You can build your own water powered pump.
I have a friend who grew up in a house that overlooked a lake that was maybe 30 feet lower than street level, and had a running stream off to one side.
They had a pretty big garden, so being able to get an endless supply of water pumped up from the lake without having to pay for water *or* pumping would have been a big win.
Ram pumps aren't usable for bailing out a flooded basement, though.
Between a destructive dog, a climbing cat, and a moody 3-year-old boy, my back screen door had taken a beating.
1 new roll of fiberglass screening, 1 spool of rubber screen rope (the black rope that holds the screen in the frame), and 2 metal-mesh bolt-on screen guards, one on either side of the door.
yep.. that ought'a keep them from destroying the screen on my back door.
Stephen D King
Now there's something I hadn't thought of.
It's probably too brittle to take out and use again, but since the screen is already torn, it's worth giving it a try.
Worst case take it to your local hardware store and say "I need 5 feet of THIS."
Instead I came home with a halogen track light, total wattage 200W. Something clearly went wrong.
This stuff is making the tile work quite a bit easier: http://thesimplemat.com
It's basically a dual-sided adhesive sheet for tile.
We plan to set up an array of anti-gravity
rays holding the tiles up against the wall, in order to avoid
having them fall down at some later date.|
In this photo you can see the completed tilework, along with the mostly-finished lighting. The second downlight still needs a drywall patch and then they both need sanding and painting, along with the ceiling around the base of the track light.
The previous homeowner installed the counters and the custom maple cabinets, but then did two completely stupid things:
1. He chose ugly square downlights that have spent their years getting dirty and collecting bugs.
2. He overlapped the cabinets with the outlets and switches under the cabinets instead of lowering the boxes. In one location he actually had to cut half an inch off of a switch plate in order to install it.
That second move is going to cause a lot of trouble because normally when you add tile to a wall you have to bump out the outlets and switches using box extenders the same thickness as the tile. I've done that before and it works fine, but I can't get the box extenders in because the cabinets are in the way, and I'm not taking them down! What I will probably do is buy solid oversize plates, cut them down to the exact size of the tile gaps, and grout them into place for a flush mount.
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So far I'm quite pleased with the results.
Came out nice, IG!
Looks nice :) Enjoy! And you reminded me that I need to contact someone about seeing an apartment...
The downlights are so nice looking and I still can't get over how bright the 9.5 watt LED's are. On the other hand, in just two weeks we have already burned out two of the four GU10 50watt halogen bulbs in the main fixture.
I've ordered LED's to replace them.
We also had a large tree taken down, because it kept whispering threats into my ear about falling onto the house. PHotos to follow.