garden hose reel

Garden hose reels are there to store our garden hoses safely. In case you need one, you can consider either buying or creating one for your own. Herein are steps to follow to come out with a unique hose reel;

Requirements

Before commencing on any particular project, there is a need to place in order for all the requirements. So, like any other project, when creating a hose reel, there is a need you to gather all that is required for the process to go smoothly. For this project, you will require wood screws, scroll saw, hand drill, a knife and hammer, inch thick plywood, a measuring tape, and a pipe maybe from a vacuum cleaner. These are the main things that are required for this project, but then, you might require in the process of other small things.

Steps to make a hose reel

Find a Wire Spindle

You need to buy a spindle that will accommodate the length of the garden hose reel you are creating. Spindles of between 20-24 inches in diameter are better meant for hoses that are 25 to 50 foot long. Longer lengths can work best with larger spindles of 36-inches.

Build the Frame

To come up with a frame, you need to first cut 2×10 lumbers of 20 into two different equal lengths; this is for the smaller spindle. For the larger spindle, you will consider 30 inches. Next, consider the base of your hose real. For this, cut the inch plywood into different and of suitable sizes. Consider a ratio of 1.5 to 2 for the length and width respectively. Use a tape measure to determine the height of your spindle. Place lumber pieces that are 2 inches wider than the spindle, using wood screws, secure them to the base.

Drill Holes for the Rebar

Start by measuring the rebar diameter. Using slightly larger bits than what you should drill, make holes in the lumber to help you center the spindle in that, the top of the lumber becomes even with the top.

Install the Rebar and Spindle

First, start by threading the rebar. Have someone to help you do this through the holes you drilled at the center of the spindle and in the 2×10 braces. The spindle weight will allow you to use your reel without worrying falling out of the rebar.

Install Handle

It is time to attach the length of wood dowel using wood screws to the outer page of your spindle. After this, do the attachment of the small L-clips. The clips should be secured well using short wood screws to keep the hose reel handle in place and also sturdy. From this point, you would have finished everything. You can consider painting it with the color of your choice.

Attach the Water Hose

Lastly, over the wire spindle, drape the water hose. This needs to be done leaving enough slack at the rear side of the reel to ensure water faucet is easily reached. Screw the water hose to the spindle using the C-clamps.

keurig coffee maker

Many people seem to think that to make a coffee, they simply put pellets in a cup and add water. However, this will not give you good coffee to taste. Coffee is an affordable luxury that, properly prepared, will prepare you for the rest of the day.

Here are some tips to get the best coffee for Keurig you’ve ever tried.

Keurig Coffee maker

Invest the best Keurig coffee maker, preferably with a mill. There are many in the market now, but you want to buy one that makes coffee that you like, for example, coffee with milk or cappuccino. Another solution is to buy one that prepares all kinds of coffees that allow you to choose what you want on a given day.

Beans

Do not buy beans unless you know when they have been roasted. Most good brands will detail it in the package. It does not make sense to buy old coffee. This will not produce excellent results. Also remember that when you buy fresh beans, you must use them in a week, because the coffee begins to lose its flavour. Many people will also tell you to put coffee in the refrigerator; However, this will not keep your coffee fresh, in fact, the cold will spoil it. Ideally, place fresh beans in an airtight container and store them in a dark place. An ideal place would be a pantry, however, if you do not have one, consider placing the container in a garage or in a place where there is not much light.

How to grind coffee for Keurig

When you want to make coffee, grind the beans as close as possible when you want to make them. It is normal to grind a few hours before drinking, but do not do it too soon. The degree of grinding of the coffee will have an effect on the flavour. If the flavour of the coffee is bitter, it can be ground very fine and, therefore, it can be extracted in excess (where undesirable aromas have also left the beans). If its flavour is flat, the grind may be too thick, which means that enough flavour has not been extracted.

