Build a Man Cave Bar

Materials and Tools for a DIY Man Cave Bar

  • 4×4 wooden posts
  • (12) 2×4 wooden boards
  • Fiberboard
  • Framing Square
  • Circular saw
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Tape measure

Directions for a DIY Man Cave Bar

  1. Side Frame Construction: The two side panels of the bar will be constructed from two short and two long boards. Using a circular saw, cut four of the 2×4 wooden boards to a length of 42 inches. The, cut four more 2×4 wooden boards to a length of 15 inches. Place the shorter 15 inch boards inside the larger 42 inch boards to create a rectangular frame. Secure the boards together using nails.
  2. Front Frame Construction: Using a circular saw, cut two more of the 2×4 wooden boards to a length of 42 inches and another two 2×4 wooden boards to a length of 84 inches. Again, place the shorter 42 inch boards inside the larger 84 inch boards and secure them with nails to create rectangular frames.
  3. Cut and Prepare Side and Front Panels: Begin by measuring the dimensions of each side panel. Using a table saw cut a piece of fiberboard to cover each of the side panels. Then, measure and cut an additional piece of fiberboard to cover the front panel. Attach the fiberboard initially with wood glue, followed by nailing the pieces together.
  4. Bar Assembly: Using two 4×4 posts, connect the front panel to the two side panels. The posts should be cut to a length of 42 inches. Begin by positioning the first side panel and the front panel at a 45 degree angle with one of the posts. Toenail the post and panels together to form the corner of the bar. Repeat this process to attach the remaining side panel.
  5. Create and Install the Bar Top: Using the remaining fiberboard, cut a piece for the bar top that measures slightly larger than the dimensions of the bar itself. Using wood glue on the underside of the fiberboard, attached the board to the top of the bar frame and fasten to the side and front panels using nails.
  6. Paint and Decorate Your New Bar: Once the bar is constructed, it is time to decorate and paint it! Consider using your team’s colors and even incorporating other team memorabilia to make the overall Man Cave look inviting and cohesive.

 

Tips to Beat Summer Heat

  • Use fans. Even if your home is air conditioned turning on fans for ceiling fans will make your home feel cooler as the air circulates.
  • Keep plastic water bottles in the freezer. Then, just grab and go. As they thaw, you’ll have a cold, refreshing drink.
  • Hydrate, hydrate hydrate. Speaking of water, you can’t drink too much of it. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they promote dehydration. Stick to water or sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
  • Put your lotions in the frig. That’s right – think about storing lotions and cosmetic toners in the refrigerator. They’re perfect for hot, tired feet
  • Change you eating habits. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare and have small meals or snacks more frequently. Cool fruit should be a summer favorite. You’ll feel lighter and cooler and you don’t have to stand by a hot stove.
  • Cool your head to cool your body. If you’re outside exercising, take off your cap, put a little cold water in it and quickly invert it back on your head. Refreshing!
  • Be especially careful to guard babies and the elderly from overheating. They will dehydrate easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illness. Make sure they’re cool and comfortable.
  • Get your house ready for the summer. Clean blinds and shades and plan on using them. Keep your home a little dimmer and cooler. Have your air conditioning service done by a pro so you know it can keep up with the summer heat and you can avoid a breakdown on a hot summer day. Be sure to keep the A/C filters clean by changing them once a month so your air conditioning unit runs at its peak efficiency.

Unblock A Down-Pipe

So you finally decided that you will clean the guttering and unblock the down-pipes yourself. Then there’s a few things that you should really know before you undertake the task. When climbing ladders and working at heights it is important that safety is carefully taken into consideration. Always make sure that you wear enclosed footwear as this helps to prevent slips and falls. You should also look above when setting up or climbing a ladder to make sure there are no power lines or telephone cables that can cause a safety issue.

When you have take care of all the necessary safety and equipment requirements. Then you should start locating the down-pipes along your guttering system. Often a simple check and forcing the end of a garden hose into each down-pipe will sufficiently unblock them. You should also always get below each down-pipe with the hose running inside to make sure that water is flowing properly and all the way through.

If the down-pipes are really blocked up with dirt and other debris. Take the end of your hose and push it into the down-pipe as far as it will go. Move it around and try and get just under 1 Meter into the down-pipe. When you have pushed a sufficient amount of the hose into the down-pipe, you can turn on the water tap. Usually this will unblock most down-pipes.

