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A seesaw is nothing more than a board with a long slender plank perched in the middle so that the ends go up and down when weight is applied to the other end. In practice, a rider sits on each end and each in their turn pushes their feet against the ground to lift their end up into the air, dropping the other end to the ground. Seesaws usually have handles in front of each rider to hold on to as they face each other. Building a seesaw is as easy as the instructions below indicate.

What you will need:

  • Bolts and screws
  • Cement and sand
  • Padding
  • Water
  • Staples
  • Covering material
  • U-clamp and post anchors
  • Metal U-frame or post stock
  • Metal tubing or 2” X 8” stock
  • Shovel, hammer, level, tape measure, staple gun, pencil/paper, wood and metal drill.

Seesaw How to Build a Seesaw

Step One:

To start off you must construct a solid foundation for your seesaw. Level out and area of ground about 20´x 20´ and dig two holes in the center at least one foot wide and six feet deep. Set your tubes into the holes. Keep the peak of the tube about 3” underneath the ground. Connect your anchor to allow perpendicular supports.

Step Two:

Now that you have finished the foundations, it is time to build the posts. Take the one-piece metal U-post system or simply two vertical posts joined by a metal pipe and bolted on to the ends to a steel/wooden post system. Attach the posts to the foundation. Once the posts are attached, pour your concrete, sand and water mix into the holes and completely around the posts. Make sure that the posts are exactly at right angles to the surface. Allow your concrete 24 hours to set before attaching the posts to the foundation.

Step Three:

Now you have to decide on the length of the lever. You can use metal or wood but you need to wrap the lever with padding and if you chose wood fasten a metal strip to the base of the stock to provide firmness. Bore holes for the seat on both ends.

Step Four:

Place your handles by drilling a hole in the level arm about 18” -24” from the end of the lever. Drill another hole in a 1” X 2” piece of stock. Attach the vertical beam into the parallel lever and then add your cross piece to the upright beam as a handle. At the end of the seesaw, both sides, attach a piece of foam covered with leather to serve as seats.

Step Five:

Now sand down the sharp edges of your foundation, lever, handles, etc. Paint your seesaw using non-lead based paint.

First off, you have to know that installing any car electronics isn’t any kind of picnic. Stuffing all of those electronics and cables into a space that they weren’t intended to go into presents many unique challenges for even the best installers. Building custom speaker enclosures can be the most creative part of the job. Installing a box is a choice many car stereo enthusiasts really love. The sound of the smooth, deep bass is hard tough job inside of a cars environment.

There are two types of boxes to consider. The sealed box, which is nothing more than an airtight enclosure whose purpose, is to enhance the speaker’s performance. The vented box, also known as ported or bass-reflex systems, are more complex to install but the performance jump is worth the effort. Vented boxes channel sound to the front and rear on the cone. They also give better bass sound. The following instructions are for a sealed box. There are much more detailed instructions available online for both a vented box and a sealed box. Which ever one you decide on will improve the sound in your car significantly.

Speaker Box How to Build a Speaker Box

Step One:

Determine the dimensions of the box in which you speakers will rest. You will need several pieces of wood, about ½” thick for the walls and top of your speaker box. Lay out your materials and tools.

Step Two:

Take a circular and cut out the shapes needed to build the enclosure that you will need. Trim off any rough edges and sand well. When forming the enclosure, use liquid nails between the connections to create a strong bond that will easily direct the sound waves that best suit the listener. You might need to install a port for the sound to better propagate and resound. Now install the wires that will connect the speakers to the stereo.

Speaker Box 1 How to Build a Speaker Box

Step Three:

Now that you have the wiring done and the box sealed up tight, the speakers can be installed. Carefully solder the wires, keeping in mind that the vibration of the vehicle will affect them, and lay down a good bead of silicon before pressing the speakers firmly but gently into their openings. You should have gotten a set of screws with your speakers but if not they are available at any hardware store. Finally determine which order you band pass is as this will determine the amps and capacitor derivatives.

To build your dream home, there are many things to consider because this is a big project that needs strong financial backup. Prior to building your home, you need to consider your budget. It is likely you will need financing or loan options- ensure that you’ve secured this before you start. Before you can apply for loan, banks need to see your building blueprint, which involves planning. Determine the location of your house. You can either build from scratch, or select a design from building catalogs. Form a dependable building tem. The team should consist of a contractor, surveyor, architect and other field experts. The combination of a good building team together with sufficient financing and smooth applications approval will ensure that your home be built in no time.

A house is basically a structure in a piece of land that serves as the dwelling of person/s. How to build a house then? Firstly, you need to grade and prepare the site. Then, construct a foundation. Building the foundation correctly is crucial because a house cannot last long without a good foundation. Next is to build frames, which includes the wall partitions and involves brick building. After the foundation is up, you can install windows and doors. Roofing is next, followed by installation of sides. Then, it’s time to call in the electrical and plumbing experts who will install rough electrical and rough plumbing systems for the whole house.

