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How To Make The Mini Metal Foundry

Things aren’t always what they might appear to be.For example, this decorative houseplant you’re looking at, is actually an artfully disguised, metal melting furnace.In this project we’re using equal parts of sand and plaster, to make a simple backyard foundry, that’s powerful enough to melt scrap metal in seconds, but still pleasant enough keep around for decoration.Let’s start this project with a big bag of play sand, and some plaster of paris.Both of which you can find at your local hardware store, for under $20.We’re also gonna.

Need a 10 quart steel bucket, and a tablecloth to cover anything important, because chances are this is going to get a bit messy.I found that this 2.5 quart bucket can be used for measuring the ingredients, but it’ll also serves a more important purpose that you’ll see in just a second.Now the recipe i’m using for this makeshift refractory lining, is 134 buckets full 21 cups of plaster of paris, 134 buckets full 21 cups of sand.And 114 buckets, filled 15 cups with water.The moment the water touches the.

Dry mix, the clock starts ticking and we’ve only got about 15 minutes before it all hardens up.So let’s get busy mixing everything together.It’s really important to get all the dry powder wet, and work out any lumps as quickly as possible.And after mixing for a couple of minutes, it should be fairly runny, and roughly all the same color.Now when you’re convinced there aren’t any clumps of powder left in the bucket, the refractory mix is ready for pouring.So let’s carefully transfer it to the steel bucket as slowly as practical,.

To minimize the splattering.There should be just enough fluid to fill the bucket about 3 from the top, and now if we bring back our plastic measuring bucket, we can use it to form the center of the foundry.I filled my bucket with water, to give it a bit of weight, but anything like sand or rocks will work as well.And you can see that as we push the bucket into the center, the mixture rises upward, but it doesn’t spill out.Now it’s obvious that the mix is already starting to firm up, so let’s try working the bucket.

Up and down a few times, to help level it before it sets.And all we have to do now, is hold still for 2 to 3 minutes.This will give the plaster just enough time to harden, so the bucket stays in place,even when we let go.Alright, time for a little cleanup.Everything will still need about an hour to really harden up, but the plaster’s still soft enough that we can clean and shape it to look really good.And while we’re here we may as well wipe the bucket down as well.Now i’ve found that if we dampen a rag and.

Gently drag it around the top, the surface cleans up really nicely, and gets a cool texture in the process.When it looks the way you want it too, simply leave it for about an hour.Now while we’re waiting, why don’t we turn this old steel fire extinguisher, into a custom crucible.You can tell it’s made from steel because when we hold a magnet to it, it sticks.And magnets won’t do that to aluminum.I depressurized the tank and unscrewed the valve from the top, to make it safe and easy to cut in half with a hacksaw.

Which you can see just happened in less than a minute.Now the bottom part of the extinguisher is what we want for the crucible, because it’s basically a steel cup 3 in diameter, and 5 tall.That’s going to be perfect for our custom backyard foundry.At this point, the plaster should be pretty well set, so let’s dump the water from the bucket, then use something like a pair of channel locks, to grip one edge of the pail, and pull gently toward the center.Now if we grip it with both hands and give it a bit of a twist, you.

Can see the whole bucket pops loose, and pulls right out.This just created an amazingly smooth surface, which gives this makeshift foundry, a surprisingly professional look.The only features we’re missing now, are an air supply port, and a lid, so let’s make those next.Now i found a 138 35mm hole saw was the perfect size for accomodating this 1 steel tubing, and if we center the metal cutting blade with the top line on the bucket, we can carefully begin cutting through the metal wall.Once we’re through the metal,.

It’s easy to burrow down at about a 30 angle because the plaster hasn’t fully cured yet, and cuts away like butter.Now we have a tight, downward sloping hole, that the blower tube fits perfectly into, and it’s strategically placed, a few inches up from the bottom.This way, if a crucible fails, and dumps molten metal into the foundry, it will stay in the foundry, instead of dangerously flowing out of the pipe.Now the blower tube is really easy to make, and starts with a 1 steel pipe like this.This is the business end.

That’ll sit next to the hot coals in the foundry.We’re also going to need a 1 pvc coupling slip x fipt, as well as some 1 pvc pipe.You can see the threads on one half of the coupling screw onto the steel pipe, and the slip adaptor on the other end, simply pushes onto the pvc tube.It’s that easy.Now let’s go one step further and make a lid to help retain the heat.I got a couple of 4 ubolts from the hardware store and stood them upright in a 5 quart, bigmouth bucket, filled with a halfmeasure of our.