Once you have unblocked and cleaned out your guttering system, then you can also look into further prevention. Many people install gutter guards and other guttering systems that help to prevent the gutters and down-pipes from getting blocked all the time. You can either buy a cheaper gutter guard from your local hardware store or pay a professional to install a higher quality gutter guard.

Crafting a Timber Gazebo

Flooring: For creating a floor for your gazebo you can either make a concrete mixture and fix tiles or lay wood on it, or simply use the land as a floor. Any of the floor designs will look beautiful.

For making a concrete floor, you need to clean and level the ground. Next, mix a basic mixture of concrete by following the instructions on the bag and lay it on the clean and flat ground.

Footing: For crafting a timber gazebo, a basic plan is needed. For an octagonal gazebo, get five equal length poles, 80″ or 85″ and then make an asterisk symbol in the middle of the floor and make sure they all intersect. Each of these posts should make a 45 degree angle. Now fix this together firmly and then mark the points made by the ends of your asterisk.

Posting: You should have a basic structure in place by now. Get eight poles of 14″ each. These should be of the same material, preferably wood and should be of the same width and shape. Now dig 2″ deep holes in the positions which you marked in the last step.

With the help of a friend, install these poles one by one in the holes and then fill them with concrete mixture and sand. Let these dry for a day or two.

Ceiling: After the concrete has dried, check whether all the posts are of similar length. Then to create the roof use 8 poles of 4×4 lumbers around 40″ in length. You need to nail these on the top of your structure. After nailing, fix it with metal strips to prevent movements in the structure. Secure all the posts tightly and cut any rough edges.

Bracing: To provide additional support to your gazebo you need to put braces on it. For bracing you’ll need 16 equal poles of cured wood. Nail them to the structural poles and the head beams, forming a trident like shape. Precaution should be taken to secure these firmly.

The Top: For crafting a timber gazebo according to this plan, you’ll need another set of 8 timber poles of around 74″ each and a small piece of wood to serve as the hub. Nail these poles to the hub maintaining a 45 degree angle.

You should have an octagonal cone like structure. Now with some help get this structure on the top of your fixed poles in such a way that every pole will coincide. Secure these poles. Alternatively you can fix each pole at one time and then finally nail them to the hub.

Roof: For this you need to measure the triangles created by each side of the octagon and then cut slightly larger plywood pieces. Fix these from the inside and shingle them and your gazebo is ready.

Install a Ceiling Fan

First things first, however, let’s cover some very basic ideas about ceiling fan installation before we delve more deeply into the instructions.

Before you do anything, you need to choose a location for the fan. Usually, people choose the center of the ceiling. They also often replace a light fixture. If you are installing a fan with NO light then you should be fine and the circuit will not overload. However, if you are installing a fan WITH lights, you must make sure that the circuit has enough capacity for the new load. If there is no current central light fixture then you will have to designate a place to hang the fan.

Next, measure the floor-to-ceiling distance then subtract the space which the fan will take up. 7 feet is general recommended but be sure to look in your local building codes and regulations. If your ceilings are going to be too low and they are creating an issue then you may want to consider getting a low-ceiling mount. That will help. Some fans come with blades that adjust quite a bit. (Note: 12 inches between the ceiling and the fan will allow for proper airflow but 18 inches is recommended and, if possible, best.)

Once you have done those two things, you are ready to mount your fan!

Mounting a Ceiling Fan

  1. Turn off the power source to avoid electrocution. This is very serious and should be done before any work begins.
  2. Determine the center by running a chalk line from one corner to the opposite corner. The point at which they intersect (remember: X marks the spot!) is the center.
  3. Adjust your location so that it matches the joists.
  4. Install the junction box. Cut a hole in the ceiling to make room for it.
  5. Mount the junction box to a beam.
  6. Assemble the fan (see below to learn how to do that).
  7. Install the hanger pipe.
  8. Wire the unit.
  9. Attach the fan blades to the unit.
  10. Electrically ground the fan.
  11. Attach to joists.
  12. Put on finishing touches. Install molding, etc.

