All the Uses For A Garden Hose

DIY ways to use a Garden Hose

Don’t throw away those old beat up garden hoses!!!

Get creative and make something out of it.

Spring time is coming! Do you need something new to hang on your front door? What about a garden hose wreath?

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What do you need to make this adorable wreath!?

  • 1 garden hose (Garden Hose @ RuralKing.com)
  • Fake Flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Extra Large Twist Ties

Start by wrapping the hose is the look that you desire and securing the hose with the extra large twist tie. From there you will need to separate and possibly trim the fake flowers. After they are too your desired length place them in the extra large twist tie as well. Wrap your ribbon up around all of the item and tie it into the bow of your choice. And you have a pretty new door decoration!

 

Do you have to carry have buckets and the handle cuts into your hand? Not anymore! Use your garden hose as a grip!

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All you have to do is cut down your hose to the length of your bucket handle and slip the hose onto the handle. And no more hand cramps!

Do you have kiddies? Are you a handy man!? If so you probably have some sharp tools that you don’t want those kids getting hurt on. So use your hose to cover your sharp tools.

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What you need:

  • A nice new saw from Rural King (Buy Me!)
  • Your garden hose
  • A Knife

Measure your hose to the length of your tool and cut that away from the rest of the hose. Then make a slit in a side of the hose. Then you just have to slide the hose over your blade! No more worrying about those sharp tools and the children!

 SPRING IS ALMOST HERE…..ARE YOU READY!?

 

Time to change Those Wiper Blades!

If your windshield wiper blades are skipping, streaking, splitting, or squeaking, it might be time for a replacement. But before installing new blades, you have to choose which ones to get.

1. Understand why you need to change your wiper blades. The blade of a wiper is made of rubber, it would naturally wear out after several months of wiping, snow, rain, and dust, for your windshield.

2. Consider your options for changing the blades. Some consumer will take the car to an auto maintenance garage and ask the mechanic to have them changing the pair of the rubber blade, or the whole wiper blade. The new blade will likely cost from fifteen to twenty dollars, plus a fair labor cost of ten or twenty dollars. The alternative is to buy the wiper blades from chain store, or from internet and install them yourself (an easy process).

3. Know what part of the wiper blade to change. In general, windshield wiper blades are made with three basic parts:

  • The lower metal arm is that extends from the base of the windshield,
  • The wiper blade attached to the metal arm, and
  • The rubber blade that actually, evenly and effectively wipes snow, rain or dust on the windshield glass for you.

4. Look at the shape of the blade. Many modern cars have curved windshields, so the blade needs to curve too, to make good contact as it wipes. There are many brands of wiper blades with various kinds of packaging, some of which you can see through and some of which you can’t. Straight wiper blades are suitable for car with a flat windshield, while slightly curved wiper blades may be more suitable for car with streamline windshield.

5. Measure or look up the length of the blades that are used on your car’s driver seat and passenger seat. You can measure the length of each blade yourself, but in general, most places that sell wiper blades provide a manual where you can look up the lengths for your car make and model. .

6. Check for adapter options. Many wiper blade brands include more than one adapter type in their packaging. These are designed to make the blades compatible with various types of metal arm.

7. Purchase and install new blades. When you’re ready with your new blades, you can install them yourself to save labor costs of a mechanic. The process is simple.

  • Raise the metal arm up and away from the windshield, until it holds steady in a position perpendicular to the windshield glass. Be careful, since the metal arm is spring loaded and could snap back and crack the glass.
  • Gently rest the bare hook against a cloth on the windshield. The cloth also protects the glass from being scratched, if for some reason the wipers unexpectedly swipe.
  • Clean windshield and blade with mild soapy water and clean dry with clean towel or cloth.
  • Install wiper blades on the vehicle and remove the protective squeegee cover. See insert in package for detailed installation instructions.
  • Place the wiper blades back onto the windshield glass lightly.

Rain-X Weatherbeater 18″ Wiper Blade RX30218

SKU: 080350217

DIY Grill Cleaning

Watching the snow fall this past weekend I could not help but image days of sunshine, green grass, and outdoor activities. Thank goodness Spring is just around the corner and it is almost time to pull out the grill!! My husband and I truly enjoy cooking on the grill; there are so many healthy and tasty things you can cook on it. However, grills go unused and forgotten over the cold winter months and begin to collect a whole lot of grime. I found a really inexpensive and easy way to take your grill from grimy to glowing for the Spring and Summer.

 

What you will need:

 -Heavy duty garbage bags

-Household Ammonia

-Rubber Bands

-Sponge

-1 Cup Measuring Cup

-Rubber Gloves

-Safety Glasses

What to do:

 -Safety first!! Go ahead and grab those gloves and safety glasses, don’t worry you will still look amazing! You will want to grab 2 heavy duty garbage bags and open those to double them up to be sure there will not be any leaking.

-Go ahead and put your grill grates into the doubled up garbage bag. Measure out your 1 cup of ammonia and carefully add this to the garbage bag.

-Now you will want to tie up the garbage bag really tightly with the rubber band. Be sure this is really secure because the fumes are what actually clean the grates not the liquid itself.

-Because ammonia is a toxic substance you will want to be sure to close the bag tightly so nothing leaks out. Also, it may not be a terrible idea to put it on a try or mat. This substance is harmful to animals, grass, and plants.

-Place your bag where it will catch some sun and leave it there overnight.

-The next day you will want to be sure to grab those gloves and glasses for safety and remove the grate from the garbage bags. I would recommend turning your face away as you open it as the fumes will be strong and can burn your eyes.

-At this time your grime should wipe right off with your sponge. You will want to be sure to rinse the grate very thoroughly to get off any remaining ammonia.

-Now you will want to properly dispose of the ammonia still in the garbage bags. The poison control center recommends disposing of the ammonia down a sink where there is good ventilation. The best place would be in a garage sink however not everyone will have this and you will want to do this in a sink where there is a window nearby and have the window open for about 10-15 minutes. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can reach out directly to your poison control center.

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I hope you have found this helpful and enjoy cooking on your grill this Spring!!

For more information and step by step details visit http://www.madefrompinterest.net/magic-clean-bbq-grill/ 

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!