Insulating mix.10 cups plaster, 10 cups sand ,7 cups water.After an hour, you can see the plaster has set, and the whole thing pops free from the bucket, giving us a nice little custom lid for the foundry.It still needs a vent hole for relieving pressure buildup, and you could just form one when you’re casting it, or you could try drilling one with a 3 hole cutting saw like this.With the hole in the center, you can see we end up with a nice thick lid, that kind of looks like a giant white donut.This design works.

Great for venting pressure, and gives us the option to melt metal as well, without even having to take the lid off the furnace.Just for fun, i picked up a can of burnished amber spray paint, and gave the foundry a couple of coatings to make it look a little more attractive.If we get it fired up, you can see the mini foundry gets so hot on the inside, that it will melt soda cans within seconds and fill a crucible with liquid aluminum.Look for how to do that, in another project tutorial.With this homemade furnace, we have.

The power to liquify aluminum in the backyard, and cast just about any object we can think of.The best part is, when you’re not melting scrap metals, rather than taking up space and looking terrible, you can drop in a plant, and instantly transform it, into fashionable home decor.With this transforming flowerpot foundry, there’s certainly more than meets the eye.And by the way, if you run out of soda cans to melt, you could try using it as a blacksmithing forge, or even a bbq, for summertime grilling.After all, it is.

How to build a mini hoop house plant container

My name’s jeb and i’m going to show you how i built this neato! let’s take a quick look at our awesome design we have basically it’s a storage tote and on top of the tote there’s the lid and into the lid i’m going to drill two holes where i’ll put two net cups to hold the plants and then drilled into the tote and above the tote is a pvc frame which is going to hold up the agribon and there will also be a central support pole to help support the plants as well.

And lastly i’ll have a water level indicator i’m going to be using this for hydroponics, so just want to see if its running dry and this is what i’m going to be using of course, a longer pole this is schedule fourty pvc half inch, so it’s readily available and when i got these tubs i was hoping i could use this hole they have for the padlock you know just push a pole through it and that’s actually a half inch wide but half inch schedule 40 is half inch in the middle.

And the outside is somewhere between 78 and 1316 diameter so 78 is kind of a smooth, you know there’s a little give, so you can slide it in easily so i’m going to drill that with a spade bit and you could try to use part of the hole if you have a hole but i’m just going to put about right there and i just have a piece of scrap wood under here to help it drill this spade bit is designed for wood not for plastic but it seems like it cuts the holes pretty well.

Drilling so it takes a while because i’m not pushing too hard i want it to cut through the plastic you know it’s got these bits, it’s kind of designed to fit through wood so uh raindrops but the hole’s pretty clean and i’m now in my shed because it’s raining 85 degrees out here and it’s got to rain awesome! roger, you’re getting rained on! and here’s our holes one in each corner, nice and clean and the sky’s the limit! this is 10 foot schedule 40 and so i’m going to need to cut that.

The issue is how high, right so it could be as high as you want but i want to use one piece of agribon fabric which is 83 inches wide i don’t want any seams or that kind of thing so i’m going to cut these so that they make kind of an arch and i’ll have to do a little fancy math thunder i guess that’s thunder, ok alright, so we’ll go inside just a little because, you know does lightning like that ok, thunder seems to be done for now.

And the magic number is 49 inches i’ve marked it right here with a sharpie marker and i’ll let you know later how i got to arrive at that number and i’m going to use a ratcheting pvc tool to cut this, which gets you a nice clean cut this thing is, i dont know, 14 bucks at home depot and to cut pvc you know it cuts pretty easy you can use a saw you can use something like this on my first project i used garden clippers! and the cut was a little jagged, but it worked.

But you are going cut any pvc, get one of these it’s worth it to get a nice clean cut and the nice thing is you can just position it right over your mark ing and there’s our cut nice and clean so i just got to make 4 more of those and then this excess in the middle here’s our other mark this excess we can use to make the cross beams and things ok, so there we go, we got our four support pieces but we are going to need a hole in the center.

Because we are going to have a support piece go right through the center and that will help strengthen the center of course it will be longer than this, right it will be up here with the rest of them and also that will make it easier for taller plants they can be attached to climb up next to this center support so let’s drill that hole drilling and we don’t have a perfectly clean hole but click we should be able to clean that up clean it up with a knife.

And this would work a lot better if i had two hands free but what are you going to do alright perfecto! ok so i’m going to cut another piece clearly so here you can see the structure starting to come together and these side pieces are under some tension now you need to make sure they are socked on real tight i’m not gluing these, it hasn’t seemed necessary in the past yeah for that one but the thing i did find is the pipe has a there’s a force that wants to launch this thing.

