Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

by DIY Maven

created at: 09/26/2011

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost

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How To Build a River Rock Fountain

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 04/27/2010

Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you'll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can't beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Here's all you'll need to get started:

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How To: Use Air Conditioner Condensation to Water Plants.

by Chris Gardner

Condensation...it's everyone's first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.

So, what's a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.

From DIYNetwork: "No matter what kind of air conditioner you have, whole house or window box, it...

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How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

by Chris Gardner

Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,

chlorine, and some citric acid. So, create your own DIY solution that you can continue to use throughout multiple water changes. "Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water."

That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out the...

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How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

by Chris Gardner

Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.

  • Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
  • Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
  • Water your garden early
  • Clump...

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Quick and Easy Self-Watering Gardening Planters.

by Chris Gardner

Easy, convenient, and recycled. Why not make 'em by the dozens?

Materials

  • One or two quart milk jug
  • Scissors
  • Planting foam
  • Potting soil

1) Cut the milk jug in half, below the handle.

2) Press the top half of the jug into the foam, and then bend to break it off.

3)Place the top half in the bottom half, fill with soil, and polish up your green thumb.

For full instructions, visit Instructables.

   

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100 Ways to Save Water

by DIY Maven

Not surprisingly, the website Water Use it Wisely is all about water conservation. What is surprising is that it makes adopting a water management plan fun. You can simply click on the 100 water-saving tips page, or you might want to take a home water audit, then click on the monthly planner which offers a year full of conservation tips. Follow them all and by the end of 12 months, you'll be a water conservation expert. And just for the...

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Kyoeul Umbrella Stand Waters Your Plants.

by Chris Gardner

From Inhabitat:

"Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers a beautiful solution to the soggy umbrella dilemma, and allows you to turn that excess, unwanted rain water into nourishment for a plant! It’s a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist - watershed from your soaked...

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How To Add Flavor to Your Water with Natural Add-Ins.

by Chris Gardner

Almost a year ago, I asked Curbliers for their favorite DIY Flavored water recipes. A few days ago, money-management blog Wise Bread offered eight recipes to give your water a little extra zing on the cheap.

1. Salt – Adds electrolytes per those fancy, sugared up sports drinks.

2. Ginger - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a "zing" to your water.

3. Citrus – Freeze citrus zest within ice cubes.

4. Herbs - Mint, lemongrass, and...

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How to Refill a Brita Water Filter and Save $$$.

by Chris Gardner

You're supposed to drink at least 64 oz of water a day. Charcoal filtration systems help make sure your hydration is clean and cold. Replacement filters for these systems cost anywhere from six to fifteen dollars, but can be refilled by hand for around fifty cents.

Materials:

  • Filtration catridge
  • Activated carbon
  • Polyethylene plug
  • Xacto knife
  • 1/2 drill bit and dril

Read the full Instructable here.

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Toilet Tank Talk: How and why you should make a water displacer.

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/06/08

Statistics say that each person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons of water a day; 1/3 of that gets flushed down the toilet. Installing a water displacer inside your toilet tank will cut that figure substantially.  For instance, the Tank Bank, which is a plastic bladder you fill with water and hang inside your toilet, can cut that 1/3 by 20%. Why not just place a brick in your toilet tank? According to the manufacturer of the Tank Bank, bricks...

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sQuba: The First Underwater Car.

by Chris Gardner

"More than 30 years since Roger Moore's 007 put the idea into every guy's head, someone has finally replicated the underwater auto experience. Swiss design company Rinspeed has created the sQuba ($1.4 million), the world's first submersible car. Based on the Lotus Elise (it was a Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me), the all-electric convertible can drive you to the lake in style and then dive underwater to a depth of over 30 feet. The car's...

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DIY Sprinkler (Using Recycled Materials)!

by Chris Gardner

I recently was given several boxes of ball-point pens, so here's the first of several projects towards their re-use.

Materials:
    1 20oz plastic bottle with cap
    1 universal male hose attachment (about $1.25 at the hardware store)
    15 used ball point pens
    Plumbing contact adhesive and sealant (such as Plumbing Amazing Goop)
    Electric drill
    3/8” drill bit
5/8” (or other) spade bit
Calipers or measuring tape
Utility Knife

Total Cost: $4.49...

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How To Change Water in a Fish Tank.

by Chris Gardner

I've got tremendous allergies to furry things, so fish and lizards were my only pet option. When cleaning or changing water, I, out of ignorance, apparently made a few mistakes, and the next morning, my dander-less friends were often floating atop the tank.

I was asked to help clean and change the water of an aquarium at a nursery with which I am associated, so this time I decided to do it right!  I found these tips from EHow to be of most use.

Mat...

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