Category Archives: RANDOM

Metal Bed Frame Child Protector from Scraps

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If you have a bed, most likely it has some sort of frame that it sits on. Why society has decided this is the right way to do things, rather than simply putting mattresses on the floor is anyone’s guess (or a simple search I’m sure). My guess is that it’s to deter bugs or other pests from crawling into bed with you.

Our bed sits on a metal frame that formerly had plastic covers on it to protect the sharp edges. At some point one of these covers fell off and was forgotten about until a toddler (AKA, my son) started bouncing around in our house. Although covered by a useless invention called a “dust ruffle,” it seemed like something he would eventually run into if not child-proofed.

So, using my new SKIL bandsaw (Amazon) (so useful for little stuff – it really should have been one of my first tools) I cut up a plastic container, melted it with a propane torch, and attached it to the bed with a zip-tie after poking a hole in it with my Leatherman knife. Pretty simple, but I’m generally happy with the results. Check out the slideshow below to see how it was made: Read more »

The DIY Fabnik Wallet Kit


After a short interview for a article, they guys at Fabnik offered to send me one of their wallets to try out. Not being one to turn down free stuff, and realizing that my wallet was somewhat worn, I accepted their offer*, choosing their thin wallet kit.

It was fun to make, and turned out nicely, as seen in the picture above. The orange stitching looks nice (for a Clemson grad), although the holes for it were a little tight. I had to use pliers to get the needles through. The Fabnik crew says that they are working on this, and I would suspect that as this design evolves, it will get even better!

I documented my build in the time lapse and have a few more comments on it after the “read more” link, so be sure to read on for more! Read more »

A Leaky Sink and the Economics of Fixing Things Yourself

leaky sink

Water can be seen dripping down the U-shaped pipe section

Saving Money Fixing a Leaky Sink

Yesterday I replaced a fitting that was leaking under the sink.  Including driving to the hardware store, it took about an hour, and cost around four dollars.  Add in, say, $2.00 in gas/wear on my truck, and you’ve got a total cost of $6.00.  A quick search reveals that the average cost to hire a plumber is $350, and the minimum is $100.  I definitely don’t think it was a $350 job, so let’s say it would have cost $100.  So I saved $94, and learned something.

You Save A Lot More Money than You Think

You could say that I got paid $94 per hour for this job, but this wouldn’t quite be accurate, since Read more »