Sailing can be one of the most relaxing, fun activities that can be done during the hot summer season. Wouldn’t it be great to not only have the fun of sailing but the self satisfaction of knowing that you built your own boat? Building your own boat also means that everything is exactly where you want it to be because you put it there. Below are a few easy steps that will lead to a sailboat that you have built yourself and the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with it.

Step one:

First of all you are going to need building plans for the type and style that you want to build. There are many available, from the free, basic sets, to the commercial variety that is sometimes quite expensive. Regardless of which you chose, they all will serve you well otherwise they would not be available to the general public. There are also a number of books available that will assist you in your building.

Sailboat 1 How to Build a Sailboat

Step two:

Now it is time to move to lofting. This means that the plywood that you are using will need the markings set for cutting. This are marked clearly on the plans. Once you have completed the marking, cut your plywood. A Jigsaw or circular saw is most often used.

Step Three:

Now that you have cut all of your forms, the fore and aft halves have to be assembled. Assembling these accurately, along with the other pieces that form the basic structure of the boat is extremely important. Take your time in making the form as accurate as possible so that the final product does not suffer.

Step four: The next step is bringing the joint edges together with epoxy. Once you have brushed the epoxy on and sealed the edges tightly, using clamps until the epoxy dries, make sure that you have put epoxy on any fiberglass tape used at the joints. Once dry you can now seal the hulls seams. You can use duct tape to plaster the outside seams, while epoxy resin should be used on the inside seams. Once the inside is dry, however, use duct tape to cover its entire surface.

Sailboat How to Build a Sailboat

Step five:

Now that the hull is dry and set the next step is to do the other details such as seat, tiller, deck, storage area, among others. Once you have finished these items to your satisfaction, use a maritime paint to paint both inside and outside of your new sailboat.

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.

Materials:

  • 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.

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.

Climate change is happening and anyone who owns waterfront property knows the damage that erosion from storm surges can cause. Building a seawall is an investment of a lot of physical labor but is not difficult using the proper power tools. You will need the following tools and materials:

  • Jackhammer (rental)
  • Reciprocating saw
  • 3” metal pipe about four feet long
  • Ready mix concrete
  • ½” threaded rebar
  • 2” x10” lumber
  • Galvanized nuts and washers
  • Silicone sealant.

 How to Build a Seawall

Step One:

Check your building codes and obtain a permit to build your seawall. Some jurisdictions require inspections both before and after you begin work so know what is required of you before you start construction. Purchase/rent your supplies and tools. Read these instructions carefully and lay everything out in the order that you will be using it.

Step Two:

Now take your rebar and pipe to a professional welder and have them bend the rebar into a U-shape, weld the bottom of the U to the pipe. You will require four pieces of rebar welded to each pipe. This part is used to hold the seawall to the pipe.

Step Three:

Now you need to mark exactly where you want to install the posts, marking out 8´increments. Dig your holes and place the posts in the holes with the rebar pointing towards the water. Make sure to keep the top of the posts level with each other. Add you concrete and allow setting or at least 24 hours.

Step Four:

Using your saw, cut the lumber to fit each post, drill holes, and slips the lumber on to each post, bending the rebar to make it fit. Attach you work with washers and nuts and use the reciprocating saw to trim off excess rebar. Seal off the ends of the rebar with silicone.

Step Five:

The last step is to fill the land side of the seawall with large rocks, sand and topsoil, in that order. Make sure to build up the water side with a rip trap to prevent erosion.

Now you have built a barrier between your home and the sea, protecting your investment as well as your piece of mind.

Now that building costs are higher than ever and with the economy in a slump many folks are deciding to build their own homes and are seeking different ways to save cash. Constructing your own septic tank is one way to save a bundle. Please keep in mind that constructing your own septic tank is strictly regulated due to environmental and safety factors. Even so, building one is not nearly as difficult as it seems. Septic tanks contain wastes coming from your home and keep it stored to be broken down by organisms. You will find it much easier to go into the job with all your permit requirements satisfied and a solid plan in place. If you get stuck you can always call a professional.

Material needed:

  • Gravel and sand
  • Pvc glue and pvc piping and ends
  • String and pencil/paper
  • Tape measure
  • Paint brushes
  • Shovel, backhoe, surveying gear, measuring pole and stakes

Septic Tank How to Build a Septic Tank

Step One:

Once you have the proper permits from you local health and city authorities draw a beginning sketch of your complete property and give it to the local building and health officials. You will need their approval regarding test holes. Make sure that the sketch has all possible structures on the property, the numbers and locations of rooms, fences, transformers as well as geographical formations.

Step Two:

Dig your holes by following the instructions of the inspectors. You might want to consider having a professional help you with this. Allow the inspectors to check each hole once they are dug. And make sure to submit a soil sample for testing. They will determine the location of the tank and overall size. A black hole can be made with the use of the backhoe. Once the hole is complete, invite the inspectors out again for a look.

Step Three:

Now its time to place the stone and sand in the designated location. Follow your design plan as to tank drainage and distribution. The last step is to link the setup and the plumbing system of your home. Finally call the inspector for the last time to make sure everything is satisfactory and the paperwork is in order before you seal your pit

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