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Cheap Luxury Tiles? Pennies per Square Foot!

Posted on Feb 02, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: Dornob (Great website)

unique custom round tile idea

A cheap-but-clever custom solution, using a penny as a floor tile makes a luxurious statement with ready-made pieces, but the legality of this alternate application by the Standard Hotel and Restaurant in New York City may be questionable.

unique penny tile design

Pennies are the notorious most useless part of American currency, so for the do-it-yourself folks this could work as a clever way to upcycle their dusty jars of these copper-coated discs by turning them into unique DIY tile with easy-to-design patterns.

unique glazed round tiles

This also makes you wonder: what else could be reuse into tile for your home floors or as other forms of surface material? Already there are manufacturers creating recycled glass countertops, but there must be a lot of other standardized waste or cheap leftovers that could be used in new ways to save you the time and effort of buying and installing standard tile....

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DIY Backyard Relaxation Station

Posted on Feb 01, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: DIY Ideas

Relaxation Station

We designed this simple garden structure to be customizable for pursuing your favorite hobbies, entertaining, or just relaxing. In this version, a two-person chaise longue, outdoor fabric curtain panels and roof offer a shady garden retreat for reading—or napping!

Click here to downoad the PDF instructions.


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How to: Recipe – Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

Posted on Jan 08, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Source: GlutenFree Goddess

Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

Hayden’s Note:

I was informed by Karina, the GlutenFree Goddess, to immediately take down her recipe and pictures for copyright infringement.  I felt as though I had given her some beneficial exposure.  I checked my site stats and saw that TruthisTreason sent at least 100 visitors to her site from this article.  I even had a Truth visitor comment regarding the fact she had lost her online bookmark to this recipe and was very happy that I had posted it.  If you want to make some gluten free donuts, head on over to Karina’s site for the recipe.

…just trying to spread the recipe-love around and get yelled at for it.  Sheeeesh.
Oh, ALL pictures contained within this article are the original property and copyright of Karina and her website –

Pictures are merely representative of what you can expect to make if you follow her recipe.  Any additional information is used under the Fair Use Act in an effort to educate people regarding the benefits of eating healthy.  Also, this post was made on February 8th, 2011. ...

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Solar Hot Water Batch Collector

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: ByExample

Last Thanksgiving my sister was coming out to Arizona to visit my new home for the first time. I was looking forward to showing off our homemade hot water heating system and treating Caroline to a refreshing solar shower. Well, about a day before she was due to arrive we had a sudden and early overnight freeze. We woke to discover that the collector had been disabled by a burst pipe. In practical terms, that meant no hot water.

Our week long Thanksgiving vacation would now be devoted to building a newer and more efficient hot water system that would better withstand cold temperatures. Caroline worked with us all week, but sad to say, we did not finish before she departed and she has not yet enjoyed the pleasures of a solar shower.

This diagram shows what we set out to build. Click here to see the illustration full size.

Getting Started

Our first step was to get a used hot water heater. So Caroline and I emptied out the back of the station wagon and headed over to Porfie’s Thrift....

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How To: Make a Rain Water Barrel

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: HomeGrown Evolution

Make a Rain Barrel

Hayden’s Note:

Keep in mind, this is only ONE way to make a rain water barrel.  Your imagination is the limit and there are many more designs on the internet.  At the end of the article, I’ve added two examples of a “pre-flush diverter” so that the leaves and dirt from your rooftop will not go into the barrel.  Using only a simple screen will allow dirt, sediment and possibly chemicals into your water, so a diverter is a cheap, effective way to keep your water relatively clean! 

There’s a lot of advice floating around the internets about how to make a rain barrel. Most barrel pundits suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of a barrel and installing a faucet, a kind of connection called a “bulkhead fitting”. Unfortunately such improvised fittings have a tendency to leak. My favorite way to make a rain barrel is to take a 55 gallon drum, use the preexisting fittings on the top and turn it upside down, a process explained nicely here (complete with a list of parts), by B....

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How To: Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects

Source: Inhabitots

In case you were wondering why someone would want to make their own cleaner, rather than run to Wal-Mart and simply buy it (as if that isn’t reason enough!): homemade cleaners smell better, work just as well, cut down on packaging, and save you money. Lastly, this is a very simple green step you can take at home, yet the rewards are huge – cleaner indoor air quality and a healthy, happy family.

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You need very few supplies to make homemade cleaning products. Most of the items you’ll need, you likely have around the house already…

  1. A few plain old spray bottles. You can purchase some, or clean out your old ones (the ones that had icky cleaners in them) and reuse them.
  2. Box of baking soda.
  3. Table salt.
  4. Bottle of white distilled vinegar.
  5. Good old plain tap H2O.
  6. Olive oil.
  7. Natural soap.
  8. Fresh lemons.
  9. Organic essential oil of tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and rosemary. You don’t need all of them, but having at least a couple on hand is helpful. These are some of the best antiseptic and antibacterial essential oils, plus they smell great.