It is essential if you want to make the perfect coffee. When they move to the store, the store often grinds a variety of beans throughout the day and, if it is the last, they will not enjoy all the flavour of their particular variety. In addition, the mills used tend to heat because they are used permanently, which could cause the roasting of their grains. Some of the good coffee and espresso machines usually have their own grinders. So it’s a much better way to produce your coffee and get the best results.

Water temperature

If you prepare your coffee with a coffee machine, it is likely that the ideal temperature will be set for you, creating the perfect cup. Most people who make coffee, especially instant coffee, use boiling water and this is not the best thing to do. If the water you are using is vaporizing, the water is likely to boil.

Sugar

Many coffee drinkers do not add sugar to your cup, but if you are one of those who like to add something to soften it. Then do it by adding a brown sugar of good quality. White sugar will change the taste of coffee; However, brown sugar will bring out the flavour and really enhance it.

Once I spotted this crumbling house on the hills above Scribe Winery I couldn’t resist exploring. As you can tell I had a hard time narrowing down these amazing images taken by MB Maher, which so beautifully depict this time capsule of California’s history. Every home tells a story — even when they’re almost barren of furniture or trappings — and my imagination was completely captured by this old vineyard estate; it’s unique architecture with Moroccan-style keyholes over the front windows; the drawings sketched out on the walls throughout; empty bottles of champagne on the top floor; carnival lights strung across the grand foyer; peeling wallpaper that revealed bay area newspapers from the 1950s. I climbed out on the second story deck and looked out over the rolling hills and vineyards around us and imagined all the people before me throughout time who had mimicked that gesture, who they were, and what their lives had been like living in old California.

As always, bloggers are seduced by the globe and the clock. In one of our 24 time zones, I pour hot water over coffee beans in San Francisco, and 8 timezones away, another girl is sipping a cocktail with friends at the end of the day. We know this intellectually, but it’s difficult to get your hands around it — this chain of storytelling that allows me to have close friends I’ve never met who send me their stories from distant shores. To visualize this global narrative, and celebrate our connection, four bloggers (including myself) have brought you this visual guide to the interlocking hours in our lives around the world. We will not be handing off a baton, but instead showing the same minute in all four of our cities. At the exact moment that it’s 8am in the morning for me in San Francisco, it’s 11am for Naomi in Philidelphia, 5pm for Julie in London, and midnight for Judith in Seoul. I invite you to travel throughout the day and globe with us — please read on, and follow each story below to its respective author’s blog.

Today I had my morning coffee in Paris.

For a few months now M has been in and out of the house at all hours of the day and night; working behind the scenes on a special project for one of San Francisco’s many tech startups — Airbnb. Somehow along the way he drew the short end of the stick and became a permanent fixture on the 6am weekend shift. I don’t know about you, but I’m cursed with the inability to fall back asleep once I’ve been woken in the morning — not matter what time of the morning — once I’m awake, that’s it. So when I was woken this particular Saturday early in the AM, I tossed and turned for an hour or two, and then decided to follow him.

Airbnb is one of those glossy tech companies that keeps a full time kitchen staff, serving its employees breakfast, lunch and dinner — but not on the weekends, and there aren’t really a lot of food options this early in the day in San Francisco. We’re a town that likes to sleep in and start the weekend around noon with a boozy brunch. If you’re up before then your best bet is one of our many coffee shops serving up freshly baked pastries and small bites, which is just what I did, so today picking up a breakfast sandwich for me and a sticky carmel morning bun for M from a nearby bakery (L’acajou to be precise) just around the corner from Airbnb’s HQ. The giant building is quiet at this hour; early light streaming from the enormous skylight over the central courtyard, and when I take the elevators up I can see the night fog just beginning to thin over the Eastern half of the city. There may be no kitchen staff working today, but the 169,000 sq. ft. HQ is fully stocked from one side to the other with artisanal coffee, beer and wine on tap, make-your-own-sandwich stations, in-house yogurt, bins and bins of granola and other dry goods, and more Smegs than I could imagine in my wildest dreams. Until visiting Airbnb, I’d heard a lot of rumors about the insane perks available in the start up industries – they’ll do your laundry, change the oil in your tires, there’s masseuses on staff, full time baristas! – and if Airbnb is any sort of indicator the truth is a bit less glamorous, but still rather mind boggling. No full time barista (here you brew your own pour overs) but still an environment unlike any office space I’ve ever seen.

