting to puff up, and this morning there is only a little mark where the burn was. It is not sore and I do not even notice it. So don’t bother with ice or running it under water or what ever your remedy was for burns, rub a little of this on to the burn and just let it be. The pain goes away relatively quickly and this heals fast so that there is no bubble formed from the burn.

You should check out their facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/BagBalm) They were just feature in this month’s issue of First for Women as a Drugstore Star for cracked hands!

references:

https://www.facebook.com/BagBalm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag_Balm

http://www.bagbalm.com/index.htm, http://www.bagbalm.com/uses.htm

Thaw a Frozen Pipe DIY

Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of having a frozen pipe after a harsh, cold winter?  If so, you know how expensive and catastrophic it can end up.  Here we will explain how to thaw a frozen pipe before it gets to be an expensive repair.

1.  Turn off the main water switch in the pump-house and disconnect the attached water pipe to the house.

 

2.  Then insert an ordinary garden hose into the water pipe as far as possible, up to where it was frozen below ground. (In my case this was where the pipe was shallow in 2 places, where it came from the pump house and also where it came into the house).

3.  With an air mattress foot pump, then insert this into the free end of the garden hose and pump, which pushes all unfrozen water out of the pipe around the outside of the inserted hose.

4.  With all water removed, then tape a 2L plastic bottle (with the bottom end cut off) to the free end of the hose, and fill this with boiling water from the kettle a number of times.

5.  Hold up the filled hose to bring the hot water directly to the ice.

6.  Continue multiple times if needed.

 

Things you may need:

 

Gilmour 6-Ply Farm Garden Watering Hose 90 Foot 76-9935

SKU: 002840187

Drive Medical, Manual Pump for 14425 Air Mattress, 14426

SKU: 014842977

Something you can also use:

Easy Heat 18′ Automatic Pipe Heating Cable AHB-118

SKU: 000780061