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Category: DIY Projects & Instructions

Fierce and Deadly Churrasco Swords

I found an interesting image of some churrasco spits on the internet and thought to myself: Yeah! Why not make them look like a sword? It’d be wide enough to hold any piece of meat firmly and prevent it from rotating on the spit, plus I can poke into the ground if necessary, and – plus plus – it would simply look cool.


Refurbished Guest WC

We’re finally done renovating the small WC in the northern germany refuge. In fact, the room itself it wasn’t much work (whereas building the new washstand really was) – a little color, a shelf and some reasonable lighting. Looks much nicer now.

Before

Before

After

After

 


My Makeshift Simple Anvil

I got myself a piece of good old german steel railroad track from eBay to use for an anvil (you can find a shitload of videos on that topic on YouTube). So my simple construction consists of no more than a piece of a oak tree stem (left from last year’s round-up) and said railroad track piece, screwed tight with the meanest, thickest and longest screws I could find in the shop. Drilling the mounting holes was such a pain in the ass…


Smoker Platform

I don’t have a reasonable place for grilling and barbecue in the northern germany refuge yet. In order not to have to improvise very time I want to use my UDS, I made a rollable platform where the smoker can sit on.

It’s an easy construction made from pallet wood and some concrete for the firebox bottom. Today was the premiere and it worked fine. I’m still pondering if I should lay the bricks in mortar finally or leave it as it is and just stack them for easier transport.


Fairy Door

I made a fairy door for the northern germany refuge. A simple, yet cute and adorable thing to add to my garden 🙂 The images below explain themselves; it was a fun and beautiful little side project for me.


Electrical and Faucet Post for the Cistern Pumps

We have (involuntarily) found out how the outside rainwater draining works in the northern germany refuge. There is a drainage sump as well as a ring drainage around the house and two cisterns in the garden that serve as a reservoir and have an overflow pipe in case they’re filled to a certain level. These cisterns can of course be used for watering the garden using a submergible pump, as they’re filled with free rainwater. Here’s what I came up with as an idea to make use of this reservoir. It’s a post combining the electrical wiring of the two pumps and an outlet for watering:

This is as much as I can do for now, since I need an electrician to wire the thing up correctly. We’ll see how (and if at all) this works this summer 🙂

 


Mouse Livetrap – a sad Victory

After pimping up the contraption with a little vegetable oil I finally can report success! First little critter trapped, but unfortunately it has died in the bucket.

But why? The oil stands at best about 1mm high on the bottom of the bucket – absolutely not enough to drown in – and it was trapped in there no longer than 5-6 hours – not long enough to die from starvation either. Poor little guy.

Edit: Another casualty, now the death toll is two 🙁 . I think I’ll try a (bought and boring) livetrap from the hardware store now as an alternative.


Northern Germany Refuge: Windowsill Hatchery 2020

Corona! I’m in self isolation, just as thew whole country is, working from home and apart from that having next to nothing to do. So I decided to try growing vegetables on the windowsill, as I do it every year.


Mouse Livetrap – the next Step

So this has become personal now: Me vs. THE MOUSE.

In my strategic ponderings I have come up with a new artifice of war, taking the epic battle of Man vs. Mouse to a whole new level: I have lubed the trap (see part one and part two). With Sun. Flower. Oil. Not so easy climbing a bucket with oily fingers any more, right?

Take that, Jerry!

We’ll see… 🙂


Mouse Livetrap Update

“Jerry’s Demise” – my Ass! I tried the mousetrap on my attic over the last days and the little fuckers licked the nutella bait cleanly off the rotating plastic bottle! So either the bucket isn’t deep enough and they were able to escape, or the little buggers easily outsmarted me somehow 🙂 .

I bet they’re rolling on the floor with full bellies right now, loughing their tiny asses off. I’ll try again.


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