Right up in the air and then there’s also the grip of the connector that keeps it in so you need make sure it’s pushed down real hard and you’ll find out, you know if not because the thing will fly up 10 feet in the air so this center pipe i have 48 inches long which is just a little too tall but i can cut off it’s easier to cut off a little bit than to make a new pipe and we’ll have a t connector this will have t connector on it.

Alright and we just need the missing pieces and then you can see this will have a little bit of arch too it but probably want to come down i don’t know, i’ll measure it start with an inch and cut two little pieces to go into the gaps here and our frame will be finished so there’s our completed frame and the center piece i just trimmed down until it just had a mild well it’s relatively level but i didn’t want it to sink here because in very wet weather.

I’ll put a tarp or clear plastic over this and i don’t want to have a, you know, spot for it to buckle or that kind of thing and it’s going to end up getting covered in agribon fabric here’s one that’s already covered so that’s the final result there so from here we’ll just we are going to drill some holes for the plants to come out of and of course the key for cutting plastic with a hole saw once you get to this point, it’s just bitten in.

And then i reverse the drill so you can get a nice smooth cut drilling and i can just clean that up with a knife so here it is with the holes drilled and if you wanted to you could just put some drainage holes in the bottom fill it up with soil and you’d have a nice little regular planter i’m going to use this for outdoor hydroponics so it’s going to be full of water and i’m going to put a fill hole i’m going to put that in about right there.

And that fill hole could be used if you were turning this into a wicking bed too so here it is, filled with nutrient solution the water level indicator is a bust clunk the pvc is just too heavy it doesn’t float so have to find something else to float in there i don’t know exactly what to use i don’t really want to use like a wooden dowel that’s going to soak up the stuff and be funky we’ll see, figure something out and this for kratky, if you are starting new plants.

I think you can see in this light you would want your water just to be a quarter inch up the net cup which for this is about 22 gallons i have in 20 gallons because i’m putting in mature transplants from my failed hoop house this isn’t agribon this is garden supply whatever from amazon and hopefully the agribon is more durable but i do have a broccoli that i want to transplant in here i’ll give you a peek of it so that’s mature so i want some airspace in there under the net cup.

And i’m going to get my agribon attached on here i’ll attach it like we attached this one and we’ll get our plants in and here’s the finished product you can see here how i attached it, i’m still figuring out the best way to attach this i have two of these bungee cords these are the adjustable ones from home depot and i’ve realized using this one over here the wind is strong enough, it will blow out right here in the center so i’ve just added a wide paper clip.

I’m hoping that doesn’t tear out right at the corners i wanted to avoid clips but we’ll see how it goes if anyone knows a better way how to attach agribon to something like that well, let me know and let’s take just a peek inside at the plants and here it is opened up we’ve got a lettuce that’s just trying to bolt it’s been super hot here and we’ve got a broccoli because why not we’ll have to see how this goes, we could always have bugs come in through these holes.

I may have to cover these up with just duct tape if bugs are getting in the tote was eight dollars that was the cheapest thing it’s about ten dollars worth of pvc bungee cords were four dollars the paper clips were a ripoff at target so those were $1.50 i’m sure you could get them cheaper at somewhere else nine feet of agribond $5.50, total cost was $29 but if it can keep the bugs off i can truly set it and forget it and just come back and harvest the food when it’s ready.

And usually i would have a lettuce in there for a tote of that large size but that’s what i happen to have you use this larger one, it’s a 27 gallon tote for kale, broccoli heck maybe someday cucumbers and tomatoes, we’ll find out and we’ll see if we can find a way to have a good float here i just want to know if the water level gets low so i came up with a solution well, i was recommended a solution for my float i got a wine cork.

And this is a bamboo skewer and then it’s just got some electrical tape so we have contrast and when it’s all the way down i shortened this guide pipe here when it’s all the way down the thing’s empty and right now we can see we got lots of water in the container so here’s the easy way to see how long your pipe needs to be, this pipe right here and all you need to know is, right how far below this area, how long is that going to be.

Based on how much gap you want right here so here i wanted eight inches so that i would have, you know, six or seven inches overlap and then eight inches plus half of the width of the fabric which is 83 inches so 83 inches cut out an inch because you’ve got this top piece so that’s 82 inches that means this length here is 41 to there plus eight 49 inches so clearly if you don’t have your thing built yet you just need to the math in your head.

