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Japanese house # 9

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Yard work and the installation of a Japanese door intercom or door phone as they say. 20000 yen for the unit and its got a camera and night lights with a big color screen inside. 8000 yen more for the wire and stuff to install it. I cleared the overgrown front yard and then dug a ditch and ran the cables for the camera. I had my first experience working with Japanese PVC conduit and it was a breeze. These things are awesome! It will save a snapshot of the person who rang the doorbell when you are not home and it has led lights to illuminate the person at night. It has an adjustable camera and it can be integrated with your home phone and smoke detectors etc. With some units you can get an extra handset like a phone but it has a screen on it so you can carry it with you around the house and not miss a delivery or friend stopping by. Panasonic VL-SV31KL kit VL-MV30K video unit VL-V520L camera

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    How to build a Garden Tool Storage Bin for under $20 Holds 18 tools! Save Money and Room!

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

    Dad came up with a pretty good idea for storing all the garden tools he had floating around in his garage. First he purchased a used (empty) 50 gallon barrel from a local food processor for around . the barrel’s top is permanently sealed, but it has two large threaded holes in it. He cleaned out the residue from the original contents (molassas) using hot water and some dish soap. Using a 2 1/8″ hole saw, he drilled 14 more holes into the top (in addition to the two holes already in it) giving the top of the barrel a total of 16 useable holes. By pouring four gallons of 1.5″- round river rock through the 18 holes he gives the barrel enough weight and stability so that it won’t tip over with the tools in it, but still be easy to move around the garage. The only thing I didn’t show in the video was that I would drill some small drainage holes in the bottom of the barrel if I was going to store it outside. (This is why you want to use round river rock as it will not compact (like crushed rock) and will allow water drainage through the rock.) As long as the holes in the bottom of the barrel are smaller than the round rock it would allow water to drain, but not let the rocks fall out the bottom. Dad’s storing his tools inside so no need to drill drainage holes.

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      Building a raised garden bed with no tools – The M Brace

      Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

      www.OutdoorEssentialProducts.com Building a raised garden bed with The M Brace Raised bed gardening – Build a raised garden bed The M Brace is made of recycled metal and is available in nine distinct designs and in two finishes—unfinished steel and antique bronze. Unfinished steel braces are designed to rust beautifully over time, or can be sprayed with a rust-inhibitor or custom painted. The antique bronze brace is powder-coated for a long-lasting finish. Sold in sets of four, each M Brace measures 11″ x 13″, resulting in a raised garden bed that’s approximately 16″ tall. The M Brace system allows gardeners to create 12-foot-long planting beds using 2-inch-thick (1.5″ actual) lumber. The M Brace designs are solid, tendril, horizon, ridge, bamboo, sunshine, swirl, pebble and carrot. The M Brace will appeal to virtually anyone who is passionate about gardening, whether in rural or urban environments. It’s a unique and innovative product with a lot of potential for garden centers to offer and home gardeners to enjoy. Outdoor Essentials products are available through a network of lawn and garden retailers in the United States and Canada. Visit www.OutdoorEssentialProducts.com for complete information. Outdoor Essentials — Taking style outdoors Outdoor spaces are becoming preferred areas for family gatherings and simple relaxation. Outdoor Essentials understands how important a sanctuary is in today’s fast-paced world. Our line of elegant garden products lets you transform

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        Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas and Planning For a Very Small Garden

        Sunday, January 16th, 2011

        www.container-gardening-for-food.com Discussing and planning ways to getting the maximum yields of food from a tiny garden. Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas and Planning

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