How to Build a Home Theater

It’s nice to watch football on a Sunday with a big entertainment center, surround sound, and a nice space to keep the DVD, DVD/VHS player and DVR. If you want to hook up and keep track of a lot of peripherals, you need the space and organization of a home theater and entertainment center. When you have finished, you will have a visual/audio experience that will make going to the movies a thing of the past! Required Materials Electronics of choice 2×4″ stock Sense wood stock (wider the better) 1″ high density plywood Foam Fabric Plush furniture Firm carpeting Carpentry glue Level Staples Screws Shelf pins Masking tape Tape measure Hammer Ram set for cement walls Drill with full drill-bit set Staple gun Paper/pencil Instructions Make the screen wall first. This will...

How to Build a Rammed Earth House

Everyone wants to save money. When deciding to build your own home, you could strongly consider a rammed earth house. This technology has been around for thousands of years. Some of the greatest lasting structures have been created using this technique, which is quite cost effective and environment friendly. Rammed earth homes have their outer walls made of condensed earth and clay. They are pounded or “rammed” down into a dense hard material. You can then stucco, paint it, or leave it natural.   Required Materials Low-grade brick-layering loam Rebar Cement Sand Water Rail ties Hand-pounder (mechanical vibrator if one of appropriate size can be found) Large saw Drill with bolt-removing bit Tape measure Pencil/paper Instructions You’ll first need to set up the site....

How to Build a Fire Escape

Escaping from a burning building is never going to be an easy task, even more so if you’re not on ground level, so building your own fire escape could be a life saver for loved ones, and gives great peace of mind that you’re more protected than just relying on a fire alarm. Making your own fire escape from lengths of rope and pieces of timber is very easy to do, although a little time consuming, and makes a great home DIY project. The fire escape requires a window that can be fully opened on a vertical hinge. Begin by measuring the height of the drop the fire escape needs to cover, then double this length, to take into consideration the knots that need to be tied. You’ll need two lengths of half inch three strand rope, one for each side of your ladder. Avoid rope that can...