Super High Spec Professionally Built Tiny House Moved In

La dernire fois que j’ai visit cette incroyable tiny house mini maison elle tait toujours dans l’atelier de jeff hobbs aujourd’hui je suis venu voir o cette tiny house a trouv son domicile, je rends visite sa propritaire briar et nous verrons comment elle vit avec le strict minimum bonjour briar bonjour comment vastu heureuse de te voir.C’est fantastique de voir la maison dans ce nouvelle android merci ! je l’adore, oui, c’est gnial avant tout, comment astu trouv ce terrain c’est l’endroit parfait pour une tiny house mini maison.

Et bien, j’ai simplement fait mes recherches pour des sections et j’ai trouv ici.Oui, je suis ici, environ 9 mois aprs l’avoir trouv et en plus, tu es sur cette proprit avec tes parents, n’estce pas oui, et avec la famille de mon frre.Nous sommes trois diffrents propritaires nous sparons la proprit en trois parties c’est fantastique, n’estce pas car si tu arrives vivre ainsi avec des membres de ta famille ca rend le projet tellement plus rentable oui, et ils n’avaient pas besoin de ce lot en entier, donc c’est trs pratique pour eux et aussi pour moi.

Je suis celle qui prend soin du terrain et c’est aussi gnial de partager l’espace avec sa famille entrez ! voyons a cet endroit est rellement transform, n’est pas oui c’est tout ce que je cherchais je voulais des endroits pour ranger mes objets c’tait un plaisir d’ajouter les rideaux, et le reste cette tagre est trs charmante oui j’ai mis ma touche ici, dans la cuisine et dans la salle de bain ca me permet d’avoir quelques rangements suplmentaires et je vois que tu as russit ajouter ton tourne disque aussi.

Oui, le tourne disque et dans le bureau parce que je n’ai plus tant de travail que a faire et j’aime beaucoup cette astuce.Tu as ajout une barre mtalique et a doit srement t’aider descendre les escaliers en te protgeant du feu ca doit srement t’aider aussi accder la mezzanine oui, a m’aide srtout descendre et cela m’a dj viter des brlures en hivers quand le descendais et je peux aussi scher des vtements en hivers quand le feu est allum et oui, c’est une faon trs facile d’utiliser un tuyau.

Et comment te trouvestu dans la cuisine je l’adore, oui.J’ai beaucoup d’espace et je commence me sentir chez moi.Et je penses que le bois recycl sur le plan de travail rend l’espace magnifique je l’adore.Et je ne cuisine pas de grand rtis de dinde chaque semaine, tu sais mais je ne l’aurais pas fait de toute faon, donc, oui, c’est assez grand pour moi une des premires choses que j’ai remarqu quand j’ai fait le tour la premire fois c’tait l’vier.Ah oui c’est une chouette astuce.Dis m’en un peu plus.

Je l’ai fait en argile, je l’ai cuit.Et a l’a renforc j’ai ador le faire moi mme mme si j’ai fait construire cette maison, c’est chouette de pouvoir fabriquer quelques objets soitmme ca ajoute ma touche personnelle et dans la salle de bain comment t’en sorttu avec les toilettes au compost ho, no, c’est trs chouette en fait.J’utilise une essence qui sens bon.Je n’ai aucune odeur et oui, il faut juste s’habituer ne plus tirer la chasse d’eau, mais a fonctionne trs bien et j’ai aussi ajout un rideau de douche.

Oui car l’eau sortait trop de la douche, donc oui.Et dans la mezzanine comment t’y senstu c’est un superbe espace la haut, n’estce pas oui ! bon c’est positionn diffremment de la dernire fois que tu es venu et il fait assez chaud dernirement.Mais les deux fentres et le velux aident faire circuler l’air.Donc c’est vraiment frais et ar.Et j’adore y dormir.Oui alors, comment en estu arrive la dcision de construire une tiny house j’avais un emprunt logement et je cherchais une maison acheter auckland.

Et j’ai regard quelques opportunits, mais je n’tais vraiment pas convaincue tu sais, une clibataire avec mon revenu, et je ne sais pas avoir un crdit pendant 30 ans, et avoir besoin de l’aide de mes parents pour acheter quelquechose qui n’est pas vraiment comme moi , a semblait pas tre une bonne dcision pour moi.Et je penses que parce que beaucoup de mes amis, dans la phase d’acheter une maison je suis dj fatigue de l’ide.Tu sais.Tre propritaire et avoir un gros crdit,.J’essaie de sortir de cette brume.Mon frre m’a dit ho, ta philosophie va trs bien avec ce mode de vie tony house.

