Make your own outdoor stone patio

Got some landscaping plan? And you want to have your own outdoor stone patio? That would mean a lot of work really. However, nothing is too hard as long as you have the right ideas and tools to begin with. For this one, let’s try to check some of the ways for you to be able to make your own outdoor stone patio the best way possible.

 

Getting Started

The main thing about building a stone patio is to have and concise plan about what you want to achieve. You can never create something great if you don’t have a goal to begin with. So in getting started make sure to make an actual design plan. That would mean knowing what pattern and style you want. There are so many easy to install patterns such as the running bond, which obviously doesn’t need special skills to do it.

Next is to consider the area. It is important that you know the exact parameter for the patio. A good start is to stake and mark the entire area. That way you will have the brief idea of the space that you need to cover. You should know that there would be a lot of cleaning, digging, excavating and filling jobs to do. So it is important that you already have a final measurement.

Then you have to start to check on where you are going to buy or get the stones that you are planning to use. You really need to shop around first for you to make proper comparisons, not only on the quality and types of the stones to use but most of all, the price.

 

Get the Job Done

After making all the necessary preparations, it’s time to get the job done. You have chosen the area, get the measurement, staked and got the stones that you want to use. What’s left is to make sure that you properly and securely install them. As mentioned, there might be some digging and filling works to do. So be ready for that. Unless you hire a Landscape Design Vancouver and let them do all these stuff?

So you start by laying the stone properly. This process needs you to wear some protective gloves, of course. That’s where you have to start following the pattern that you want. Remember to always start on the edges especially the ones neat a wall. Edges first going towards the middle. A lot of adjusting and moving needed. So better be patient with the process. You also need to use sand to adjust and the help of a rubber mallet.

If you are having a hard time keeping the stones aligned properly, you need to use some to keep them in place. At times, you will need to do some cutting jobs to adjust and fill in some smaller spot. Make sure that you have the idea about how to do it safely and properly. After laying everything in place, use a sand to fill in the small gaps between. For better bond, you’ll need to use polymeric. Make sure that everything is dry and in place.

 


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Make your own pellet gun targets

Shooting a pellet gun is fun activity itself.  Ah, but sometimes finding a good target out in the field can be a hard job.  So, how about you make your own targets.  It is fun and you will feel rewarded by the money you would have saved.  Let me share some ideas for homemade gun targets with you.

Characteristics of a good pellet gun target

You can also try with a pellet trap as a target.  Now, the main characteristics that any good pellet gun target must have include durability and versatility.

It has to be durable since it is going to get beaten constantly, unless, of course, you have a poor aim.  It must be versatile in that should allow shooting from different distances and angles.

It must be functional and long-lasting as well.  One great idea of a pellet trap is that they are silent.  This is a great option if you want to practice your shooting indoors.

The best material for pellet gun target

The truth is that it is your decision what material to use as target.  If you have gone to the carnival, you probably notice the background is made of cardboard.  You can perfectly make a target out of cardboard.  It has the advantage of being durable.

If you do not want to see the effects of the pellets on your target, you should go with iron or steel.  Use any object made of this metal and you should be good to go.  You can try using hanging spoons or cans.  They are actually fun to knock out.

We do not recommend using plastic, styrofoam or any other soft fabric.  Pellets may embed in them and make it nearly impossible to remove them.

Do it yourself

So when it comes to doing it yourself, pellet gun targets are not too difficult to make.  The ideas seem to be of limitless imagination.

If you want to make a trap, you can perfectly get a box, put some duct tape putty at the bottom and the target at the opening and you have yourself a silent pellet trap.

If you are lucky on budget, you can make your own cradle with different targets, even movable ones.   One novel idea was to put nails on a large stud.  Then push potatoes into the nails or screws.  Spray paint the potatoes just to make them look nicer.  There you have a nice target with biodegradable material.  And lots of fun too!

The rifle

Now, if you are looking for a great and versatile pellet gun to play with, I recommend the Gamo Silent cat air rifle.  Check it out and find out why it is the best rifle you could get.

 


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How to create your own simple app

A mobile app will help connect your business with your customers in a more efficient and practical way.  This is definitively the kind of leverage that you want.  Even though it might seem like complicated, creating your own simple app is easier than what you think.

We will take you know through some tools that can help you create your app.  You do not really need to have any knowledge on coding or app development.  All you need is the willingness to spend some time putting parts together until you produce a stunning product.

Set your goal

This is the part where you decide what is your app going to do and what concrete problem is it going to solve.  Setting a goal will help you get to the completion of your app easier.

Make a sketch

This is where you lay the foundation for your app’s interface.  Here you visualize the components and parts of your application and how these are going to be placed in your app.  A good sketch helps your team better visualize what it is that they are building.

Research everything regarding your app

The first thing that you probably want to take a look at is if there are any other apps that do the same thing that you want yours to do.  If this is the case, focus on those things that these apps do not offer.  Your competitors’ users reviews are a great source of information of this type.

Find inspiration and designs.  Dribble is a good place to find the most awesome designs.  You will probably find this as a favorite place to get ideas.