The beans here are from De La Paz, a local roaster I hadn’t really experienced before the office introduced me to them. Now they’re the only thing I buy for my own home. Today I pour myself a steaming cup into thick mugs and slip away to a quiet room. Airbnb has around a dozen conference rooms — each one themed to replicate a different Airbnb listing from around the world, down to every last piece of wallpaper, photograph, or amount and flavor of donuts. And on a day like this, there’s hardly a one of the hundreds of weekday employees around to find it it unusual when I settle in with my coffee and laptop to Paris, Milan or Bali. Beginning the day like this may be an earlier start than I would have chosen, but I’ve come not to mind it so much. Today, I have Paris all to myself, and I kickstart my weekend over strong coffee and bloggery, while all around me the glass walls begin to lighten, as the summer fog pulls away towards the ocean; brightening our little corner of the world.

Here in Philadelphia on a Saturday morning, I had four friends walking in the door. As they arrived, I was putting the finishing touches on a brunch spread I had prepared using my favorite local and organic ingredients. For me, two things are important when it comes to food: home cooked and ethically-sourced. It’s not necessarily the most common way to consume food in this country, but it is one that is held in high regard. People here love a home cooked meal. And people here love food they can feel good about. Also, it should be noted that brunch is a very American thing… a brilliant custom if you ask me…

See and read all about Naomi’s Philadelphia brunch over at her blog – Numie Abbot

 

There are a lot of things I could be doing in London at 4pm on a Saturday, but if I’m honest, I’m usually at the pub. This is partly because it’s always raining and I need to take cover, and partly because the national sport of England is getting outlandishly drunk on every imaginable occasion (2pm on Tuesday? Sure, I’ll have a beer. 11am on Sunday? Pour me a pint, sir.).

It’s really because pubs have always been hubs of social interaction in the UK. It’s a unique phenomenon that I’ve never found anywhere else, and it works amazingly well. Every neighborhood has it’s “local”, as they’re called, and everyone ends up there at, say, 4pm on Saturday…

See and read more about Julie’s favorite pubs over at her blog – A Lady in London

 

It’s midnight now in South Korea, and I’ve already had a delicious dinner of pizza and beer with my boyfriend in Itaewon. We usually have date night on Friday and go out for dinner and a movie, but the air about tonight feels a bit different than normally. Maybe we’ve had one too many craft beers or maybe it’s the change in the weather as it slips further and further into a sticky, humid summer that is making us crave a different kind of fun tonight. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we find what we’re looking for: strong cocktails, conversations with strangers, and a guilty midnight snack. After a brisk walk around the streets passed noisy lounges and overpriced wine bars, we decide the area we’re in doesn’t have what we want, so we hop in a cab and take the short drive to Noksapyeong. We feel the electricity in the air the moment we hit the busy streets crowded with people from all over the world…

Meeting a fellow blogger in the flesh never fails to delight, but it was exponentially amazing to connect with a fellow ex-ex-pat on the this side of the pond. Diane and I were both living in Paris last year, and while we sadly missed each other there, we triumphantly connected on the sunny streets of Venice last week to share tales of similar experiences in Paris (we were both definitely at KB Café at the exact same time on multiple occasions) as well as in San Francisco, which Diane is no stranger to. I — however — was a complete stranger to Venice at the time, but was fortunate to have my beautiful guide fearlessly steer me straight past the hipster coffee shops, the beachy candle boutiques, and the greasy pizza joints — directly to the Moroccan baked eggs I have always been waiting for.

