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If you want to get out on the track and race but you budget will not allow a car or motorcycle the next best bet it to retune and refit that old riding lawnmower sitting unused in your garage. Lawnmower racing is the most affordable type of motor sports and it is rapidly gaining popularity. The following will provide you with the basics on how to build a racing lawnmower.

To get started you will need the following tools.

  • Drill
  • Sandblaster
  • T Drives
  • Jigsaw
  • Brake parts
  • Angle grinder
  • Welder

Racing Lawnmower 1 How to Build a Racing Lawnmower

Step One:

If your going to build a racing lawnmower you will an old second hand one if you do not already have one. Remove all the parts from the old mower, except the chassis. Use your sandblaster to clean all the dust and rust and other debris from the surface and under carriage of the chassis.

Step Two:

Now you must strengthen the chassis. Always use metal for any components located on the rear axle. It might be a good idea to get professional help with welding the parts as the rear axle needs to be the strongest part of the drive train. Once the parts are welded, assemble the rear axle. To guarantee that the assembly is exact you might want to hire the services of a precision engineer.

Step Three:

Once the back axle is installed, you will need to make the cutout for the engine plate. You can use either the jigsaw, hole saw or drill for cutting the plate to size. Next you will have to prepare the steering wheel, engine and wheels. Check with the local newspapers for cheap parts or even go to the junk yard. Go cart stores and online are other excellent places to find parts.

Racing Lawnmower1 How to Build a Racing Lawnmower

Step Four:

The next step in building your racing lawnmower is to connect the steering set to the chassis. For safety purposes always wear goggles when you are welding. Once the steering set is connected, you need to set the wheels, tires and back axle. If you have never done this, get some tutorials or the help of a professional or someone who has experience in fitting the parts. Now fit the brake caliper and customize your pedals to make sufficient room for the brake, clutch and accelerator. Last to be fitted are the engine, pulleys, belts and clutch. You will need a steering wheel and seat also.

Now take your new racing lawnmower out for a test drive. This will give you some idea of how well it operates and give you the opportunity to check the steering wheel and brakes.

If you have ever been inside of a cave in the winter time you know first hand that the    surrounding rock and earth form a natural barrier against the cold and the area maintains a constant temperature. Earth homes are a good, energy efficient way to build. Snug in the winter and cool in the summer. Fire and termite proof, houses like it have stood for centuries, some for millennia. Let’s look at the steps and see how easy and inexpensive it is to build one.

Step One:

First make sure that you have the correct kind of soil. Sandy but not all sand (50%-70%). Not too much clay either, or the walls will shrink and crack. Take a sieve, spread out a tarp and filter out all the rocks and roots. Turn your earth into sandstone the same way nature does, with pressure. Spread out your tarp to protect your earth from participation. More than 10% moisture and the earth won’t hold its shape.

Rammed Earth House How to Build a Rammed Earth House

Step Two:

Your foundation will need to be reinforced concrete. Extend it from about 12” both above and below ground. If you live in a cold climate you might want to go as deep as 24” below. Lay the foundation in 8´sections, each dovetailed into the next with reinforcing rods. The forms will be about 12” wide and taper to 8” at the top, then out to 12” at the bottom. Use 2 x 6 planks, lined with building paper and strengthened on the outside with 2×4 uprights. Prepare your concrete mix from 1 part cement, 2 of sand, and 3 of gravel. Once your first sections are dry remove the plank forms and move to the next section. Frame the door and window openings as you go along and brace them well.

Step Three:

Set all the forms before you begin to ram the wall. The South Dakota State College bulletin 277, Rammed Earth Walls for Farm Buildings is a good tutorial. If you are working alone use 5/8” marine planking, it’s lighter and very strong. Line the wooden molds with shoot steel and reinforce with 4 x 4 uprights. The molds should be about one foot wide. Shovel a 4” layer of dirt into the form, pound the earth until it rings like rock, and then repeat. The rammed earth hardens as it dries so you can remove the forms as soon as they are filled. Stagger the joints in each course.

Rammed Earth House 1 How to Build a Rammed Earth House

Step Four:

The library is loaded with books on how to build a roof, frame a window and wire your new house. Concrete frames are best because they do not warp; only slant the lips to the water drips away from the earth wall.

Rammed earth homes are energy efficient, long lasting and easy enough for one person to build. Since most of the walls are earth, i.e., dirt cheap, they are inexpensive also.

A ramp is very simply any inclined surface that is used to travel between a lower point and a higher one. It is one of the simplest machines, the inclined surface making it easier to travel to the higher point much easier than when it is done vertically. To build a ramp, you only need simple materials as follows:

  • Wood,
  • Nails and screws
  • Pink foam
  • Carpet samples
  • Bricks and a gutter
  • Rubber treads and masking tape
  • Black colored PVC

The tools used to complete this project are as varied as the materials. A good posthole digger, tape measure, tin snips, claw and framing hammer, caulking gun screwdrivers hand saw and hacksaw, staple gun and chisel.

