DIY

Tapping Birch Sap in the Backyard

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Can't decide on a new hobby? Think about tapping birch sap in early spring. Depending on the region you are located and availability of birch trees you might even enjoy this drink - a birch sap. In today's article a few photos from tapping a birch sap in early spring in our backyard using Libertu Birch Sap Kit. You can purchase this kit at sula.lv to get your own tree sap. If you have maple or birch trees in your yard or forest you can get juice very easy.  Libertu Birch Sap Kit Bought…


DIY Open Wooden Compost Bin

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A compost bin is a must-have garden construction at our rural property - fallen leaves and trimmed grass mostly go here. It was on early May 1st, 2017 evening I decided to build an open wooden compost bin from materials we left over from roof works.  It was agreed to install a compost bin on the other side of the house, as when planning a place for a compost bin, it should be chosen carefully, so as not to be an obstacle in the future. Choosing a place for a compost bin As there is already…


DIY - Bookshelf From Wooden Boards

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Time after time I love to excel as a Do-it-yourself guy, for today's DIY article - how i built bookshelf for our rural house from wooden boards. Let's start that we have a complete mess in our master bedroom, as we don't have any storage to store stuff. A time ago I built a king size bed frame, again from boards, see: DIY - Bed Frame King Size Rural Style, now it was time to put in order that mess. Mess Can you find a cat there? Wooden boards for bookshelf Those boards are leftovers…


Making Rhubarb Wine

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In our garden we have a lot of rhubarbs, one thing you can make out of them is a rhubarb cake, but turns out there is at least one more thing you can do with rhubarbs - you can try to make a wine.  In today's Do It yourself series - my (our )attempt of making a rhubarb wine - I'm calling this an attempt - because we actually didn't make any wine this year. But if you are looking for a receipt on how to make a rhubarb wine, here is one: How to Make Rhubarb Wine at Home Rhubarbs Above is our…


DIY - Bed Frame King Size Rural Style

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One of the most important furniture elements in your master bedroom definitely is a bed. This time I decided to build a bed frame by my own. Last year we bought four mattress and used them in old single beds. I decided to combine them and build a King or at least a Queen Size bed. To accomplish this task I studied a few tutorials, see 21 DIY Bed Frame Projects – Sleep in Style and Comfort. I ordered planks from local carpentry, the total cost for such bed about EUR 30. Single Bed Frames…


DIY - Kitchen Cabinets With a Sink

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I have always loved to construct and develop some new things, I love to spend my free time by figuring out how to improve space around me, that's why probably for a second season I have been doing home remodeling works by my own. In today's article, not about my adventures from home remodeling, but a simple trick how I improved the temporary living space around me - kitchen cabinets with a sink. Lets start with what we got here: Old Kitchen Corner Yup, it sucks, as you can see, it is…


Building a Dog house

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Recently we inherited not only a bad managed rural house, but also got a German shepherd dog Bob. I have posted a lot about our home remodeling works, and in one article you can see Bob. Bob is very scared dog, he doesn't trust people, as his owner passed away, he haven't approached any people, even me. After a summer spent in our rural house, the best we could achieve - Bob laying in front of house and observing us. We feed Bob well and during our absence we have negotiated good people to…


How To Change a Flat Car Tire

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Last summer I learnt not only how to change a roof for old rural house, also I excelled as a tire guy. During last summer I changed tires for our old junk car at least six times.  To this day I still don't know why we got so many flat tires (most probably, because I bought cheap used tires at local tire workshop). Anyhow, it was the next morning after we added first metal roof plates a top of our house, when I noticed a flat tire has happened again (without any reason).  I was already equipped…


Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)

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Let me introduce you with a really interesting fungus (mushroom) you can find across deep forests in  Europe and North America - Common Stinkhorn, also known by its Latin name - Phallus impudicus. At the end of this post you will learn how you can prepare a medicine out of this fungus! Phallus impudicus Phallus impudicus, known colloquially as the common stinkhorn, is a widespread fungus recognizable for its foul odor and itsphallic shape when mature, the latter feature giving rise to…


New hinges added to my HP Compaq 6510b

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Today, finally my new used hinges arrived, and I had an opportunity to change the broken ones with new ones. Hinges traveled to me from China to US and the to Georgia, pretty impressive route, right? Anyway I'm happy with my new hinges, and hope that my beloved laptop HP Compaq 6510b will please me for few more years.  Update: The good old HP Compaq 6510b still pleases me, but I have finally bought a new ASUS laptop (September, 2015) DIY: How to change laptop hinges by yourself New hinges…