Assembling the Fan

Assembly varies so you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you buy a Westinghouse ceiling fan, for example, then use their manual. The same goes if you buy a Minka-Aire ceiling fan or a Hunter ceiling fan. There is no general rule for your specific fan. One general tip is to install the blades before hanging the fan.

Organizing Homes to Minimize Clutter

Storing

Containers - it’s always a good idea to keep additional containers of various sizes handy. Minimizing a certain item total within the space allowed within a container is most recommended. Excess is usually the problem behind clutter and messiness. If an item gets too excessive then it may be a good idea to start considering replacing a few items.

De-clutter versus Clutter

You may ask, “it’s just so difficult to quit buying certain items, especially when they are on sale”.

You are absolutely right, once you’ve established a habit of buying something that you like, it can be quite difficult to quit buying it. And that’s a huge problem as to why a house can get so cluttered.

Well, the best solution to this is, “If you do not need it, do not buy it”. If you’re more serious about keeping your home free of clutter than cluttering it, then you will have to minimize your spending. If you fail to get a handle, sooner or later, the containers will become a problem themselves.

Managing Storage

Labels- labeling your containers will beat putting items in the wrong containers, digging through, throwing out unrelated items, getting confused and quitting the container system all together. Sticking to a labeling system, like, summer shirts in this container, winter pants in this one, superhero socks in this one, versus just throwing all excess [summer shirts, dinosaur shirt overload and American flag shirts] in one container; peanuts, gummies, cookies in their own individual containers; face creams, teeth care, hair care in their own containers, and the list goes on.

Research

When it comes to clothing and kitchen appliances/tools, we tend to keep buying, buying and buying, because either they look great and match with a set or because they are on sale. It’s a good idea to do your research before buying [consider the reviews completely] as items can appear to portray what you’re looking for, but you may soon find out - after buying - that they don’t quite serve the purpose that you’ve attended it to serve. Many of us just keep the items instead of returning them, which in turn creates unnecessary clutter.

Updating our Homes

Periodic Updates - going through your containers, cabinets, drawers and wherever else you store items on a regular basis [every 2- 4 weeks] will provide updates on the items that you use and do not use. Knowing this will help you decide if items are worth keeping or not and if you feel as though it’s time to throw an item out or take it to a Goodwill, by all means pack your vehicle and head on out. It is pointless to keep items that you have no use for, especially if you’re looking to keep your home de-cluttered and organized.

Managing our Shopping

A great way to prevent yourself from over-shopping is to:

Stick to a list - never deceive your list and go behind its back. Find out what you want and need before leaving the house and make a promise to yourself that you will not get enticed by the beauties of other items in which will surround you on this day of shopping. This is the perfect opportunity to check your containers, closets, drawers and cabinets for what space you have to add things.

Ways to Make Home Look More Expensive

  • Make a Big Statement. Large scale art adds a bit of theater to any room. Single large images, diptychs and triptychs all deliver big impact where-ever they are hung. High-resolution images can be printed at very large scale then cut appropriately and framed in pre-fabricated frames bought at Ikea. Your costs are very low and your decorating impact monumental.
  • Drama is King. Who wouldn’t love to wrap an entire room in expensive wall covering for that over-the-top-look? When budget won’t allow for the whole room, select one wall or one section (the back of a niche, or other architectural detail) and create a splash with the paper there. To expend the high-style look match the paint on the surrounding walls to that of the paper. You’ll be pleased how far the drama will go.
  • Find a Focus. Every room must have a focal point. Fireplaces are decorating gold for just this reason. They focus everything in the room. If you don’t have a fireplace you must create focus or direct attention to something else focus worthy (like a view). A great trick for creating immediate focus is a larger than life mirror, either hung or casually leaned against a wall. Hit up your favorite local retailers for gigantic framed mirrors and invest knowing you’ll get lots of bang for your decorating buck.
  • One High-Style Piece. If your budget prevents you from filling your room with high-style, designer pieces then snag one mind-blowing piece and spin the rest of the room around it. A dramatic cabinet, an unusual antique chair or a super-chic cocktail table can add all the punch needed even if the rest of the room does not carry the same decorating wattage. When this is the case it’s great to dress out the room in similar, neutral colors (tans, taupe and cream are great for this) to heighten the impact of your designer piece. And never pay full retail for that high-style piece. Check out eBay, CraigsList and floor sample sales at your favorite expensive shops. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!

