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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Complete Your Home Bar With a Kegerator

A home bar is not complete without the best kegerator installed in it. Kegs and coolers are just part and parcel of a modern home bar where friends and dates get to enjoy. If you want a home bar that rocks, it better be complete because if not, you’re better off going to a regular bar outside of your home.

For a craft beer enthusiast, there is nothing better than the sight of a fresh keg at home. And let’s face it, a pitcher is not a perfect thing to pour a beer from. There is a better way and you know it—buy a kegerator. This is the only way by which you can keep a good stash of craft beer and keep it fresh for a long time.

  1. Size and space—Some beer aficionados are too technical about this matter but let’s keep things simple here. You want to have a kegerator, but do you have a space for it in your home? The kegerator should at least be the size of a keg and that translates to three to four square feet of floor space. If you don’t have a space like that, then it’s not a good idea to buy a kegerator.
  2. Buy it or do it yourself—Now suppose you’ve found a space that’s accessible enough to put your keg on, the next thing that you need to consider are your options. How’s your budget? Buying a pre-fabricated kegerator is definitely more expensive than doing it yourself and making a kegerator out of a conversion kit. If you have the money, buying is the convenient way to go. If you want to do it yourself, do you have the time?
  3. Craft maintenance and balance—Having a kegerator at home is not like having to pour your craft beer in a pub. There, someone is maintaining the kegerator for you. If you have one at home, you have to maintain it yourself. You have to clean the beer lines with caustic cleaning agent after a couple of weeks of heavy use. To prevent beer stones from developing, you have to clean the lines with acid every three months. Why does it sound like having a dog? Well, because its close to having one and if you’re not up for the commitment, then it’s better to not have it.
  4. Kegs—Kegs of you favorite brews are not always available. Let’s face it. The purpose of having a kegerator is not to have some garden variety beer for yourself. You want a kegerator because you want to store some of your favorite brew.

While having a kegerator is the ultimate status symbol for beer enthusiasts, having it means that you have to maintain it. If you’re not up to the task, you better not start it and just buy your brew outside. But if you’re one of those stay at home buddies who would prefer to have everything you need inside your bat cave, then following these tips is the best way to go.


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Handy Tools for Outdoor Work

If you consider yourself a handy person who has some experience in a trade, building things, renovating your home, or landscaping your property, chances are you have a lot of tools. I don’t find any problem with owning a surpluss of tools, but given this is my living, I also don’t have a problem with alotting tons of space to store my tools.

I’m fortunate to live on the outskirts of a city in relatively large house, allowing for easy storage of all my equipment. However, for many young people these days, owning a large property just isn’t possible. Either you need to live in the core of a city where the work is aplenty but property is limited, or you find a fixer-upper somehwere outside the city, providing you with a large property at an affordable cost. The latter requires a lot of work, but for many, this can also be a lot of fun and eventually take on the form of a hobby. In this article, we would like to briefly discuss some of the most versatile tools for outdoor work, which will hopefully allow you to get started on your projects without spending too much on equipment.

Chainsaw

Many people that are just starting to get into handywork and who hear the word “chainsaw” often picture lumberjacks sawing down huge trees, as well as dollar signs. Of course, if you plan on doing just this, then you will need a larger chainsaw that will likely be quite expensive. However, for many applications, smaller and cheaper chainsaws can get a lot of jobs done. Are you clearing small trees from a property, need to break logs into segments, or want to quickly sweep through a range of bush? A small chainsaw could be a highly practical item to consider.

Spade/Shovel

Similar to a chainsaw, smaller spades can serve a lot of purposes, but if you need to do lots of hard digging, go for a taller spade that won’t require so much bending. Your tools are only as good as your ability to use them, so if you’re laid up on the couch with a bad back all the time, you won’t be very productive. A small spade is nice to have as a bonus item, and they are way better for storage, but a standard shovel will save your back in lots of cases.

Axe

Axes are one of the most essential outdoor tools, and are way cheaper than chainsaws. Like everything else we discussed so far, they can come in many different sizes, but they also range in styles. A small tactical axe, which tends to look like a tomahawk, can offer portability and durability, but less power than a standard axe. The standard axe is usually cheaper, heavier, more powerful, and realistically, doesn’t take up that much room in storage anyway, so if you’re only going ot get one, we would go with the latter.

Durable and Waterproof Clothing

We know these aren’t “tools”, but we mentioned before that your tools are only as good as your ability to use them. Additionally, when working outdoors, there are many other safety factors to consider, as you now have to inorporate the elements and many different types of terrain (maybe even wildlife!). Briefly here are our most essential items:

A rugged GPS watch is always good to have if you’re working in the outdoors, particularly if you’re far away from home. You likely won’t need the GPS capability, but you will certainly need top-notch durability, and these features are often found together. A moisture-wicking hat is crucial to avoid heat stroke on hot sunny days. While light moisture-wicking clothing can keepp you cool and dry, if the weather changes rapidly, it’s always good to have a backup plan. In this case, we suggest considering a waterproof and insulative shell jacket. Lastly, but certainly not least, are boots. Boots are extremely important. Comfort comes first, as this will help ensure you can manage walking long distances and simpley wearing them for prolonged periods. Find a pair with lots of grip, and if you can manage it, steel toes, and your feet will thank you!

Summary

By no means will this list of tools be all you ever need for outdoor work. However, if you’re looking to get a few things to start working on a property or other outdoor area, and you don’t know exactly where those projects will take you, these tools offer versatility that will come in handy at some point.


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Create your Own Pellet Gun Target Shooting Practice Range

Are you into target shooting? Where do you normally practice? What if you set up your own shooting practice range at home? Setting up a home shooting practice range at home has become very popular these days. You don’t have to go somewhere else to practice shooting. It saves you time, energy as well money.

If you think it’s that hard to create your own pellet gun target range at home think again. All you need is a good space area, a bit of patience, budget and a good idea how to get started. In order to help you further, let’s check out some of the best ideas in setting up a home shooting range.

Target Shooting

As you know, target shooting might be fun, but it requires extra cautiousness when it comes to safety. Pellet guns may not be as powerful as the real one, but it would still hurt. Since target shooting would involve bursting or firing a pellet gun, you’ve got to be careful with everything. When you fire a gun, you have to be conscious about where the pellets will end up.

For seasoned target shooters, they definitely have the right ideas about handling their pellet guns right. For beginners however, it is important that you try to study or learn the basics first. Target shooting is not just about shooting. There are more to that than just hitting your target. Conside
r the handling techniques and safety. Not to forget about the laws and regulations that go with owning and shooting a pellet gun in your area.

Create your Own Target Shooting Range

In order to get started creating your own shooting range, make sure that you have a good location and enough area space to do so. For pellet guns, the ideal range distance is 10 meters. You might also need to put some extra distance for backer boards. Meaning, you really need to have enough space to begin with.

Once you’ve decided where you are able to put up a shooting range, then start planning for your traps. Though pellet guns may not be as powerful, ricochets may still occur. Thus, you have to set up your pellet traps right. The standard is four feet from the ground. But you can always go more than that for extra protection. And to avoid pellets to off and hit someone outside the range.

Next is to setup a good lighting and targets. Your target range should be flexible. You should be able to play during the day or the night. When creating targets, make sure that they illuminates for clearer view. You also need to put a good shooting table. You need to have something where you are able to put your gun, and all the other stuff that you need. Your targets and your table should at least coincide which each other.

Creating your own shooting range to practice at home is not that hard. You just need to be creative and hardworking. Check out some of the DIY tips online to get started.

 


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