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How To Build A Kick-Ass BBQ Pit In Your Backyard

When the sun is shining and you want to host a BBQ party, imagine that¬†when the guests arrive they witness you, tending to your self-built flame throwing BBQ pit as you cook up some ribs for the masses. That dream can be a reality with just a little hard work, effort and with this quick guide for how to build a kick ass BBQ pit in your own backyard. Even if you don’t have construction experience, you can still complete this straight forward project with great results.

What You Will Need

Here’s the equipment you will need to have before you start;

  • Shovel
  • Spirit Level
  • 48¬†Bricks, same size (depending on space used and height)
  • Stainless Steel Grill, to measure
  • Concrete
  • Mallet
  • Sand
  • Large Metal Tray

Level of Difficulty

The build itself is not a highly difficult build, it is straight forward and as long as you keep measuring the level of your brickwork then anyone can do this. The job is pretty labor intensive, a lot of moving and carrying bricks can put strain on the back and on the legs so bear that in mind before starting and ask someone to help you if you are worried about the heavy lifting.

The Build

To start with we are going to build the outer walls of our BBQ pit, prepare the ground first by digging around 8 inches into the earth around your marked pit area, use some sand to put in the crevice and place your first bricks for your 3-sided outer. Continue to build the bricks up using your cement and ensuring to criss-cross the joining of the bricks for stability. Each time you have completed a layer, use your spirit level to check if it is straight, if it isn’t then concrete will still be wet enough to alter it a little. Once your wall has reached the sufficient level, usually just above your waistline then it is time to start on the inner part of our pit.

Follow the same process for the inner walls as you did for the outer area of our pit and slowly start to build up the brickwork of the interior. When you get around halfway up the outer wall it is time to place your metal tray, this will be where the fire will sit for your BBQ, there should be a greater distance between the floor and the fire than the BBQ grill itself and the fire so bear that in mind. To place the metal tray simply push it into the wet concrete on either side of the brick work. If you wish to be able to remove the tray for cleaning purposes then use 6 nails, 3 either side, and push them into the wet cement, once the cement dries you can simply move the metal tray as you like.

After this continue to build up the brickwork before placing the stainless steel grill, there should only be one layer of bricks above the grill to hold it in position and you should follow the same steps that you did with the metal tray to place the grill into the BBQ.

This of course is just the quickest and simplest way of creating a cool BBQ pit in your backyard, you can get far more creative or create bigger and better BBQ’s if you so wish, don’t be daunted, anyone can do it.

How To Get Your Children Interested In DIY

Getting children interested in DIY can give both you and your children endless hours of fun as you start new projects and create things from scratch for the home. Your job when it comes to DIY is to make it exciting for the kids and to stop them from thinking that it is some form of chore. There are several ways that you can get your children to show an interest in DIY and here are some tips on how to spark their imagination.

Start a Project

The best way to get your kids involved in DIY is to simply get started and get them involved, the key here is that they choose the project, give them four or five options and let them decide what they would like to create. Make sure the project is to make something that will benefit them, something for their room, a toy or even a figure of their favorite princess or action hero. By choosing something that will benefit your child then they are more likely to buy into the project and feel excited about it.

Toy Replacement

If there is a particular toy or toy series that they are interested in right now then instead of heading out to the shops to buy what they want, consider making them. I can remember years ago when there was a huge demand for Tracey Island, the headquarters of the Thunderbirds, stock was limited and then all of a sudden a TV program showed every one how they could make their own and before we knew it every had made their very own Tracey Island. Such is the way of the internet these days you can find a guide for almost anything so once you’ve decided on the toy that you’re going to make, check online to see if there is a step-by-step guide to help you.

Treat

Whilst you are trying to get your child involved with DIY, it is important that you still offer them treats every now and again for their hard work, this will encourage them to continue doing it before deciding whether they like it or not. Remember that when you do DIY projects at home, you are saving money by not having to pay someone to do work for you so you can spend a little of the money that you’ve saved on your budding DIY expert.

Excitement

It is absolutely vital that when teaching your child DIY skills that you keep it exciting, the last thing you or your child needs is to be arguing or fighting as a result of doing a boring part of the job. It is up to you to keep the fun going, be silly, tell jokes or whatever it takes to keep things light hearted and fun, naturally there will be times when you need to be serious, when it comes to safety advice and so on but in general you need to keep the fun going whilst teaching your kids.

Cheap And Hassle-Free Guide To Making A Built In Corner Bookshelf

When it comes to maximizing space in the home you need to think creatively and search for additional ways to create space that doesn’t appear to be there. One of the best ways of doing this is to utilize the corners of rooms and also the height of the room, very often people place small items in the corner which looses all of the space that the corner has to offer. On of my favorite ways to make use of this space is to make a bookshelf to sit in the corner of the room, when done right it doesn’t look it uses any space at all and actually becomes a part of the room as opposed to an object inside it. If you fancy installing a corner bookshelf then don’t panic about paying big bucks from a furniture store, simply follow this simple guide to help you make and install your own.

Measuring

To create your bookshelf you first need to decide how large it is going to be, make sure that this is proportional to the size of the room, the bookshelf should take up about a third of each wall for it to look the best. The bookshelf looks best if it goes right the way up to the ceiling, leave a gap of around 5 inches from the ceiling when measuring. Once you have measured for the outer frame, you can measure for the shelves that you want, the amount is entirely up to you but you should aim for the distance between each shelf to be the same for the best results.

Equipment

Once you’ve measured for your bookshelf it is time to get the equipment, for the cheapest but best wood, you should be looking to buy MDF, it is very flexible and has great value. Most DIY stores will cut the wood to size if you give them the measurements, this will save you money on buying or renting equipment like saws. Other equipment that you will need are;

  • Nails
  • Nail gun
  • Sanding block
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level

The Build

To start off the build you should place lengths of wood on each wall at both the top of where you frame will go, and the bottom, this is how you will attach the bookshelf to the wall. Next you should nail the outer frame to the lengths of wood that are on the wall, use your spirit level to ensure they are straight. Once you have the outer frame completed, you should start getting the shelves ready, the easiest way of placing the shelves is to put small lengths of wood, the same length as the shelves, below where each shelf will go, use a pencil to measure the distances. Once you have this in place you can start placing the shelves on the wooden slats, you don’t need to nail the shelves down, they will be fine just sitting on the slats. One of the sides should have longer shelves than the other, this will ensure that the corner has full coverage, if your shelves are too snug or don’t fit properly then simply use a sanding block to trim them down a touch.

Decorate

If you wish to paint the bookshelf then do this before starting and allow plenty of time to dry, the same goes for adding any designs on the sides. Once your bookshelf is ready then you can start adding the books or items that you wish to put on your shelves. Remember that if the shelves are empty then you will lose the effect so if you don’t have sufficient books then place ornaments or photos on the shelves to fill them up.