Reverse Engineering Strange Devices Found in a Library

Follow along to uncover the intent of these devices hidden behind trashcans and vending machines in a college library.

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Remaking History: Build Your Own Copper Still

Zakariya Al-Razi, the Secret of Secrets, and the invention of the modern still

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Slightly Smaller, Just as Powerful: Raspberry Pi Launches Pi 3 Model A+

It’s been a while since Raspberry Pi has updated their Model A board — four years, specifically. Their new release, announced today, takes the Pi 1 Model A+ and bumps it up to Pi 3 specs, incorporating the same 64-bit quad core processor with 1.4Ghz clock speed and 2.4/5Ghz wireless […]

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Weekend Watch: Dream It, Make It with Figments Made

A maker from New Jersey quits her corporate job to devote herself to exploring her creative passions.

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Tips of the Week: Soaking Out Rust, Picking an Arduino, Wire Wrangling, Reorganize and Be Happy

Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales […]

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Google AIY Robot Companion

Print and wear a superb owl that uses AI vision to see faces, judge emotions, and respond

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Making Plastic PCBs with a Laser Cutter and Chemicals

The ever-clever Ben Krasnow experiments with printing plastic "electroless" PCBs on a 3D printer and laser cutter.

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5 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Appear Bigger

Small Kitchen Ideas for Appearing Bigger

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Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking tech, home, lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with New York moving company 'All Around Moving Services Company Inc.' Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

Few people are blessed with luxurious kitchens – the kinds that would take several hours to keep in order. They would include a closet-like pantry, a super fridge, a badass kitchen island, and enough walking space to host a small wedding ceremony!

Metropolitan cities are pressed for space so most apartments/condos don’t have the liberty of putting in your dream kitchen. Considering that individuals spend most of their waking hours in this area of the house – either...

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How to Care for Newly Planted Sod

Caring for Newly Planted Sod

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Natalie Craigmile works for ProMatcher.com, a resource that connects consumers with local home improvement businesses. She writes about everything from sod to siding from her home office in Virginia.

Whether you’re looking to repair a portion of your lawn or plant a whole new lawn to revive your landscape, sod can be a great solution. Compared with seeding, which can take months to establish, sodding a lawn is as close to instant gratification as you can get with landscaping.

But, although simpler and faster than growing grass from seed, sod can be pricey. For a typical quarter acre lot, you can expect to spend close to $15,000 for a professionally installed, brand-new sod lawn. So, it’s important to know how to protect that investment and give your sod the best chance at success.

Luckily, caring for your sod is fairly simple. With regular watering and lots of monitoring and patience, you’ll have a strongly rooted lawn within a few weeks to a month.

Sod Installation

One note before getting into how to care for your sod: Proper preparation and installation of the sod is critical to its success. What you do before you lay the sod matters just as...

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Can Remodeling Harm Your Relationship?

Can Remodeling Harm Your Relationship?

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This was written by Jason Horton who is the Owner and Editor of this website.

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I'm republishing this report on a survey conducted by Houzz which said that 12% of couples consider separation or divorce when remodeling their home. Although the survey was conducted a few years ago, remodeling is still as stressful today as it was back then.

The 12% figure seemed a little high to me, so I reached out to their press department and asked if they could tell me how the survey was conducted, and Allison Brady kindly responded,

"We had more than 1300 respondents to the survey which was distributed through Houzz's social channels and newsletter."

What this means is that the survey participants were 'self selected', so it may be the case that the couples who responded were more likely than average to want to break up, but equally it could be that they are less likely than average.

I also asked Houzz if there were any controls that would tell us how significant that 12% really is. Unfortunately they didn't have an answer for me on that one, however Allison was able to tell me that they drew the 12% statistic from the question...

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Common Kitchen Appliance Problems and Their Simple Fixes

Common Kitchen Appliances Problems and Their Simple Fixes

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Zach McGavin is a home blogger who writes about the latest home gadgets and tips. He wrote this article on behalf of Mike's Quality Appliance Repair.

For sure, it’s a great cause of worry when your important equipment in the kitchen stops working. But don’t fret too much because there are ways to solve minor issues of your kitchen devices. For a little help, here are some simple fixes to common kitchen appliance problems.

Fridge Doesn’t Cool

The first step to solve this problem is to see if your fridge is receiving power. Did you plug it in? Did you adjust the thermostat at the right temperature? Sometimes, we fail to notice that the power plug of the fridge slips off or is pulled off, and forget that we turn down the cooling level of its thermostat.