Et je penses que je n’tais pas trop dans l ‘ide de devenir un modle, tu sais j’ai construit la tiny house avec des palettes pour 5 000 $ comme un palace donc j’ai plutt cherch quelquechose qui me reprsentais vraiment donc videment je ne peux pas construire une norme maison design, maintenant.Et je n’ai pas besoin de tout cet espace.Donc une tiny house est un moyen de vivre une belle vie, en accord avec mes valeurs et aussi tre tellement plus dans mes moyens oui, donc l’ide est venue comme a.

quand on a parl jeff du cot de la structure, il a parl de 77 000 us dollar et je penses que beaucoup de personnes ici essaient de savoir combien cote une tiny house et je penses qu’ils ont un choc quand ils constatent qu’une tiny house a un prix qui augmente un peu que diraistu ces personnes qui pensent que dpenser 77 000 usd c’est trop pour une tiny house j’ai choisis de dpenser plus, car c’tais vraiement important pour moi d’avoir une maison en bois naturel.

Avec du matriel recycl et qui durera 100 ans ce sont mes valeurs.Donc tu peux mettre tes valeurs dans la tiny house de ton choix ce style de vie te permet d’avoir une maison si particulire, et c’est ce qui fonctionne pour moi c’est vident quel point tu es heureuse ici c’est un rel plaisir de te voir merci de m’avoir montr tout a la premire fois que j’ai visit cette mini maison, c’tait un modle de design et d’ingnuosit mais la revisiter cette foisci je peux rellement voir comment briar a transform l’espace en maison.

Soda Bottle Watering System For Growing Plants In Containers

We grow peppers and eggplant in these half barrels and it works really well except in the summer when it gets hot and dry.It takes a long time if you’re running a sprinkler to get these things to get enough water and because i drilled drainage holes in the bottom, i should have what time about 4 inches from the bottom on the side of barrel, i’ve mentioned that before.So i was looking different watering systems and donald over on webcajun did a tutorial on how he waters his plants using a piece of pvc pipe and he mentioned he got the idea from a guy.

Named jeff over at bologna ringranch and i watched both tutorials and this is my version for watering these half barrels.First remove the cap from a 2 liter soda bottle then take a flat screwdriver and stick under the collar that remains on the bottleneck and twist it till it snaps off.Then take the soda bottle stick it upside down in a vice and take a 2 inch hole saw and cut a hole in the bottom, start with the side going forward until the drill bit goes through the.

Bottle and then put it in reverse to finish the hole.Take some 1 inch pvc and cut it into 12 inch long pieces, stick one end of it in the vice, then take a heat gun and shoot it down through the center of the pipe.I’m going to let the tutorial run here in full time because it doesn’t take that long to soften the pipe, just so you get an idea of how long it takes to soften the pipe with the heat gun on high.When the.

Pipe is soft enough use two hands push down firmly on the bottle and screw the bottle into the pipe until the whole neck of the bottle is seated in the pipe and then let it cool.You can’t push on the bottle to put these into the dirt it will either crush the bottle or separate it from the pipe so take another piece of pipe make a hole part of the distance you want the thing in the dirt, if you want it 9 inches on the ground push a piece of.

Pipe 6 inches into the ground first then insert the bottle and take the other piece of pipe slide it inside the bottle and use that to push it 3 more inches into the dirt and then fill it with water.The first time i used them about a third to about a quarter of the water drained out between a half an hour and an hour it took over night for the rest of the water to drain out of the bottles.I don’t know how they’d work just stuck into the ground in a regular garden but it might.

10 Unbelievable Underground Homes

from something out of the teletubbies to a former missile silo, we count ten unbelievable underground homes! 10 malator, considered one of wales’ architectural masterpieces, malator is a property in druidstone that was literally built into the side of a hill.Locals call it the teletubby house’ because its turf roof and peephole doorway make it look like the home from the lcdinspired kids’ show.Interestingly, the home has just one fishbowlstyle room that’s sectioned off with different coloured pods.Its sweeping coastal views are inviting and its underground nature protect.

It from crappy welsh weather.9 bolton eco house, in 2010, former manchester united captain gary neville made plans to build an ecofriendly underground home in the british suburb of bolton.The millionaire football star wanted an 8,000squarefoot, fourbedroom home that would blend seamlessly into the surrounding hillside.Natural light would pour in through huge petalshaped glass openings and everything would be powered by a bonoapproved wind turbine.The lavish home was constructed but, but gary’s plan to build an elaborate wind turbine was thwarted when his neighbours complained.Not wanting to cause a feud, he aborted the.

