Video: HOWTO make waterproof sand at home

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YouTuber IncredibleScience has a great at-home science project that's kid-friendly: making waterproof sand. Read the rest

WATCH: 8 great DIY smartphone photography tips

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Cooperative of Photography released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap. Read the rest

WATCH: Emergency moth surgery

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YouTuber Eric Nordrum found a beautiful cecropia moth being attacked by a robin, then used online instructions to repair the moth's damaged wing before releasing it. Read the rest

Sparkle Labs' Amy Parness on "pink girly engineering kits"

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I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with "pink girly engineering kits." From Medium: Read the rest

Geek out with this nerdy DIY soap

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Looking for a fun, geeky DIY project to smarten your favorite sink? How about some colorful Thing, Batman, Tardis and Hans Solo soaps? Inspired by their nerdy collection of ice cube trays, the folks at PopSugar show us how to make quick and easy soaps with microwaveable soap base. The only catch is whether or not your ice cube trays are worthy enough.

You can get lots of SF-themed molds on Amazon: Tardis and Daleks Han Solo Marvel Comics Superheroes Batman

Here are the ingredients: 2 pounds of soap base Liquid soap colors Read the rest

20 secret doors and sneaky hiding places you can make yourself

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From entire rooms to pocket-sized items, anything can be hidden in plain sight. All it takes is some imagination – and the right tools. Here are 20 cool stash-hiding projects, from small hidden spaces inside of playing cards, books, and the outdoor siding of your house, to large areas masked by bookshelves, drawers and cabinetry. Read the rest

Official case for your Raspberry Pi

For three years, makers have hacked together some terrific and janky DIY Raspberry Pi cases (like these). Finally, Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have produced their own official Raspberry Pi case. Read the rest

Man builds impressively dangerous laser shotgun

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This fellow made a 40W laser shotgun that is quite powerful and, yes, ridiculously dangerous. Read the rest

Watch: 40 watt “LASER SHOTGUN!!!!!”

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The all-caps and the exclamation points are mandatory. Read the rest

DIY: 20 easy ways to hack and improve your garden

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Use a punctured water bottle to hydrate plants more efficiently. Turn a kids toy truck into a succulent planter. Spray paint chicken wire and then mold it into striking backyard decorations. With summer just weeks away, here are 20 visual ideas that will get you outdoors this weekend while creating a more efficient and beautiful garden. Read the rest

How to collect rainwater for gardening

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"Easier than it sounds," writes Old World Gardens. You'll need a barrel, a junction for your downspout, and some elbow grease. [via] Read the rest

Blocked Italian toilet leads to thousands of years of buried history

A restaurateur in Lecce, Italy dug up the plumbing for his perennially blocked toilets and discovered thousands of years' worth of tunnels beneath the building, including a Messapian tomb. Read the rest

35 Secret hiding places in your home

Ordinarily, the folks over at Family Handyman Magazine are a straight-laced bunch, but their slideshow 20 Secret Hiding Places shows that their practical creativity might be hiding something, such as fat stacks of cash. Read the rest

Just look at these spooky banana ghosts

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Just look at 'em with their evil chocolate chip eyes. Part of Let's Go Chipper's series on healthy Halloween snacks in the run-up to Saint Beetus Day. Also: Read the rest

Video: maker of incredible working model engines

Retired naval mechanic José Manuel Hermo Barreiro makes incredibly intricate models of engines like the V-12. (via Devour) Read the rest

Video: turning plastic bottles into string

Demonstration of a DIY device to turn plastic bottles into plastic string/ribbon. (Thanks, Rick "Under The Weather" Pescovitz!) Read the rest

Kegging improved my homebrewing experience

These 2.5 gallon ball lock kegs have reinvigorated my homebrewing hobby. I now have 6 of them in rotation and bottling is no longer a giant, messy pain.

The upsides to kegging, for me, are myriad. No more clumsy bottle filler. No more sanitizing cases of empty glass bottles. No more stinky, sticky bug filled bottle collection waiting to be cleaned. At its simplest, you siphon your beer from your fermenter into the keg and seal it up.

The only nuance is carbonation. You can bottle/cask condition in the keg, but you need less sugar (about 1/2-1/3 of what you'd normally use.) If you'd rather, it is also very easy to force carbonate your beer with CO2 and skip the entire bottling sugar step.

I use this handy CO2 charger and this tap, force carbonation is harder with them but it can be done. If you buy a more complex CO2 filling system, it gets quite easy.

Refrigerate a keg for 24-36 hrs before serving. It takes a while to cool them down!

Kegging was a major step in simplifying my homebrew process. Without the mess of bottling this hobby became fun again.

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