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Winterize the Animal Watering System

Back when I built the chicken coop, I knew the most annoying part of keeping animals would be keeping the water filled and clean. Food is easy. Fill up the feeder once every 3-5 days and let them do their things, but the water has to stay clean to keep disease, flies, and dehydration at bay. Putting out a dog bowl of water works, but its dirty in 10 minutes and chickens walk in it, quail try to take baths in it, and rabbits poop in it, so that didn’t work for long. I heard about these little metal and …

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Couch Console & Charging Table

A couple of months ago, my wife and I bought a new couch for our upstairs entertaining area. We wanted it to be big enough to fit everyone, and this thing can. 12 people at once so far. The only problem is it covers up ALL of the outlets around 2 of the walls and I used to use those outlets for all kinds of things. Lamps, phone chargers, the main router, a subwoofer… So we’ve created a problem for ourselves unintentionally. Then I went over to a buddy of mine’s house, let’s just call him Mark, cuz that’s his …

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Farmhouse Style Bedside Table

“] My wife has had an awkwardly tiny bedside table for a long time. You can fit a lamp and a charging iPhone and thats about it. So it’s time for an upgrade. I wanted something sturdy, with a large surface area, lots of storage, and easily accessible from the bed. So here’s what we came up with. Its basically made from 2 by stock wood from home depot, with 1 by wood for the drawers, with a built in pop-out power strip and hard wired lamp. Here’s what you need: Cutlist: Board number represents which board you should cut …

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String Art Installation

I’m gonna start out by saying this is a pretty ambitious project, and I just want to go ahead and warn yall that this is gonna take awhile if you wanna make one for yourself, but hopefully this walk through will make the process a lot easier for someone to replicate vs having to figure all this out on your own. A quick history: My wife and I went to an art museum recently, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, in Fayatteville Arkansas a few months ago and saw an amazing string art installation by a guy named Gabriel Dawe. …

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Raspberry Pi : Garage Door Opener

I had to buy a new garage door opener remote because my old remote’s button had disintegrated and no longer worked. I was curious if the board itself could still be activated and, sure enough, when I hit both pins on the board with a wire, the garage door opened. So now I wondered if we could make this board interact with a raspberry pi so that it could be activated over the network. Sure enough, you can! Here’s how. The basics steps are: Turn the Raspberry Pi into a webserver, wire a basic circuit from the GPIO pins on …

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Breakfast Recipe : Fried Eggs

I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite breakfast recipes: Fried Eggs. When I was younger, I was skeptical of the runny yolk that typically comes with fried eggs and I have historically stuck with scrambled eggs for breakfast, but my wife encouraged me to try something new. We make a lot of egg recipes, which you probably do too if you own chickens, and I think we have developed one of the most delicious recipes. So here it is: For your ingredients, you’ll need (per person): 3 eggs (or 7 quail eggs) 2 strips of bacon …

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Wireless Inductive Phone Charger

  For many modern phones, wireless charging is now a reality. A large amount of current Android phones have this ability (iphones do not yet…. sad day) and if yours does, you can build this super cool bedside or desk dock for your phone. You only need a few parts and block of wood. Before we dig in, lets quickly look at the pro’s and con’s of wireless charging and why you might want to tackle this project. Let’s get started. For parts, you’ll need the following: Start by cutting down your 2×4 to the exact size of your phone. …