Turbine project in 2012.8 edgeland house, located in austin, texas, the unusuallooking edgeland house is considered a modern reinterpretation of a traditional native american pit home.Its organiclooking roof is covered with native grasses and wildflowers, meaning they probably have to mow their roof every sunday! for contrast, the rest of the home has sharp angles and an ultramodern veneer.The home is designed to be energy efficient, making it an ideal underground lair for any evil geniuses who like to tend flowers.7 kandovan cave dwellings,.

although it’s mostly known for war and civil unrest, the middle east has some of the most breathtaking homes in the world.Located at the base of iran’s mt.Sahand, the kandovan caves have hidden 700yearold dwellings that were carved out of natural rock formations.Although they’re centuries old, these subterranean apartments have all been updated and include all of the modern comforts of home.Enjoy living inside a piece of history without sacrificing wifi.6 festus cave house, tucked into a sandstone cave in festus,.

Missouri, this 15,000squarefoot home has an unusual history.Beginning as a working mine, it was purchased by a new owner in the 1950s and transformed into a roller rink and concert venue.Unfortunately, this period was shortlived because most concertgoers prefer venues that don’t have terrible acoustics and stifling humidity.The structure was later sold in an ebay auction, of all things.Its new owners, curt and deborah sleeper, installed modern interiors while honouring the original sandstone walls.Thanks to geothermal heating and smart design, stay cool all year ’round without the need.

For air conditioning or a furnace.5 vals hillside home, tucked into the hillside to protect it during long winters, this hardtospot swiss home is perfect for secret getaways.Designed by famed architects search and christian mller, vals hillside home is an opulent underground pad that respects the surrounding ambience while managing to look like something from an ikea catalogue.Its large windows reflect the stunning alpine vistas and if for some crazy reason visitors feel like stepping outside, the area’s also home to worldfamous thermal baths.

4 sedum house, known to its friends as the house of the future’, this north norfolk home attracts so much sunlight i’m surprised it doesn’t know solar beam.Its upper level is bordered with glass windows, even though most of its rooms are located underground.As with many of the entries on this list, sedum house is extremely ecofriendly, with insulated shuttering, a geothermal heat pump and a unique system for harvesting rain water.3 aloni house, found on greece’s rugged antiparos island, aloni house is a unique rectangular structure.

Built between the slopes of two adjacent hillsides.Its simple boxy design incorporates traditional greek design elements and would appeal to anyone who hates curved edges or enjoys touring their local box factory.Visitors will only be able to see this halfburied house if they’re standing in the centre viewing point.From any other angle it resembles a decrepit ruin or blends into the surrounding desert.2 hacienda de la paz, on the surface, hacienda de la paz looks like your average californian mcmansion.But hidden beneath its surface lies a secret!.

No, it’s not a basement full of corpses it’s five underground levels of lavish living space.Wealthy shrimp importer john z.Blazevich built this unique underground home after local laws prohibited him from going forward with his original design a supertall multilevel monstrosity.Working with famed spanish curator rafael manzano martos, blazevich’s design for hacienda de la paz included an underground tennis court, a 10,000squarefoot turkish bath, a ballroom, nine bedrooms, twentyfive bathrooms in case all your guests need to go at one, multiple secret passages and pine flooring constructed from trees that fell hundreds of years earlier.

It sold for a whopping $53 million.1 subterra castle, this underground home was once an atlas missile base before it was flooded with over a million gallons of water.Looking at it now, it’s hard to believe this fourbedroom slice of domestic bliss once housed an intercontinental ballistic missile.Talk about a fixerupper.Eccentric renovators edward and dianna peden have worked hard to convert the space into something that promotes peace.The missile control centre is now their living room, and other rooms contain drums and a stage, a hot tub and sauna, and even a ceremonial stone.

Create Container Water Fountains

Do you love the soothing sights and sounds of gurgling water create a small water feature for your patio.All you need is a container fountain kit, a water type container, and a few water living plants.Step 1 select a suitable container.This 7 inch deep by 24 inch diameter bowl is a great size.Make sure the container you pick doesn’t have drainage holes.It also should be deep enough to keep a small pump submerged in water.Step 2 place the bowl on your patio or at the edge of the garden close to an outdoor outlet.You’ll.

Need a nearby powers source for the fountain pump.Surrounding plants will help conceal the power cord.Step 3 place the pump near the center of the bowl and then fill the bowl with fresh water.Plug in the pump and find your favorite water pattern.We like the bell effect.Next, add water plants.For this water garden, we selected water lettuce and baby unk dwarf cypress.Decorative stones will help keep soil from splashing out of the pot.The cypress needs soil for growth so keep it in its pot and set it, pot and all, in.

