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...

How to Read a Ruler

I know back in school, woodworks class to be more specific, measurements were the bane of my existence. I just wanted to cut things up and hammer, not really caring how they looked in the end. My woodworks teacher instilled long sessions drilling me on how to read a ruler and the golden rule of measurement: Measure twice, cut once. Required Materials 12-inch ruler Paper Pencil, pen, crayon or marker (some form of writing instrument) Instructions There are two sides to every story. Likewise, there are two sides to every ruler, the metric and the inch. The metric ruler is used all over the world and is the most uniform system of measurement. The inch is part of the English system of measurement (used only in the USA!) Inches Since I hold true to my American side, I will start with the English...

How to Convert Imperial to Metric

Wouldn’t life be more simple if every country used the same measurements? Unfortunately the US uses a different system from most other nations, and finding DIY plans or recipes that use imperial measurement means converting them to metric. The great news is that all measurements can be converted, usually without too much effort if we know the multiplier and have a calculator at hand. Basic measurements of distance, or weight, volume, even areas, they can all be converted easily by following these instructions. If sitting with a calculator and manually converting imperial to metric doesn’t appeal to you, it may be possible to find software you can download and install that will do the conversion for you. To convert distances, for example to convert measurement in inches, multiply...