How to Build Stairs

When building additions to your home or tree fort, something you may want to create are stairs. They can be various sizes and types, made from concrete, iron wrought and wood. The stairs I will describe for you will be made of wood and very simple to make. Required Materials/Tools 2×6″ lumber 2×12″ lumber Framing square Carpentry level Masking tape Circular saw Hand saw Instructions There three basic parts to stairs: the riser, the stringer and the tread. The stringer supports the stairs. The tread is where you put your feet this will determine how wide the steps are. The risers are places against the tread and determine the distance between each step. For basic stairs of even steps, the risers and the tread can be uniform. You can make the risers smaller than the tread,...

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 Fountain

A fountain can turn a beautiful garden into a soft quiet retreat. The sound of lapping water that draws birds to drink can bring one’s soul at ease. Fountains are a great addition to any home and garden. They can be found outdoors, in the front lawn or in the backyard. Installing one can be tricky, but with a little ingenuity and some patience, you will have a beautiful work of art that will increase the value of your home, and bring a calm serenity to your yard. Required Materials 3 pottery jugs Water pump Sand Mortar Bricks Rubber lining (this needs to be specific for “ponds”) A copper support pipe Required Tools Shovel Electric drill Instructions We need to first dig a basin in the ground about 4x6ft. After the basin is dug, dig a round hole about 1ft deep and the...