It’s also advisable to check the coils or the gasket of the fridge to see they aren’t clogged. If they’re clogged, you should run a vacuum over the coils for a quick clean. You should also check the condenser fan whether nothing has stuck in it and it spins properly. Clean the blades of the fan so that it can function to its desired spin.

The Igniter of the Gas Stove Won’t Light the Burner

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10 Good Reasons To Start A Vegetable Garden

Reasons To Start A Vegetable Garden

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Mia Johnson is a freelance writer who writes on behalf of Hoselink and has had a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about home decor, home improvement, and gardening. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her three dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the price of veggies in the supermarkets is ridiculously high, even more so since they don’t taste as good as those from your childhood.

Maybe that is the real reason why the idea of growing your own food crosses your mind too often lately. Although it sounds complicated, know that starting a vegetable garden is a manageable project, even if you are a newbie. So, if you are weighing the pros and cons of becoming a gardener, here is the list of ten convincing reasons why you should head off to the nearest gardening tool store and shovel your backyard upside down.

Gardening is really easy

Even if you are a proven cactus killer, know that it is easy to start and maintain a vegetable garden. The best way to begin is to start small and to pick veggies that are easy to grow. Choose no more...

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5 Reasons Why Work Boots are Essential in Home Improvement Projects

Work Boots are Essential for Home Improvement Projects

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Liam Smith is a young and aspiring blogger with a passion for everything related to home improvement, design and style. He has a B.Sc. in Interior design and wrote this article on behalf of Redback Boots.

Don’t make a mistake and think that the fact that you’re working around your home means you can dress casually. You might say that you’re not a craftsman by trade, but that is precisely why you need the most adequate protection. You’ll probably be working with some power equipment which you also probably don’t know how to handle perfectly, meaning that the chances of injury just got higher.

Okay, you’ll supply the protection. But the thing is that most people are focused on their upper body, mostly on their arms. You’ll think about safety precautions before using a power drill, won’t you? You’ll have to protect your arms, head, chest, and legs. But it’s as if people are not aware that their feet are a part of their legs. When things don’t fall on your head, they fall on your toes, right? But there’s much more than that.

When it comes to laying a foundation for worker safety, this should start from the ground up. All levels of injury can come from...

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The Beauty & Benefits of Stainless Steel Appliances

The Beauty & Benefits of Stainless Steel Appliances

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Ellie Batchiyska is a writer for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer for stainless steel pipes, tubes, fittings, and flanges.

Over the last decade, more and more homeowners have been upgrading to stainless steel appliances. It’s not hard to see why. Their sleek, modern look blends excellently with all kinds of interior décor, and their durability is unmatched.

Ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, and dishwashers in stainless steel make beautiful (and functional) accents to any kitchen. If you’re a gourmet that spends a lot of time in the kitchen, having these strong and stunning appliances is probably important to you.

What’s more, even if you can’t afford the professional equipment (like a Viking Range), stainless steel appliances can make any kitchen feel like a top-tier restaurant.

Advantages & Disadvantages

The major pro to stainless steel appliances is, of course, their aesthetic appeal. However, many people also choose them for their durability. They have a long lifespan, and are able to withstand wear and tear better than other materials – such as wood or plastic. This makes them resistant to rust and water damage, which is...

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Bringing Your Bathroom Into the 21st Century

Bringing Your Bathroom Into the 21st Century

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Ellie Batchiyska is a writer for Plumber’s Stock, a leading online retailer for plumbing/HVAC supplies and parts.

Minimalism and modernity are the staples of contemporary design. With this kind of design comes numerous functional upgrades as well. And, while many homeowners tend to make updates to their kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms first, the bathroom may very well be the room that can benefit most from technological advancements.

There are a number of upgrades that can be made to your bathroom to make it more contemporary. These make use of new technologies that could save you time, money, and work.

Tankless Water Heater

These are also referred to as “on demand water heaters”, for the fact that they quickly heat cold water on the spot as opposed to continuously heating it 24/7 the way regular water heaters do. As a result of this, tankless water heaters consume up to 30% less energy. Not only does this ensure you’ll save money on your water and heating bills, but it keeps your conscience clean with its eco-friendliness.

While tankless water heaters are best for small homes, you can install multiple if you have a larger home. And, though...

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Easy, Effective Pumpkin Carving Tricks

Simple but eye-catching pumpkin carving effects that you can do even if you don't think of yourself as particularly crafty.

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