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DIY and the use of Plastic, UPVC and Perspex.

DIY Daddy

“Nowadays the use of plastic in DIY and all jobs around the home is bigger than ever. Where metal, wood and other materials were previously the chosen material, it seems that the use of UPVC, plastic and perspex have taken over.This is my list of DIY jobs that now use the new materials, along with the benefits of doing so.The benefits of using plastic, UPVC or perspex are simple. They are low maintenance and last a lot longer than the more traditional materials. With wood or metal, they require painting on a regular basis. Yet that’s not the case with the new materials so here are a few examples of where you can use perspex, UPVC or plastic   1. If you … Read the rest

Lessons Learned from Designing an Escape Room

We’ve been hard at work polishing our portable escape room kit and have come up with a few tips for anyone trying to do the same thing.

#1: Febreze and ventilation

You want as much air flow as possible. When you have multiple people moving energetically in a small space, even the nicer-smelling ones will start to give off the aroma of human body. Air flow is your friend. Febreze is also your friend.

#2: Robust furniture

You don’t want to set up with grandma’s fine porcelain on display over the mantelpiece. Players will pick up and turn over and knock anything and everything they can while looking for clues. I’ve seen Ikea chairs completely dismantled. The corollary is that furniture and light fixtures that look … Read the rest

Cold-press Chicory Coffee

When my brother was in Americorps he was stationed for a time in rural Louisiana to help with the aftermath of a hurricane. This was before Katrina. He brought back some cans of chicory coffee, which is a popular tourist item to purchase. The story is that during the Civil War, when the Union Navy had a blockade against the city of New Orleans, regular coffee was very expensive and some resorted to mixing ground, roasted chicory root in with their coffee.

My mother loved the stuff. although I bet she loved the novelty more than the taste. I found the taste of fresh-brewed chicory coffee to be like ‘truck stop coffee’ or ‘4pm office coffee’ – the kind that has been sitting all day on … Read the rest

The Secret Life Of Machines

A wonderful, charming, inspiring educational series about basic mechanical engineering

From Wikipedia: :The Secret Life of Machines is an educational television series presented by Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod, in which the two explain the inner workings and history of common household and office machinery.[1] According to Hunkin, the show’s creator, the programme was developed from his comic strip The Rudiments of Wisdom, which he researched and drew for the Observer newspaper over a period of 14 years. Three separate groupings of the broadcast were produced and originally shown between 1988 and 1993 on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, with the production subsequently airing on The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel.”… Read the rest