DIY and Large Projects


DIY and Large Projects

This group contains instruction for items that do not necessarily fall under the subject of crafts, but are larger projects or things to do that are not considered crafts.

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Most posts are Native American based or themed.

This group contains instruction for items that do not necessarily fall under the subject of crafts, but are large projects not considered crafts.

All members are encouraged to submit projects.

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Comment by Chief Walks on December 13, 2019 at 11:08am

In warmer regions, rain barrels can be used all year long with little maintenance, but in cold climates, winter weather can spell trouble for even the sturdiest rain barrels. As ice expands, hoses split, barrels burst and water flow can be inhibited, causing damage to gutters or fascia.

Preparing a rain barrel for cold weather can help avoid costly expenses. Before freezing temperatures take their toll, taking measures to ensure your rain barrel is protected can save the hassle and expense of replacing parts or even the barrel itself once warm weather returns.

Consider these simple tips to make sure your rain barrel is winter-ready before the deep freeze sets in.

Drain rain barrel by opening all spigots. Once drained, turn the barrel upside down, if possible, to empty it completely. The average rain barrel weighs nearly 500 pounds when full and should be fully drained before attempting to move.

Remove hoses and rain spout diverter and leave faucets open. Hoses split easily in cold weather and should be stored out of the elements until temperatures remain consistently above freezing. Replace rain spout diverter with a flexible extension to redirect downspout away from the house to avoid potential damage to the foundation.

Clear debris from the barrel and the filter screen. An empty barrel is a good opportunity to clear out the muck that can lead to mold and fungus growth.

How to store. If space is available in the garage or basement, storing the barrel inside during winter months can protect it from incidental damage. If left outside, the barrel should be covered with a tarp or turned upside down to prevent water accumulation.

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Comment by Chief Walks on July 31, 2019 at 7:45am

Portable DIY Air Compressor
Rural ingenuity at its finest with a riding mower converted into a portable DIY air compressor.

“I can drive it around anywhere on my farm where I need air, or drive it onto a trailer and operate air tools away from home,” says Shane Myrick, Pleasanton, Kansas.

Myrick does custom welding out of his shop and uses an air storage tank to power all air tools inside the shop. “I can roll the self-propelled compressor outside the shop, start it up, and use it to fill the tank. The tank can hold enough air to run my air tools for two to three days,” says Myrick. “By moving the compressor outside, I don’t have to listen to it run or breathe diesel fumes as I work inside.”

He started with a Sears Craftsman riding mower equipped with a belt-driven transmission, and stripped it down to the frame, keeping the transmission, steering system, wheels, and axles. He remounted the steering wheel on the right side of the frame and mounted a small gearshift lever beside it. Then he attached a pulley to the starter motor off a Briggs & Stratton welder and bolted the motor under the frame. The push-button-operated, battery-powered motor is used to belt-drive the transmission. A metal rod runs from the motor to the transmission and is used to make the machine go forward or backward.

He bought a 2-cycle compressor powered by a 13-hp Kubota diesel engine and mounted them onto the frame, along with a hose reel.

“It works great and is easy to operate,” says Myrick. “I push the button on the starter motor to engage it and put the transmission in gear. Then I walk alongside the compressor, keeping my left hand on the steering wheel and my right hand on the button. When I let go of the button, the machine stops moving.”

Comment by Chief Walks on July 31, 2019 at 6:26am
Comment by ERIC SHARP on July 24, 2019 at 1:05pm
This is very helpful Thank you Brother Chief Walks
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