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April 12, 2014

Saturday Home Improvement & DIY Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse & Countrysquire]

Good afternoon and welcome to the second edition of the HI/DIY thread.

I should note in this post and will do so in all the posts which follow, that the mention of any specific tool/product, or brand of tool/product, in no way constitutes an endorsement of the product by myself or the proprietor of this blog.

The highlighting of any specific tool/product is purely for the sake of informing readers that such a product exists and in no way suggests, unless specifically noted, that I have ever personally interacted with the tool/product.

Please make your tool/product purchases wisely and do not rely upon the inane scribblings of some chick who rents her home for guidance.

There. I feel better now.

On with the show!

Here at the HQ there are certain themes that are a given and are understood by all as being paramount to life as a Moron or Moronette: booze, bacon, and boobs are the most recognized of these but, might I suggest, that another natural element fit in beside them. A byproduct of the need for nourishment, it has served well throughout all of mankind. It has provided shelter and clothing, it has allowed us to tame the beasts and, most importantly, it holds up your trousers each day. The wonderful, aromatic, versatile-as-all-get-out material to which I refer is leather.

It is my opinion that leather has gotten short shrift around these parts and I am about to remedy that forthwith. Here are a few suggestions as to how even the lowliest DIYer can incorporate leather into their home:

Okay, so those aren't exactly the manliest uses of leather, but it's a start. You don't think John Wayne came out of the womb wearing chaps do you?

I searched for a list of cool new power tools for 2014 and found this list from Tools of the Trade. I also stumbled across this little gadget and I think it looks quite cool. There may be other brands producing the same type of products, so perform your research accordingly.

You're sending your kid off to college and, of course, there's an Ikea just down the road from the university. How can you take that off-the-rack cheapo furniture and make it into something special? Well, there are websites dedicated to the task. A simple 'Bing' search for "Ikea hacks" will yield millions of results. The Ikea Hackers site has ideas and how-to's for virtually any product they make and shows the type of creative thought that, frankly, I don't possess.

So, now the kids are off to college with their Ikea hacks and their closet full of hoodies and you're thinking it might be time to downsize. Do you really need that 2,600 sq ft split-level ranch in the burbs? Wouldn't it be nice to live more efficiently? And, oh how you'd love to travel.

Sure, they have wheels, but don't dare call them trailers. (Pshaw!) As we already know, only hillbillies and rednecks live in trailers.

These, my dears, are concise, upscale living in a mobile design and, for just a meager $48k, you too can own this 232 sq ft gem on wheels:

Not to your liking, well there are tiny homes of all shapes and sizes to be had at TinyHouseListings.com. Some are so cute that they are actually tempting. Then, of course, I remember that I have a full bedroom dedicated to a dressing area and I snap back to reality.

Duct Tape: What can't it do? (There's even a use that might suit Scott Brown's fancy.)

Although, this may be my favorite non-traditional use for the product:

This, however, may be yours:

And for the Moronettes:

Please feel free to send any complaints or commendations to us at Twitter: Nied's Dead Horse and Countrysquire.

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