Research on what are the technical requirements for your app to run.  Check out with experts if your ideas is feasible or not.  Make sure you are also covering all legal and copyright aspects.

Finally, think of the strategy you will be implementing to market and monetize your app.  Decide if you will offer the download for a price or if you will give it for free with ads.

Wireframe and Storyboard

The wireframe is the mockup of your app.  The storyboard will help you understand all the connections between buttons in your app.

Backend Structure

Your wireframe and storyboard are the foundations for your backend structure.  Modify these to meet technical limitations if any.

Test it

You will be testing your app many times.  On the initial stage, you will be testing your prototype.  Get some friends to test the app by giving them access to the wireframe.  Ask for an honest review and go back to the desk based on their feedback.

The next steps refer to finally building the backend of your app, to test it again, give it some skins, and launch.  It is a pretty exciting adventure but one that requires a lot of work.  Of course, the internet offers you tools that already make most of these steps for you.  All you have to do is input your information.

If you would like a professionally-made app, you need the services of the top App Development Vancouver to assist you.


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DIY pest removal – traps, repellants and more that you can make yourself

Getting rid of pests is a skill that most of us should have.  There is a high chance that at least at one point in our lives we will have to come face to face with a relentless pest.  Our first thought when such thing happens is to run for the exterminator.  It is not the most cost-effective solution necessarily because pests can come back or not completely eliminated.

Every visit from pest control is costing you money.  Now, you see the natural world has its own ways of finding balances within various ecosystems.  This is why I believe that if pests are a natural thing, they can be fought naturally, without the need of hazardous substances.

Let’s quickly go over some DIY pest removals.  The best part is that you can do them with products that you already have at home.

Understanding pests

One thing we need to understand about pests is their mechanism of survival.  In simple words, if something is likable to an animal, he will be lured to it, even if it poisonous (he doesn´t know that).  On the other hand, if there is something that a critter does not enjoy, then he will walk away from it, no questions asked.

You should also decide if what you want is to repel the creature of actually kill it.  This will determine the type of trap that you will set up.  If you want to kill the animal, then consider using humane ways.  For example, a snap-type trap kills the mouse instantly instead of the slow painful death of a bait.

Some animals you maybe do not want to disappear since they actually have an important ecological niche.  For instance, if you have a pest of mice or cockroaches, the basic rule is that the ecosystem is ok without them.  However, you would not kill a raccoon, a deer, or a squirrel.  In these cases, the best way to go is to repel them.

Make your backyard pest-free

Keep your yard clean and free from anything that will attract unwanted visitors. Keep your garbage cans closed.  Chop off hanging branches as critters can use those to climb to your house.  Some very common repellents that you can use to ward off little mammals such as raccoons and chipmunks are ammonia and mothballs.  You can apply or place those in your attic or any other place where you have seen these undesirable ones at.

Repelling the tiny bugs

To keep bugs from entering your home, follow the standard procedures of keeping your house clean, water leaks repaired,  sealed containers, etc.

You can also elaborate some products to eliminate tiny pests.  An all-purpose can be made with 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid peppermint castile soap.

Sprays based on essential oils are also very effective at repelling mosquitoes or any other flying insect.

Remember, if you are having a pest removal issue,  maybe calling professionals is also a good way to go.  Just make sure they use green products and will not affect you or your family.


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Make your own standing desk for your Home Office

Many people these days would setup their own home office, especially those who are so busy and needs to bring their work at home. Or simply because they work online and working stay at home. With that, you really need to make sure that you’ve set up your home office in a most efficient way possible.

For instance, you might have the most amazing office chair anyone could own, yet there will also be times that you need to stretch out and stand. That’s when you’d find a standing desk handy. Having a standing desk would mean a lot for you. This is something that most people don’t really understand.

Why Use Standing Desk?

Sitting for longer hours a day can be very stressful, and painful. You’ve got those backaches, neck pains and bad posture even. Thus, having a standing desk will save you a lot from all those pains. Working on a standing desk provides far more benefits than you can imagine.

First, it relieves stress and protects your spine. Since you are standing straight while working on your standing desk, your spine is positioned properly and thus, prevents you from having back pains. Also, working on a standing desk promotes proper posture. No slouching at all. You’ll have a good chance to do some stretching especially on your leg area. Working while stretching, how about that?

Having a standing desk doesn’t actually mean that you ditch a traditional desk. You can consider your standing desk a good backup. You can even make your regular desk adjustable so you can transform it into a standing desk whenever you need to. Of course, you still need the best office chair.

Make your Own

Your first reaction, make my own standing chair? That’s hard, don’t know how. Guess what, making your own standing desk may not be as hard as you think. Unless you’re really a pro when it comes to building things. But for those who have the skills or even just the guts to do it, making one for you may not be that hard.

First things first, you’d be needing lots of measuring.   You need to consider your height, your size entirely. By doing so, you’ll have the idea of the actual size and measurement of your desk. Then, it’s time to think about the materials. If possible, make list of the all things that you need, from wood to bolts.

So you need to prepare a good base, the legs and the actual table top. If you know what a desk looks like, then you sure know how to assemble everything. The keys to having a good quality desk are the materials used, and most of all, exact measurement. Imagine having a disproportioned desk? That could be a disaster.

