Blog :: 07-2019

Make Your Own Sprinkler; KidWash 2 - PVC Sprinkler

This looks like a truly fun activity for the kids & maybe pets, this HOT summer!

KidWash 2 : PVC Sprinkler Water Toy

By m32825


Step 1: Get Your Parts

Head to your local hardware store for the following

3/4" pipe and fittings:
2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
1 threaded female hose connector (slip fit)
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
1 pack quarter circle mister jets (12 count)

If the option of chaining your KidWash with other water toys interests you, just pick two end caps and add:
1 threaded male hose connector (slip fit)
1 hose cap

Note: you want the PVC hose connectors, not the more expensive metal fittings. Don't give up if they're not with the other PVC fittings, I found them by the sprinkler parts. 

Step 2: Get Your Tools

A measuring device, pen or pencil, saw, PVC cement, drill, and 5/32" drill bit.

WARNING: Outdoor hoses and sprinklers should be run for several minutes prior to wetting a child to prevent burns.



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    Preserve Summer's Vegetable Bounty

    Gardens and Farmer’s Markets are in full swing.

    The following is information on ways to take advantage of all this fresh food.


    Six Simple Ways to Preserve Summer’s Bounty  -  How to save the taste of summer.

    By Eva Perroni| August 30, 2017

    1. Fermenting    2. Freezing    3. Infusing    4. Canning    5. Drying    6. Donating


    Preserving Your Summer Harvest - enjoy summer’s bounty for months to come.

    Posted on August 23, 2018

    Provides Storage and Preservation Suggestions re: Which are the easiest vegetables to store without preserving, the best vegetables for freezing, the most successful canned vegetables and the best vegetable choices for dehydrating.


    5 Reasons to Prepare Your Own Fermented Food

    Reader Contribution By Anne Marie Bonneau| 6/25/2018 5:11:00 PM

    1.  Food preservation not food waste    2.  Health benefits    3.  Savings    4.  Low energy consumption, low-tech    5.  Minimal effort                   


    Fermentation FAQs- Posted on June 24, 2017by The Zero-Waste Chef

    Answers lots of questions about the process.





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      Tips for Staying Cool

      11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

      Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD  Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR 


      1. Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home.

      2. Take advantage of the cooling power of water. 

      3. Head downstairs.

      4. Eliminate extra sources of heat.

      5. Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration.

      6. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine.

      7. Make a homemade "air conditioning" system.

      8. Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning.

      9. Don't eat large, protein-rich meals.

      10. Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

      11. Remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises.



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        Creating Privacy In Shared Bedrooms

        Shared Bedroom Ideas

        Do you have more than one child per bedroom or would you like to add a guest area to a bedroom?  

        We want to share some clever ways to create a private personal space in a shared room.  As you will see from the pictures and articles referenced, the options are many from screens, curtains and doors to free standing furniture. Each options also has endless décor possibilities.

        So, gaze at these pictures and get your imagination juices flowing, and also check out the links below to several articles for even more ideas.



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