Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PVC Pipe Projects

Do not throw that extra PVC Pipe away

Puppet Theater

The many crafts that you can do with PVC Pipes. (Photo Credits)

There is more to PVC pipes than its usual intended use which is basically for plumbing.

MarthaStewart.Com for instance shared in one of its posts, how to make a very chic Christmas tree out of extra PVC pipes. OSHA Plumbers      

"Every little thing you love — from teensy toys to mismatched collections of vintage holiday items — has a home on this tree. Start by choosing a palette (we picked bright, happy colors), then fill pipes accordingly: We spray-painted plastic toy animals, spelled out joy and merry with letter magnets, and interspersed tiny wrapped presents, Advent calendar-style. Play around with the placement until you like the overall look (avoid grouping similar objects)."

Check out the step-by-step directions here.

Creativity and Recycling go hand-in-hand

Cute DIY Projects meantime shared a craft using PVC. Again, USING PVC, but PVC will be nowhere I the finished product. Plumbing Info

"Large packs of wool turned into thick yarn can help you craft a giant, fluffy blanket. Some wool batting laid out in rows to give a uniform thickness is all that you need for the yard. The rolled up yarn when washed, lightly felt, followed by being air dried outside can be the building ground of an ultra-warm cover. This huge blanket is made by knitting with extra-large knitting needles, which are actually large PVC pipes yielding big, lovely stitches to create the illusion of making everything under the blanket look too tiny."

Check out the step-by-step instructional video here.

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If you still need more inspiration then you may just want to check out this post by Living Green Frugally.Com where they listed down about 40 PVC Craft Projects.

"PVC pipe is inexpensive and easy to use and reuse. It is a standard round tube that makes it useful for many projects, such as a holder for different objects. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own crafts… People use PVC pipe to create all sorts of awesome things because it's cheap, sturdy, and versatile. This weekend, grab some at your local hardware store and tackle one of these fun projects."

Check out the projects here.

What are you planning to create?


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Saturday, November 14, 2015

All about the Urinal

The Controversial Male Urinal


What would happen to society without them? (Photo Credits)

British researchers have found a way to convert urine into energy using a male urinal.

Science Alert says the energy found in pee is enough to charge a mobile phone. "Researchers in the UK have created a urinal that converts pee directly into electricity. The technology uses a set of microbial fuel cells (MFC), which contain tiny organisms that survive by breaking down urine and producing electricity as a byproduct.

An earlier model of the urinal was shown to successfully charge up a mobile phone, a stunt that made headlines back in 2013. But the team from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK, wanted to find a more practical use for the technology, and is now working with Oxfam with the aim of lighting up refugee camps at night using nothing but urine."

Read the rest of the report here.

Not Happy

Not everyone though is happy about the existence of urinals. OSHA Plumbers 

One opinion Ed published by The Guardian basically questioned why urinals have to exist and why males should urinate in the presence of other males. Plumbing Info

"Whether trough or bowl, the urinal subjects a man to the most wretched of indignities, to which we have become so inured that any deviation from the norm is considered effete. The urinal is inconsistent with civilisation: there is something barbarous about expecting men to expose themselves and carry out such a tender operation before others, especially while maintaining conversations with ostentatiously unembarrassed neighbours. And don't give me that "it's just a natural bodily function" nonsense: you don't leave the door open when you're in the cubicle, do you? (Do you … ?)."

Check out the rest of the column entry here.

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A different type of protest though is happening in Canada.

Gaystarnews.com shared an article on the proposed ban of transgender women inside public female restrooms. "A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how 'ridiculous' bathroom bans are. Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men's toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms. 'As a trans woman I'm not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What's going to happen if I'm forced into a men's changeroom?,' she wrote on Facebook.The Victoria resident said it is uncomfortable for everyone when she enters a men's bathroom, and she looks completely out of place applying lipstick and posing for mirror selfies while men urinate in the background."

Read the rest of the article here.