 How to Build a Ramp

Step one:

Check your local building codes before starting construction. Measure the ground to get the length of the materials needed. For every inch of elevation, 1`will ne needed. Square the landing 5`on either side with batter boards. After measuring one, place the ramp edges with the help of the batter boards. To make a perfect triangle you will have to use the 3 4 5 triangle principle to square and level the positions of for the ramp.

Step two:

Now create a solid base for the ramp by digging in about 3¨into the ground. You can place the post locations using the masking tape or a plum bob, if you have one, and some powdered chalk to transfer the marks to the post. Once this is done, make your post holes 6” deep before retying the lines indicating the exterior post faces.

Build a Ramp How to Build a Ramp

Step three:

Now that the ramp is set up, fill the tubes with concrete. Use premixed concrete for the best results and make sure that all of the air bubbles are eliminated. Let the posts dry for about two days before beginning to work again.

Step four:

Once everything that you need is set up, cut some crossbeams in the same length as the exterior faces. Make some holes for the bolts on the beam. Use your washers to make sure it is firmly secured. Reinforce the landing joists with the running joists, making sure that the landing joists are laid out and cut to fit exactly in the sides between the posts. Test your ramp by stepping on it and doing a few trial shakes.

Building a ramp doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.

One of the most important sections of any building is the roof. Roofs keep energy in and rain and weather out, therefore constructing them properly is extremely important. There are several of different roof designs to choose from depending on the type of building you have and climatic conditions. You will need to do some tutorials in the basics of construction, slating, felting, battening and installing the whole thing into place before you begin.

You will need basic hand tools as follows: claw and framing hammers, tape measure, hacksaw and wood saws, level, combination square, wrenches, ladders, felt tip pens and pencils, nail gun, chisel, tin snips, caulking gun, blue prints and nail sets.

Build Roof1 How to Build a Roof

Step One:

First of all, check to make sure that the rafter ends are in the correct position. For the ends to be correct the walls must be parallel to each other. Install the sheets properly from the base to the top. If they are not, raise them in four inch increments, carefully dividing the last roof sheet for easy placement. Place the mark for the sheeting parallel to the rafters. Be aware of the local codes. They will be an excellent guide to where you should place the nails.

Step two:

Never secure the rafters at the edges of the roof until the adjoining sheets have been nailed. This will allow you to move the location of the rafters if you need to. Stagger the joints of the roof sheathing for the different courses. Now divide a part into two parts so that you can utilize these as roof sheaths.

Roof How to Build a Roof

Step Three:

Now use metal clips to strengthen your work. Check your work every so often to make sure that everything is lined up properly, and check each slope individually. You can cover your roof with weather protection, such as shingles, tar or tile. Remember to keep in mind the weight of the materials and how it will affect the strength of the roof.

Now you have a roof that will protect you home and last for many years to come.

Everyone has something that they want to keep from prying eyes. It may be personal property or private papers. What ever that has to be hidden the home has many possibilities. The most convenient and the most popular is the simple hard cover book. As innocent as a book may seem it has served people down through the ages as a good hiding place. Simply follow these simple guidelines and build your secret compartment the easy way.


  • A hard cover book, at least 2 inches thick
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Small paint brush
  • White glue

Secret Compartment1 How to Build a Secret Compartment

Step One:

First remove the dust jacket from your book. You will use it later, along with the first few pages which will serve as a cover for the secret compartment. You will need at least 25 pages left untouched by your craft knife. Once you have laid this out, combine equal amounts of water and white glue. Get the plastic wrap and use it to protect the back cover, several front pages and the front cover from glue spills. You don’t want to leave any trace of glue on the book as it is a tell tale sign that it has been tampered with.

Step Two:

Once you have everything in its place, use your glue mixture to make the remaining pages of the book stick to each other. Use your paintbrush to apply a generous amount of the glue on the top, side and bottom area of each page. Keep you glue line about ½” back from the edge, invisible from casual inspection. After applying the glue, keep the book closed, place a heavy object on it to keep the pages intact and allow the glue several hours to dry completely.

Secret Compartment3 How to Build a Secret Compartment

Step Three:

Once the glue has dried, remove the protective plastic covering from both sides of the book. Measure the desired length, width, and depth of the secret compartment. Use your pencil and a ruler to draw the outline of the hollow inside the book. Again, make sure to remain well back from the edges so the book is as sturdy as possible. Now take out the inner block of pages using your craft knife. Take out the cut pages one by one, trimming the edges of any waste. Return it to the dust jacket to make it look as normal as possible and place it on your bookshelf.

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