Ways to Make a Homemade Air Conditioner

Method 1

The first method uses a cooler (Styrofoam or plastic) and requires you to drill a hole on the top of the cooler. You will need to outline the circumference of the fan with a marker, making sure to make it slightly smaller so that the fan can rest on the opening without falling into the cooler. Once this is done, you will need to drill another hole for ventilation. You can use a cut our dryer vent or an elbow PVC pipe for this. The vent hole needs to be wide enough to hold either of these in place.

The next step is to fill the cooler with ice. You can use regular ice or water frozen in a container. Water frozen in plastic water bottles works well. One you replace the top of the cooler, place the fan and the elbow pipe or dryer vent in their appropriate openings. After making sure they fit snugly, it’s time to start the fan. You should now be feeling a cold breeze coming from the opening.

Method 2

This method uses elements of the first, but instead of a cooler you use a 5 gallon bucket with a top. You will use 2 cut out 2 inch pipes (about 6 inches in length). You then outline the circumference of the pipes on the side of the bucket with a marker and cut out openings. Be sure to cut them out high enough so that the ice will have room.

You will then outline the fan on the top of the bucket and cut out a hole as well. The next step is to find a Styrofoam liner to hold the ice inside the cooler. Once you have all the materials in place, put the liner in the bucket, put the PVC pipes in their holes and add ice. Replace the top of the bucket and put the fan on it. Once everything is secure, turn on the fan and enjoy!

How to Hang a Door

  • Step One. Unscrew your old door. Take out the screws from the bottom hinge before the top hinge. Make sure the door is well-supported when you take the last screw out.
  • Step Two. Hold the new door in the doorway to see if it needs adjusting. If the old one was a good fit, lay the new one on top of it and use it to mark where to plane or cut. Take equal amounts of wood from the top and bottom. Use a hand or plane saw to trim excess wood. Afterwards, sand it smooth. Ideally, there should be a gap the thickness of a 2p piece between either side of the door and the top. Allow more at the bottom if you have a thick carpet.
  • Step Three. Check your new hinges against the old ones on the frame. If they don’t fit, rest them on the bottom of the hinge recess and mark along the top of the new hinge. Remove extra wood with a chisel and mallet. Check the new hinge sits flush to the frame. Screw both hinges to the door frame and open them. The edges of the hinges should stick out slightly from the frame edge. Prop the door in the door frame, resting it on wedges to get the correct gap at the bottom. With a pencil, mark where the top and bottom of the hinges should sit on the door.
  • Step Four. Unscrew the hinges from the door frame. Place them on the edge of your door and draw around them. Make a series of chisel cuts to the right depth and then cut out the wood to the marked lines. Use a bradawl smaller than the screw to make a starter hole. Fit the hinge in the recess and screw in place.
  • Step Five. With the door supported on wedges and at a right angle to the frame, fix the hinge flaps to the door frame. Use only one screw at first to allow you to make adjustments. Check the door opens and closes easily. If it does, you’re ready to fix the rest of the screws.

Ways to Make Decorative Concrete

Stamped concrete

This method makes your concrete look like it is made from stone or brick and many other products that include wood and fossils as well. Stamped concretes are greatly durable too and often cost less. You can give a natural design to your concrete floors by installing stamped concrete. Acid stains and dry shakes as well as powder releases are used for coloring and designs. However, the only downside is that you need to properly maintain the stamped concrete or the colors may gradually wear away over time.

Concrete dyes

If you want some amazing new designs and color compositions and textures, you need to use concrete dyes. Concrete dyes are a safe bet in both home and commercial concrete applications and can be used to color walls and bridges as well apart from floors. However, concrete dyes are not suitable for exterior use as on direct exposure to sunlight, the color begins to fade a little or lighten up.

Acid staining

While not a proper dyeing method, acid staining is a great way to color the concrete. Here, a chemical reaction between water and mineral salts is what causes the concrete to have a new earth tone. Water and mineral salts basically react with the lime in the concrete. This method ensures that each slab of concrete has a unique appearance.

Of course, there are plenty of other methods too that are employed to make decorative concrete. When choosing one, it all depends on the colors, textures and designs you need.