So what are your thoughts on the Male Urinal?


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Saturday, November 7, 2015

What you need to know about HVAC Systems

All about HVAC


What you may need to know about HVAC. (Photo Credits)

Every homeowner must have at least a basic knowledge on HVAC, how it works, and what to look and watch out for.

Huffington Post shared a very informative article for those looking to buy a new home, and would need a bit of information on HVAC Systems.

"But finding the right house isn't always easy to do. Often times, buying your first home can be a confusing process filled with uncertainty and hidden costs that don't surface until months or even years later. HVAC equipment is often one of those hidden costs. If you've been a renter all of your life, you probably haven't had to worry much about dealing with heating and air conditioning issues — except for letting in the HVAC technician when a problem arises. On average, a new furnace can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000 and an AC unit could cost $3,500 to $10,000. If you are looking for a new home, it's important to consider the age and quality of the HVAC system so that you don't end up spending thousands of dollars in extra repairs or unit replacements."

Read about the four things you would need to know here.

Different Systems

A/C and HVAC. MechanicalEngineering.Com shared types of HVAC Systems in its website.

Check it out here.

Kickstarter.com also featured a start-up that is working on a pi-based HVAC Automation System.

"Pi Cubes is Modular DIY/Hobby HVAC Automation system based on the Raspberry Pi. Supports up to 24 I/Os and 4 Thermostats."

Check it out here.

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HVAC Industry members meantime continue to be on the lookout for latest industry trends, as shared by the website Victaulic.com.

"Designers, contractors and building operators in the HVAC industry have a new, hands-on learning experience available – and it's coming to them! The Victaulic UK mobile truck tour launched this spring showcasing innovative grooved piping solutions available from Victaulic for every aspect of a HVAC project, including pre-planning to on-site installation."

Read the rest of the article here.

So what else do you need to know about HVAC?


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Deep Well Rescue

What could be in that Deep Well?

the abyss

Deep Wells and what could be in it. (Photo Credits)

Deep wells are very helpful, yet mysterious at times. Anything could drop in it, or fall on unto it and it could be difficult to get back up. Plumbing Info

Just like this puppy rescued by firefighters. Yahoo.com reported that a Labrador pup fell into the deep hole. "The homeowners told Cherokee County Fire Department spokesman Tim Cavender they saw the stray yellow Labrador and a black Labrador the day before. The next morning, they were awoken by the black Lab barking before they discovered the yellow pup down in the well. 'I don't think anyone knows how it got down there for sure, but right now we're guessing it just fell in,' Cavender said. The rescue team was able to set up their tripod device and send firefighter Brendan O'Brian 75 feet down. He came back up with the puppy in his arms and firefighters gave it oxygen."

Check out the video here.

Rescue effort

A man meantime jumped into a 60-feet well to rescue a cow. OSHA Plumbers  "Mohammad Zaki, a 20-year-old from Lucknow jumped into a 60-feet-deep well to rescue a cow without thinking twice.

While many just stood and watched, Zaki without thinking twice jumped in to well to save it. He said that  he went inside the well only to save a suffering life. The cow was suffocating and panicking. It hit Zaki on his leg, which is still swollen. He strapped the cow  from under the stomach to the crane harness and sat on top of it.  He chose to do so to avoid the risk of the cow falling over him, in case things went wrong."

Watch the video here.

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Firefighters from the Fresno Fire Department meantime rescued a German Sheperd that fee into a deep well. Liftbump.com featured the story in their website.

"The fire crew crafted a makeshift lasso out of utility rope and a few other materials, they coaxed the frightened dog into stepping into the harness. They had almost pulled him to the top before he slipped from their grasp and fell back down. Fortunately, a bit more patience got the rope all the way around Timmy's torso and saw him safely pulled to the top, where he posed for a few pictures before being reunited with Teresa."

Take a look at the rescue photos here.

Do you have any interesting deep well rescue stories?


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