Silo House NC Now UNCTV

Gtgt travelers on this robeson county road have a surprise in store when they drive by the home of pamela darencis, located just south of pembroke.She’s building a house out of a 14,000 bushel grain silo.Gtgt it is 18 feet high, approximately.And that’s, uh, not counting the roof.And, uh, it is 30 square feet in diameter, round.So it is approximately 1200 square feet of housing space.Gtgt it’s one of very few silo homes in the entire country and the first one in robeson county.When she retired from her career with the federal government a.

Few years ago, pam moved back home to pembroke.After seeing a story about silo homes on tv, she decided to try and build one herself, but it was a challenge because there weren’t any guidelines or blueprints to follow.Gtgt i just figured it out as i went along.No, there were no plans.Um, the only thing was looking online.Uh, trying to figure out, uh, you know, what the other ones had done.Gtgt with the help of two neighbors who are builders, pam designed the home she wanted.

The top priority was to make it selfsustaining.Gtgt renewable energy is my thing.I worked at department of energy for nine years, and in renewable energy and environmental, uh, management.So, uh, i wanted, um, as natural as i could even though i did use insulation.I don’t like that kind of insulation, but i used it.Instead of sheetrock, i used cypress, cypress trees.So the cypress that you see on the inside is cut to a half an inch so it can be pliable and bend.There’s probably, i guess, probably over 200 more pieces.

Of cypress in there for the upstairs and the downstairs.Gtgt those trees came from the lumbee river area in robeson county, and most materials in the house were bought or found locally, then repurposed.For example, this satellite dish sits atop logs cut from local trees and covers the entrance to the house.Numerous renewable energy features are also present.Gtgt there is the wind turbine, small wind turbine, which is a backup to the solar.I have the very basic solar, which is enough to run a television, two fans, a small refrigerator.

My stove is wood so i don’t need that.So i can run three or four things consecutively at one time with this basic system.I have a gray water system, which is the water that i use like, you know, bathing or, you know, washing dishes, goes into a two barrels that are on the side of the grain bin, and i can take and use that water to water my garden.Gtgt the house also has an antique wood burning stove for cooking and heating.In the bathroom, a metal horse trough serves as the bathtub.

And the toilet is selfcomposting.Pam’s goal is for her home to be totally selfsufficient.And even though the structure may have the appearance of a giant tin can, pam says it’s rock solid.Gtgt the cement foundation is over 12 inches deep and thick, the thickness of it.It is bolted down.The structure is very sound.It’s been inspected.My neighbor across the street said an elephant could go up the stairs, you know, it is that sturdy.Gtgt along with using local materials to build the house, pam has filled it with interesting objects and.

Native american art.Many of the pieces inside her home were made by local artist karen coronado.On the day we visited, karen was teaching a gourd painting class.Gtgt these are just simple craft paints you can buy at any craft store.Gtgt so is gourd painting a traditional art form for a lot of different native american tribes, or is it primarily lumbee gtgt i don’t know.Gtgt all across the board, hmm gtgt it’s worldwide.Gtgt classes like this demonstrate pam’s desire to use her home as a place to share native american art and her lumbee.

Indian culture.She also wants to use her silo house as a reallife classroom to educate young people in the area about energy and the environment.Gtgt it’s something that i want to share with them and hope to for them to pick it up and be interested in you know, in the environment, in the climate, in keeping their their neighborhoods, they’re clean and just showing them how important it is, how we all live in this this world together, and we’re dependent on one another.

Gtgt after one year of planning and construction, pam’s silo home is nearly complete.Including all of the renewable energy features, her total cost for this house will be about $55,000, considerably less than a traditional home of similar size.And while it’s rewarding for her to see the tangible result of her work and efforts, the permanence of this unique home also reflects pam’s return to her roots.Gtgt this is, you know this is our home, um.This is where my family, my relatives, are here.My my ancestors are here, you know.

Container Gardening Top Tips for Success

Music container gardening is becoming more and more popular as people appreciate the flexibility and extra growing space it provides.It’s not just about flowers either you can grow your own tasty produce right outside your door and many speciallyadapted plant varieties are now available.But growing in containers does come with its own special challenges and if you want to succeed it’s important to plan ahead.Let us take you through the essentials.Where to site your containers is the first thing you need to consider.Most vegetable plants like lots of sun, so it’s important to choose a place.