Finally, make sure that you have the right tools to do it. The basic tools like hammer, saw, nails, bolts, etc. And pair it with the right knowledge and skills. You’ll sure come up with a seamless, balanced and durable standing desk.


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How to make your own outdoor stone fireplace

if you’re thinking about starting a new DIY project why not consider an outdoor fireplace. This is a fantastic addition to anyone backyard, providing a cosy place to hang out with friends and family and really stoking the envy of your neighbours. Not to mention this will also drive up the value of your property. If you’re already sold on the idea then read on to discover how you van build your own.

Before beginning any project of this scope it’s important to state the obvious. If you don’t have much experience with masonry projects or have the right tools you may be better off having a professional masonry company do it. Centuria Masonry is the first choice in Vancouver for all masonry projects. You’ll save more from having professionals so it rather than renting or buying equipment that you’ll only end up using once and buy peace of mind knowing that experts are handling it

Materials:

  • Bricks
  • Fire bricks
  • Muriatic acid
  • Wood
  • Motor mix
  • Fireclay
  • Water
  • Hollow blocks
  • Angle bar
  • Bendable board
  • Steel bar
  • Sandstone
  • Fireplace grate
  • Black pipe

Tools:

  • Trowel
  • Brick Jointer
  • Torpedo level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Acid wash brush
  • Brick spacing rule
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Sledgehammer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Industrial hoe
  • String
  • Clamp
  • Chalk
  • Crow bar
  • Grinder

Choose your location carefully

When choosing a location take a careful look around your garden. The location should be a safe distance from your house and any other buildings or overhanging trees. The ground should be level and be free of any underground pipes or wiring.

Clear the area and set your foundations

Once you have an area picked out you’ll need to clear the area of all obstructions and begin digging for the foundation. It’s important that you make this both deep and solid as your fireplace will be very heavy. The concrete base should be at least 8” thick.

Build a base and firebox

With your foundations set you’ll next need to set a base for the fireplace. A 4” solid block should be enough. Using your firebricks then begin to build the firebox. This can be built to whichever size you choose. Just make sure it’s kept level and square.

Build the throat

Once the firebox is completed and the motor set you’ll need to start on the ‘throat’ by building the blocks around it. This will involve a cobbling technique of overhanging the bricks so they overstep each other. Continue until you have reduced the opening to the size of your flue liner.

Build the flue

Set your first liner in a bed of mortar and slide a flue block over it. Repeat until you have the height you want.

Stonework

Now comes the fun part. Begin setting your chosen stones around the fireplace, stacking it based on your own chosen style. Fill the spaces between each stone with mortar. If your using bricks rather than stone, use the grindstone to cut each piece to size.

That’s roughly it. This is a project that allows you a lot of creativity so do some research to find a style that suits you.


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How to DIY Balayage at Home

There’s a new hairstyle that’s showing up everywhere though to call it new isn’t correct. Balayage has been around since the 1980’s. it’s a French word that means ‘to paint’ or ‘to sweep’ and it’s becoming popular with men as well. This is thanks largely to its appearance on many A-list Hollywood stars. If you’re thinking of getting some highlights then this is a great choice. It’s quite easy to do at home and looks awesome when pulled off right. While the DIY result is pretty easy to do and is what I’m going to show you here – for best results see a hair salon which will guarantee best results.  For a balayage in Vancouver, you can find some great salons which will get you a great look.

Balayage – What is it?

To first start off let’s get a better understanding of what balayage exactly is. Unlike regular highlights which are saturated all the way through to the tips, balayage is only lightly applied to the top layer, hence the name for ‘to paint’. Since it’s only lightly applied the effect is very subtle and blends in with the rest of your hair. With balayage you won’t get the stark contrast you get with normal highlights, instead, you’ll get a sort of sunburned look as though you’ve been in the tropics for the summer.

Another great thing about it is its very low maintenance. So long as you use a color protecting shampoo and touch it every few weeks it will keep its effect for months without having to do a full restyle.

How to do it yourself.

If you feel confident enough to do it yourself then follow these steps.

You will need the following materials before starting:

  • Either a paddle hairbrush or a comb (depends on whether your hair is long or short)
  • An Ombre or Balayage kit
  • A deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
  • Heat protective spray
  • A hairdryer

Step 1.

Open the balayage kit and begin mixing the bleach. Make sure to use gloves when mixing. If you have shoulder length hair it’s also a good idea to cover your shoulders so as not to get any bleach on them.

Step 2.

Take your hairbrush or comb and apply the bleach to the bristles. When using a comb apply the bleach evenly on both side at one end of it. Then begin to lightly and gently brush through your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. Depending on how heavy you want the dye to be you can go a little harder in other parts like the front. Just try not to saturate it too much. Be a little creative and add it wherever you want lighter areas.

Depending on the dye your using give it about 30min to set. The longer you leave it in the more it will brighten so make sure to carefully read the instructions on the kit you bought.

Step 3.

Rinse, dry and repeat as needed.  Apply the heat protective spray before you blow-dry each time. Once you’re happy with it go out and enjoy your new look. Check out this great video to see how it’s done


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