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Resurface a Scratched CD

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 in DIY Projects

Source: Instructables

 Do you have a CD that’s scratched beyond repair, but don’t want to buy one of those expensive (and often ineffective) resurfacing machines? Turns out its easy to resurface them yourself.  A little Brasso and some elbow grease is all you need!



Step 1 – Gather Required Materials.

First gather the following materials.

– Paper towel (softer is better)
– Polishing cloth (eyeglasses cloth will do fine)
– CD scratched beyond playability (easy to find)
– Can of Brasso Metal Polish.


Step 2 – Apply Brasso and Start Polishing!

Take some of the brasso and pour it onto the CD. Please be careful with the Brasso, and only perform this in a well ventilated area. I was making this guide at at the office, and forgot about the fumes. I had to polish the CD in the stairwell as I would have fumed out my co-workers otherwise.

Use the paper towel pieces to polish the CD. Polishing is ideal in straight strokes from the center of the disk to the outside so you polish perpendicular to the tracks on the disc....

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Emergency Fire Starter from Old T-Shirt

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Make an Emergency Fire Starter from a T-Shirt

It’s important to have a backup plan in the great outdoors. An extra pair of clean underwear is nice, but fire-starting tools are essential. DIY weblog Make details how to make a no-fail fire source from a few pieces of old t-shirt.

Although most carry a lighter to get things fired up in the great outdoors, it’s still smart to have a backup source for fire-starting like char cloth just in case. A few cut pieces of cotton jersey and an Altoids tin will give you just that.

After charring the squares of cut t-shirt (check out the video above) and things have cooled off 100%, make sure to transfer your Char Cloth pieces to a water safe container like a film canister or the like. Also keep in mind that an upside down fire is still one of our favorite ways to keep your campfire burning bright once the char cloth has served its purpose.

As winter approaches and we’re putting together our winter emergency kits, char cloth doesn’t seem like a terrible thing to have handy, either....

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Make a Moving Dolly out of a Shopping Cart!

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in DIY Projects

Make a Hand Truck Out of a Shopping Cart

via: LifeHacker

So you need to move some large, heavy stuff, but you don’t want to throw out your back? Instead of renting or paying two hundred dollars for your own moving dolly, DIY web site Instructables details how to make your own.

The project requires an old shopping cart and some pretty heavy-duty tools (and the project does require some welding), but it shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two, and you’ll have saved quite a bundle on a dolly. The guide is pretty detailed and takes it step-by-step, so it shouldn’t be remarkably difficult either—in fact, the hardest part is probably finding a shopping cart (although the author mentions that most stores will gladly give you old, soon-to-be-discarded carts).

Hayden’s Note:

….or, you could just “find” one late at night in the parking lot of your local grocery store.  But be forewarned; that would be illegal.  Wal-Mart would be a better choice anyway as they have much nicer shopping carts than your typical mom’n’pop grocery store…but…Wal-Mart employs about 18 cameras on the front side of the typical ‘SuperCenter’ store....

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Recycled Wine Bottle Torch

Posted on Nov 03, 2009 in DIY Projects

I was browsing around the web, looking for some new DIY projects and found Gerardot & Co's blog where they posted an article entitled 'Design for Life: Recycled Wine Bottle Torch'.  Now, I'm all about re-using and recycling parts, but to be honest, I never really could find a really good use for empty wine bottles.  And there are several lying around our house!  The ability (and creative skill!) to turn trash into treasure is something that has fascinated me since early childhood.  Now that we are getting into fall, you might not be able to use it for long but I thought I would share this post with you.  They estimate it to cost about $5 to make and its a great way to recycle your wine bottles, along with adding an artistic flair or creating mood lighting for your yard or p

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How to Install Ceramic Tile Floor

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in DIY Projects

How to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor Source: DIY Network Home-improvement pro Scott Branscom shows how to install a ceramic tile floor. Time - Several Weekends Price Range - $500 - $1,000 Difficulty - Moderate to Hard   Step 1: Take Measurements of the Room Begin by taking measurements of the room. Step 2: Cut the Cement BoardUse those measurements to cut the cement board to size. This material is hard, but not too difficult to cut through. Use a razor knife to score one side, then turn the board over to finish the cut. Use caution when cutting to avoid pulling the mesh off the board. Step 3: Lay Out the Pieces Once all the pieces are cut, lay them out on the floor to make sure it's a snug fit. Step 4: Secure the Cement Board Secure the cement board to th

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