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Jun 18, 2020

How to Build a Canoe in 72 Hours

This project began, as it were, with a "crazy idea" - the possibility of canoe travel without taking a canoe with you. Of building one upon arriving in a new place or country, paddling it, then leaving it there upon departure. 

And...?  It worked.    

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May 28, 2020

Move Over, LaCroix: This is the Sparkling Water You Should Be Drinking All Summer

Topo Chico sparkling water bottle poured over iceSparkling water. It's a thing. Whether a weird normcore love of the dated 90s can design, or an earnest attempt to cut back on sugar and chemical-laden soft drinks, the cool kids have embraced LaCroix. And drink manufacturers, in an effort to capture the energy, are coming out with dozens of their own brightly-colored alternatives. I went to the grocery store yesterday, and spied no less than seven distinct brands of pink and orange-canned flavored waters, all of which basically look the same (and all which include a version of pamplemousse), attempting to capitalize on the trend.

I'm no hater. Live and let sip. If it keeps you hydrated and drinking less sugary soda, or even beer, then enjoy yourself. But, if you truly love the bubbles, then allow me to nominate my lifelong favorite sparkling beverage that never doesn't taste unbelievably delicious and refreshing, and, dare I say, defines effervescence?    

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Aug 22, 2018

How to: Set Up an Inexpensive DIY Garden Irrigation System

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What's not to love about a vegetable garden at the zenith of the growing season? More than a sum of its parts—a patch of dirt with some roots sending shoots out of it—a garden gives more than it takes. The average American spends 90% of his or her day indoors, and I use my garden to beat that statistic. I revel in its smells and textures and the satisfaction that comes from the results of tangible work. However, there are certain tasks I find needlessly tedious, and when I expanded my garden by about a hundred square feet this year, I began to count manually watering it with a hose as one of those tasks to eliminate with a timesaver.

But after I decided to set up my own DIY irrigation system, I quickly figured out that I didn't want to use soaker hoses (too expensive for the quantities I'd have to buy) or a rigid structure of PVC pipes (too permanent for the constantly changing setup in my current plot).

The solution was a pleasant surprise:

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Aug 06, 2018

How to: Direct Water Away from Your House

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Proper water drainage for your property is one of the most important long-term preventative measures you can implement. Water build up due to insufficient drainage can cause significant damage to basements, garages and building foundations. If there is a lack of proper drainage, water can build up near or under the foundation of your property, which causes the soil to swell. This can lead to the foundation cracking or buckling under the extra pressure, or flooding in your basement. All of which will require costly and time-consuming repairs.

Knowing this information, I decided it was necessary to take the preventative measures and add

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Jul 29, 2016

How To: A Guaranteed Way to Deep Clean Your Water Bottle

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Anyone who regularly uses the same water bottles several times a week - runners, cyclists, hikers, athletes, or any general person-on-the-go that likes to stay hydrated - can attest: they can get nasty. Even if nothing but water and ice ever go in, the crud can still build up, and non-H2O fluids like sports drink or add-ins make the taste, odor, and junk even worse. 

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Aug 18, 2015

DIY Inspiration: Make a Custom Stand Up Paddleboard

Clearwood PaddleboardAs summer gives us just a few more weeks of dependable warmth, I’ve been hitting the water as much as life will allow. But soon enough it will be much too cold for getting wet and so here’s a project to get on now so when spring comes back around, we’ll be ready to once again enjoy a day on the water.  

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Mar 12, 2014

DIY with a Purpose: To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

I hate starting blog posts this way, but I'ma exercise my one or two a year: I freaking love this idea.    

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Jul 13, 2012

A Naturally Occurring Bright Pink Lake

Lake Retba, in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, is also known by another name - Lac Rose. Why? Well, for one reason, the entire lake is colored bubblegum pink.  

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Jul 06, 2012

How to: Make Tastier DIY Tonic Water at Home (Perfect for Gin!)

When I was a kid, we weren't allowed to drink soft drinks much at home, so my mom would often by club soda and lightly fruit flavored sparkling waters for a treat. They sat at the side of the fridge, and I learned the colors - blue for regular, pink for raspberry, and green for lemon lime. One day - a new flavor showed up (yellow!), and I was excited to give it a try.

And it was the worse thing I ever tasted.   

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Mar 13, 2012

Sweeping Beauty: Temporary Graffiti Made with Water and a Broom

Niels 'Shoe' Meulman has hit the streets of Singapore for a different kind of street art installation: one made simply with water. The Dutch artist demonstrates his incredible talent as a calligrapher by freehanding ornamental type with a bucket of water and a household broom. And he completes the entire thing in less than two minutes. 

Watch the video below to see Shoe's amazing skill in action:  

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Dec 15, 2011

Guy Makes a Water-Powered Jetpack to Swim Like a Dolphin

As Core77 notes, this is simply, "too good not to post."

Jet-ski master Franky Zapata has created the "Dolphin Jetpack." a water-powered apparatus that allows him to soar over the water and into the air like (you guessed it) a dolphin.

It seems like an internet hoax, but it really looks to be legit. Check out the video:  

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure buildup!  

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Mar 30, 2010

Garden Gun 5.1

Squirting someone with the garden hose will: 1) never stop being fun, and 2) never stop being funny. The mantra "its only water" can aid in getting away with a lot, no? Imagine how much MORE fun it would be to soak your mates with a water pistol with an infinite reservoir and gusto for days.

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Feb 15, 2010

How To: Water Bottle Pocket

I'm still on the search for the perfect day-to-day bag. I admit, I ask alot: I need something that carries and protect my computer and my DSLR, as well as fits my collection of things I use daily - books, paperwork, notebook, cables, glasses/contacts, multitool, etc, etc - that's carriable when I walk, bike, or ride my scooter.water bottle holder

And I think I've found the almost perfect option - with the almost hinging on the lack of external pocket to carry my water bottle or a drink. But, this quick and easy hanging bottle carrier from Between the Lines seems like a great solution.

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