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Do it Yourself: self reliance beats alienation.

Themes related to DIY include alienation,
self-sufficiency / self-reliance.

recent DIY posts

Homeless sleeping pod Concept

A version of an inexpensive shelter that a church or other organization can construct and place outdoors on their premises to use as a winter time overflow sleeping pod for the homeless. America has an extremely large homeless population. These cheap shelters are greatly needed. Tags: Marty Downs, homeless, DIY, kindness, 

DIY, homeless, kindness, Marty Downs,

Coat of Many Colours - Dolly Parton

. . . I've never been a C&W fan, but I do like these lyrics. . related: wisdom, gratitude, poverty, values, DIY, self-sufficiency, music, vocal harmony female vocals 

DIY, female vocals, gratitude, harmony, music, poverty, self-sufficiency, singing, values, wisdom,

Built out obsolesce

About 18 years ago, I inherited an ancient vacuum cleaner. For about ten years it was mistreated (by me) - imagine a partially sighted and impatient #diy attempting 12 hours work, 6.5 days a week, and hoovering up dropped screws, wood chippings, etc. I've mended the hoover many times (Dyson DC01) but recently gave up - I'll have to buy a new one. Today - one final attempt to fix it... It works

DIY, sustainability,

DIY projects education for children

TED Resident Fawn Qiu designs fun, low-cost projects that use familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids. In this quick, clever talk, she shares how nontraditional workshops like hers can change the perception of technology and inspire students to participate in creating it.  easy_diy_projects_for_kid_engineers   Educational video to inspire creative

books, children, DIY, documentary, education, engineering, video,

Build a bird box for native bird conservation

How to make a birdbox An experienced woodworker shows how to build your own smart bird box. birdbox design to benefit wildlife Sussex (UK) Wildlife Trust member, Laura Brook, explains the pros and cons of different bird box designs and materials for several wild bird species. tags: biodiversity, conservation, DIY, environment, gardens, video, wildlife

biodiversity, conservation, DIY, environment, gardens, video, wildlife,

building a robust hen house on a budget

A hen house I made a couple of years ago. The raised floor is damp proof and rat proof, and it has done a good job.  The uprights are 2" x 2", 6" x 1" boards for the floor and base, 2" x 1" for everything else. The timber is tanalised, except the floor which was recycled (found in a skip!). I used plywood for the roof, covered in felt, but coated in bitumen first. related: chickens, DIY,

chickens, creativity, DIY, photos, poultry, self-sufficiency,


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