Build a House How to Build a House

Insulating your home against extreme heat, cold and harsh climate is also an important step. Then, drywall is applied followed by underlayment. Paint your new home in colors that suit your preference. After that step, you can finish the electrical installations. Shifting your attention to kitchen counters and bathroom design, you can now install and complete the plumbing system in both areas. It is important to choose the right flooring material or carpeting because it affects the overall look and feel of the home. You can then attach the systems to the main water source and test run the water flow. Fix any leakages or insecure plumbing outlets. The last thing to note (albeit an essential point) is to install a septic system and attach the system to the main sewer.

Note that the building of each part may be done by different subcontractors specializing in their respective fields (i.e. roofing or framing). They are supervised and coordinated by a main contractor who works with you to ensure that your home is completed in the agreed period of time. These simple outlines on how to build a house can be used as a reminder of the processes to note when you build.

Everybody loves toys. Have you ever thought of building your own toy? For example, a mouse trap car. It is often used as a science project assignment for education purposes other than for car competition wise. Either way, it is not a difficult task to setup one on your own. In fact, with the right tools and materials, you can have one up and running down your hallway in just a few hours time. You can try it out yourself today by following the simple steps on how to build a mouse trap car suggested below.

Firstly, get a new mouse trap and look for the wire which holds the opening of the mouse trap. Take extra care when meddling with the trap. Then, use pliers to remove the wire and the bait holder from the trap. You will need two eye screws to create holes at the end of the mouse trap. Do take note that these holes should be made 8mm from the edge before you screw them right into the holes.  Now, you can focus on making the wheels of the car. To make the shape of the wheels, you can draw four circles measuring 75mm each on the plywood with the help of a compass. In actual fact, the circle size can varies based on your own preference.

Mouse Trap Car1 How to Build a Mouse Trap Car

After you have cut the circles out using a saw, ensure that the wheels are made smooth by filing. Take hold of two metal rods where you will cut them into equal length and proceed with using a file to make their edges smooth. You will first need a rod where you make a cut halfway into it. Place the wire of the trap which you have removed earlier on into the slot you have created. Secure the wire on the axle’s slot with some glue and leave it to dry for one night. Next, fix the rod onto the end of the trap where the eye screws have been put in place in the earlier phase. Do the same with the other rod too. Use washers to hold the axles together. Take each ready cut wheel and drill a hole in the middle. Slide all four wheels on each side of the rods.

Lastly, for the car’s engine, you will need a string to tie it to the center of the mouse trap’s jaws. Make a loop for the end to reach to the trap’s rear axle. Glue two rubber bands together around the back of the wheels.

Finally, you are ready for a mouse trap car race. For further improvement or enhancement on your car, it is advisable to experiment with various wheel sizes and additional features for a more aerodynamic design. Flaunt your car down the race track by throwing in colorful paints or marker on your car wheels.

Owning a cover for your patio can prove to be a valuable addition to your home. Naturally, it shades the patio, but did you know the shade from a patio cover can also serve to keep the interior of your home nice and cool by keeping the sun away from nearby windows? It takes at least 2 people to build one, so you might want to involve your entire family in the project. That way, all of you will know how to build a patio cover if or when you need one.

First of all, you will need to dig out 4 holes at least 18 inches deep from corner to corner of your patio for the posts. The distance between holes is usually 12 inches or less. Fill in approximately 3 inches of compacted gravel into each hole. Frames will need to be constructed to hold the post up while the cement dries. These can be constructed from 2″ x 4″ pieces of lumber and screwed together. Ensure that all the frames are level and flush with one another before the cement is poured.

Patio Cover How to Build a Patio Cover

4″ x 4″ pieces of lumber can be used to form the posts of your patio cover. It is up to you to decide the height of the posts you want, but most patio covers generally don’t extend more than 1 storey up and are usually 8 feet tall. One person is to hold the post upright in the anchoring hole while another mixes the quick-drying cement and pours it in the hole. Ensure the lumber is completely vertical with a level before moving on to the remaining 3 posts. Dirt can be packed around the cement once it hardens for a more aesthetically-appealing appearance.

The support beams are important, as you’ll find out in the course of learning how to build a patio cover. These are made from 1″ x 12″ lumber pieces that are the same length as the area covered by the support posts. One beam is attached to the roof line while the other is screwed to the support posts. Use 2-inch screws for this part of the project. Subsequently, the rafters are fashioned from 2″ x 4″ lumber pieces spanning the distance between the two beams.

After that is completed, you are now ready for the final part of the project, which is to install the roof. The roof of a patio cover can be made from heavy-duty corrugated plastic, prefabricated aluminum, wood, PVC or even metal screening. Nail it into place and you now have a nice, shaded place to hang out.

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