Which will provide 6 hours or more of direct light south or west facing locations are the best.Placing them as close to your house as you can will mean you have easy access to your plants great for harvesting and easy for you to take care of them.Choose a sheltered spot for your pots so your plants are kept out of cold, drying winds.Walls, fences hedges are good locations, or try to screen the pots.Using your window ledges and balconies is a great way to get started if you don’t have a garden.

But make sure your pots are properly secured to prevent them from blowing off when the weather gets windy.Watering is the number one priority for containers as the plants won’t have access to moisture below ground.On a hot sunny day they can dry out within hours and plants might not recover from serious wilting.On hot days giving plants a thorough watering in the early morning and evening will be required, making sure that you don’t just wet the surface, but allow it to soak down to the roots.

For added convenience, drip irrigation can be installed particularly useful if you’ll be away from home during part of the summer.Containers come in all shapes, sizes colors and materials.Plastic and wood are tried and tested materials, but you can unleash your creativity just make sure they are clean and won’t leach harmful chemicals.Large pots can also be used to grow plants that aren’t native to your area for example they can be filled with an ericaceous soil for blueberries, which like acidic conditions.And for heat loving plants such as dwarf citrus trees,.

Containers enable the plans to be moved to a warm conservatory or greenhouse during winter months, protecting them from the worst of the winter weather.There are plenty of options available for using vertical space too, and if you have a warm sunny wall which absorbs heat during the day this will radiate the warmth during the night, protecting the plants from cold snaps.It’s essential to provide good drainage.Plants are easily killed if their roots are waterlogged.Make sure there are adequate drainage holes and that they’re free from dirt or blockages.

Adding a shallow layer of stones or broken pottery to the base of the pot often helps to improve drainage.The aim is to cover the drainage hole so the soil doesn’t leak out while still providing gaps for excess water to drain through.Fill the container with a purchased potting soil or your own homemade compost.Don’t use soil from your garden, as this is likely to be heavy and to contain weeds and soilborne pests.Using a lightweight and moistureretentive mix is the best for containers, and it will need topping up each season to replenish nutrients which have been used up.

Which container is best to use will depend on what sort of crops you are growing, so let’s take a look at some of the best veggies to grow in containers.It doesn’t get any easier than growing salad leaves.They only need a shallow container a few inches deep.If summers are hot in your location, choose an area that gets morning sunshine and afternoon shade to avoid the plants bolting running to seed before they’re ready for harvest.Cutandcomeagain type salad leaves often come in packets with several different varieties,.

Providing an exciting mix of leaves that will only take weeks to grow.Tomatoes can be grown in several different types of containers, but they’ll need plenty of soil to supply the nutrients they need right up to harvest.Many varieties, such as tumbling tom, can be grown in hanging baskets, and look great as they trail towards the floor.Other varieties can be grown in grow bags or soil bags, or you can use large pots at least 10 inches in diameter.Make sure you use a stake and tie the plants to it to keep them upright.

Tomatoes are very thirsty so will need lots of water at least twice a day in hot weather.Potatoes can be grown in large pots, or bags and sacks designed specifically for the job.The seed potatoes are layered with potting mix and left in a sunny spot, watering as required.As they grow you can layer more soil around the stem of the shoots, gradually building it up over a few weeks until the top of the container is reached.Many other vegetables, herbs and edible flowers can be grown in pots.

Take a look at our extensive grow guides for more information.Our garden planner has a range of specially designed garden objects to make planning and managing your container gardening easy.Starting with the basic outline of your garden, balcony or patio, you can then view garden objects in the selection bar.Once to pick one up, move to where you want to place it, and click to place, rotating or resizing if required.As you add the different containers that you’ll use to your plan make sure you leave enough space so you can water and harvest.

The parts list will provide a useful summary of all the containers and other objects, such as drip irrigation, for the plan.Adding plants is as simple as clicking to place them in the relevant containers with the coloured area around each plant indicating how much soil space the roots require.For example, we can easily see how many tomatoes will fit into this grow bag and hanging baskets.Add potatoes into the potato sacks, and choose which salad leaves to include in the grow frame.The plant list then shows you a complete summary of what you were growing.

Including when to plant seeds indoors and outdoors, and when you can expect the harvest, specific to your location.Twice a month you’ll also receive email reminders so you know what jobs need doing and when.Gardening in containers is an easy way of growing your own and you can expand with more containers to fill the space you have.Whether you have one simple pot for herbs, or a mini farm full of plants, its easy to get hooked on the taste of growing your own fresh produce and the convenience of having it right outside your back door.

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