CREEPERS

Due to personal trauma (i.e. high school) I’ve been really resistant to this 90′s revival going on in fashion right now, but the Doc Martens are starting to wear me down. Icelandic women use them to weigh down faded skinny jeans and cropped tops, or breezy maxi skirts with sleeveless button-downs, and I think its just the right contrast. And it couldn’t be a better time for them, with the ground frequently covered in ice or snow and consistant rain — I could use some treads and some elevation. If I do cross-over, I’ll have to remind myself that the 90′s popularity of the brand stemmed from an 80′s revival at the time, which came from a 60′s throwback, which referenced a late 40′s throwback. It’s basically an institution at this point.

Did you know San Francisco’s infamous Haight-Ashbury  has the largest collection of oldest Victorian homes in the city? The Haight was developed early on as an escape from the crowded city life 3 miles East, with fairgrounds, a stadium and of course the Golden Gate Park. Beautiful tree lined streets with majestic grand dame Victorians were only a cable car ride away; these homes served as hotels, b&b’s and “country estates” for early San Franciscans. Later the Haight became as escape from mainstream life in a different way, but I think you know about that story. The area survived the quake and fire of 1906 because of this distance from the city, as well as being on bedrock, which is why almost every street is filled with the oldest and most well preserved architecture (fun fact — the small but lovely public library on Page St is the oldest branch remaining (built in 1833), as well as one of the oldest surviving municipal buildings in the city).  If you’re traveling to the area I’d advised skipping actual Haight St (unless you’re into kitch and pricey vintage) — instead, stroll up and down the side-streets, from Broderick to Shrader; meander back and forth across the narrow pan handle and up and down the shallow hills. Go in the morning or the late afternoon when the light is right, and don’t forget your camera.

Now that’s winter is fully upon us I thought it a good time to share my finds on Parisian beauty products to keep your skin and hair hydrated and protected during these dry, chilly days (one week past the equinox — only 3 more months until spring! Not that I’m counting…). Parisian pharmacies have been raved about in person and across the web from Parisians, stylists, travelers, bloggers and even celebrities, for featuring top quality brands at affordable prices. There’s a pharmacy on nearly every corner in Paris (look for the green cross), but the largest one with the most affordable prices is rumored to be City-Pharma in the 6eme near Saint-Germain-des-Pres. My favorite spot, however, is actually the giant Monoprixe near Republique, which carries almost all of the most hyped products, and is the cheapest I’ve found by far (although they won’t stock you up on all the exciting free samples like a real pharmacy will). Each pharmacy is privately owned, so prices change from one to the other.

(Other tips for staying hydrated during these brutal winter months (besides a tropical vacation)? The Free People blog has a great post on ways to keep hydrated from the inside out here. Fresh fruit and veggie juices are recommended, and while a lot of fruits aren’t seasonal or local to France right now, you can definitely get French grapes at every epicerie and super market.)

As for my favorite French beauty products:

This first one is less about hydration, but is equally important. Bioderma Créaline H2O is a mild makeup remover and cleanser for sensitive skin. It saved my eyelashes from near destruction as my waterproof mascara was not coming off any other way. While this can be used as a cleanser, I prefer to use it for makeup removal before using the cleansers I already have. Bioderma uses cucumber to soothe the skin, and won’t dry you out while getting even the most stubborn makeup off. This can even be used as a brush cleanser — mix a drinking glass of warm water with a tablespoon or two of this cleanser, and leave your makeup brushes in for a good soak.

Oh man, where would my poor hands, lips and hair be without my Nuxe products? If you can only splurge on one thing, buy yourself the large, lifetime supply bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. This dry oil uses vitamin E as well 6 natural essential oils, is safe for face, body and hair, and has made a world of difference on my locks; keeping them soft and supple, and helping me to detangle the hideous knots my coats and scarves have made in them by the end of the day.

