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DIY Pinatas and Paper Mache

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Paper mache and pinatas are an easy DIY craft project.

Piñatas are easy to make and fun for all ages. The designs can be as intricate as you like. The more layers of paste strips you apply, the stronger the paper mache form will be. For a young children’s party, use only a few layers or the piñata will be to strong to break.

Paper mache is a very low cost idea, but keep in mind that it can get quite messy. All you need is an easy to make pa...

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How to can at home

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Methods for home canning

Canning processes vary depending on the food item that you wish to can. Canning with a pressure cooker for meats and non-acidic foods is different than hot pack or boiling water bath canning procedures. Hot pack and boiling methods are the simplest methods and do not have the safety issues of working with a pressure cooker.

First things first

For hot pack or boiling water canning gather all yo...

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How does an outdoor furnace work

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

How an outdoor furnace works

Outdoor furnaces are also known as wood stoves or boilers. They can burn wood, corn or coal, or many other combustable materials. Their basic operation is simple, the furnace works by burning the fuel to heat air, or water, that is sent to the homes interior heating system. The piping for the heated water is installed underground and should be insulated to retain the heat being sent to the home. Piping for heated air is usually set above ground....

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Troubleshooting car problems: Air conditioner won't work

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Car Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide

The air conditioner in a vehicle operates in much the same manner as a home air conditioning system. Air is pulled past evaporator coils filled with Freon and the air is cooled, or more accurately, the heat is removed from the air. Many of the same things that can go wrong in a home air conditioning system can also go wrong in a car's system so where do you begin to troubleshoot when the air conditioning is not working?...

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Dear Grandpa - a letter of love

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A heartfelt and heart warming letter by Nicole H.

July 19, 2014


Dear Grandpa,


It seems that now that I write so much that this is the best way for me to express my feelings. It's also hard to do with machines beeping all around you and nurses walking around.


When I said goodbye to you at the hospital yesterday, I wanted to say more, but I guess I sort of froze. Anyway, here you go.


When we said g...

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Easy Chinese New Year Craft Ideas

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Crafts ideas for Chinese New Year

The Chinese culture is rich with beautiful craft and art work. Craft ideas for making items to celebrate the Chinese New Year run from simple to complex but even simple work can be fun and decorative.

Paper Lanterns

You will need colored paper and card stock in 8 ½ by 11 size or A4. Get a variety of bright colors. You will also need colored tissue paper, glue, scisso...

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A Brief History of Geothermal Heating

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Brief History of Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating is not a new idea, its use goes back several thousand years. Romans used the water from hot springs for their public baths. The oldest known hot springs spa was built in the Qin dynasty in China in the 3rd century B.C. Geothermal heat can also be obtained directly from the ground itself.

Roman uses

Geothermal water was not only used by the...

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Gas Water Heater Repair Tips

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Gas Water Heater Repair Tips

Guest post by Grace Bailey

The most standard type of water heater comes with an insulated storage tank, but the heat comes from different sources, be it electricity or some sort of natural fuel. In this case, we will cover the possible fixes for a faulty gas water heater and what you can do about it. The following tips will help clear things up for your future needs:

Hot water productio...

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How to Make Greeting Cards for Halloween

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

How to make Halloween greeting cards

Making your own greeting cards for Halloween can be an enjoyable project. You do not need to be a great artist, you just need some imagination and some paper. Paper isn't even a necessity, as thin cardboard and other materials can be used. For Halloween cards, you might try using brown paper bags for an eerie effect. Card making can also be a fun project the whole family can enjoy, even younger children can help in card d...

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Introduction to the Prepper Movement

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Introduction to the Prepper Movement

What is the Prepper movement? Simply put, the Prepper movement involves preparations for the potential end of life on earth as it is now known. Preppers intend to be self-reliant, or group-reliant, if man-made or natural events cause a failure in the structure of society. Many involved in the movement are already functioning primarily off the grid. Other terms for Preppers may include survivalists or homesteaders. Each in...

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