[VIDEO] I assembled a 14′ trampoline all alone!

So in our backyard, we used to set up the above ground pool every summer, but we’ve noticed that the kids had suddenly grown up and started to feel like the pool was tooo small… or something, and naturally, they asked for a trampoline instead this year……. [sigh].

So we bought the Exacme 14 foot trampoline with a good enough weight limit for a grown up person. The shipment came in 3 heavy boxes, and from reading the online reviews, it sounded like you need at least 2 people to assemble this comfortably.

Well, since I had no one to help, I decided to do this on my own, but surprisingly, it was easy to set up. In the video I show you how I did it!

By the way, Youtube is such a great place to share such info, and others have shared as well, and I’m just adding to the wealth of info out there 🙂

It’s always fun to watch the kids see the new installation of some sort, and this was no exception. They were so happy ^^

Bonus fact: Trampolines make for an amazing napping zone:

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DIY Turtle Habitat [VIDEOS]

It’a always more fun to make it yourself than just buying a ready-made product. So when I got this little turtle, I set out to make its habitat from scratch.

This is the first one I made:

 

For this one I used sand, thinking that it will remind the turtle of its habitat, but as you might be able to guess, the sheer maintenance required to keep this one clean was basically impossible.

So this is the current set up:

Instead of using sand, we kept it all water with climbable areas, with a filter installed. We also added heating light. Definitely much less maintenance, and the turtle enjoys sun bathing a lot! She also eats right from our hands 🙂

Ice Sledding and Ice fishing! Video

This winter’s been really cold. Some lakes and rivers are completely frozen over, and what does that mean??

Ice sledding and Ice fishing of course 🙂

Remember that one week (in NJ area where I live anyway) when it was like unbelievably cold? The ice was really thick, so I decided to “do-it-yourself” an ice sled and take the kids out for a nice round of sledding on the ice lake ^^

Here’s what happened:

Oh and some obligatory warning for ice sledding is included (for obvious reasons) ^^

I searched for good iced-out lakes in the above process, and found out there’s a pretty decent(?) ice fishing scene in the area. So a couple of weeks later, I went in search of that ice fishing scene:

Winter’s not over yet, and I have a feeling there’s more coming!

VIDEO: DIY Shower Faucet Repair

This time I saved some money by fixing by myself our leaky shower faucet. In the video I show you how.

In NJ where we are, the water that comes out of the pipes are so full of minerals that tend to build up easily. It’s definitely better if you can do these repairs by yourself so you’re not calling the repair guys every couple years.

Essentially the repair was to replace the Gerber Shower valve stem.

Got the necessary tools from local Harbor Freight Tools.

If you buy the right tools and install them by yourself, you can seriously save some money as opposed to calling a repair guy 🙂

 

 

 

Video: I made a target for throwing knives & axes!

I fancied trying out a backyard throwing knife party (don’t worry it didn’t happen) and set out to make a DIY target, using a log and bamboo sticks I earlier got.

It works pretty well, but of course, something funny had to happen somewhere ^^

My daughter and her friend had a great time with it, and seems like her friend got pretty good at it.

Oh and of course, please take caution when handling knives! … and axes ^^

 

Video: DIY underwater action camera mount

This time I tried making an action camera mount that can take underwater footage while being attached to a fishing line. One of the cool things about these action cameras is that they come with waterproof casings. I just needed to take advantage of that and wanted to see if the camera can actually catch the moment the fish bites!

I had a lot of fun designing this mount, using some cheap dollar store things and everyday objects that can be found around the house.