The Nuxe Rêve de Miel line translates to Dreams of Honey (or Honey Dreams), which either way says everything. These products use honey, shea oil and other plant extracts to nourish, repairs, and protects skin and lips. I apply the hand cream and lip balm from the moment I wake up until I go to bed and its made a huge difference, particularly to my lips.

Eau Thermale Avéne carries a long line of mineral water products for sensitive skin designed from thermal spring water, but the one I’ve tried so far is the Eau Thermale itself. This spray is soothing for redness, dryness and/or irritation of the skin, and can be used after cleansing or throughout the day when your skin is feeling battered by the elements. I also love that they sell these in small enough bottles for me to carry on to flights, as that’s when my skin tends to freak out the most. 

Another line I love is Vichy. I received two samples from this brand during my first pharmacy check out, and had to return to get them both. My skin just can’t get enough hydration in this climate; my lightweight California moisturizer just isn’t cutting it. The Vichy Aqualia Thermal in Riche provides 48 hours of hydration for sensitive skin, and their Liftactiv Yeux is an amazing eye cream that calms, moisturizes and de-puffs.

Lastly, I bought a bottle of Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with oat milk (shampooing sec extra-doux au lait d’avoine) a year ago when in Paris and it’s still going strong, with no sign that I’m anywhere near the end. I use this dry shampoo every morning throughout my bangs and roots, and at night brush my hair to get the oils down into the ends. I use the Nuxe dry oil whenever it starts to get dry, and this way I avoid excessive washing and the damage from blow-drying. Contrary to the myth that French women never wash their hair, my girlfriend Orphee washes hers twice daily, and has scolded me for my once-a-week plan. What products and beauty tips have you discovered?

When Free People invited me to a DIY in a gorgeous garden shop just blocks from home I had to pinch myself before accepting this wasn’t a dream. As a long-time admirer of the brand — both clothing as well as lifestyle blog — it was unbelievably exciting to get to work with the ladies behind the logo. It was one of our rainy days last week, but we all crowded into the warm and green space in Bernal Height’s Succulence shop. Owners Ken and Amy made us feel so at home while they taught all about working with succulents; it was an absolutely treat to share the space on such an intimate level as we explored every nook and cranny of the shop and back yard courtyard, cooing over each beautiful, unique little plant. Ken was on hand through the entire experience to help us shape each terrarium into exactly what we dreamed. Another big highlight came from mingling with all the girls at the event themselves — free spirits and fearless all. There were so many strong, fascinating women crowded into this hidden gem. It proved to be a fantastic opportunity to further collaborate with other creative minds, as I’ll be showing you all down the road! But for now, more of this remarkable afternoon:

Everyone has been traveling lately and I can’t get enough of following their adventures. Julie just ate her way through all of Marrakesh and documented it in such a way that makes me want to redo my entire trip there. Kayture has me drooling over these foodie spots in Los Angeles (road trip, anyone?). Somehow Prague has slipped down my list of places I must go to, but these dreamy photos from blogger Maddinka have pushed it back up to the top. And Seoul was even on the list, but I’ll go anywhere with Shini; her photography never fails to blow me away.

But instead of setting sail myself, for now I’ll be living vicariously through all you travelers. I’m enjoying being home; it feels like ages since I’ve been able to really settle in for a good long stint. The above images are some snaps from around the house this week. I’ve committed myself to eating less and eating at home (and yoga…in theory…) and have been completely obsessed with this curried cauliflower and quinoa recipe from Cookie & Kate. I’ve made it about half a dozen times so far, and it doesn’t get old. I’ve played around with the dish by adding lemon juice instead of vinegar; dried pomegranates and cranberries along with the raisins; diced apples and roasted pine nuts. Last night I pulled out all the stops, adding tons of curry and cayenne pepper; my friend and I ate in the front bay windows, watching the people on their way home from work or heading out on the town while we drank wine and talked about politics. So yeah; this weekend is off to a marvelous start.