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PVC pipes are incredibly versatile. You don’t have to look hard to find hundreds of creative ways to use them. We’ve compiled some of our favorite PVC hacks and project ideas here — just click the links for in-depth instructions on each one!

Tool Organizer

PVC pipe can be utilized in many ways to clear up your garage or shed space.

PVC Pipe Tool Organizer
For this garden tool organizer, check out Newly Woodwards.

DIY Drill Lock

Family Handyman has a great tutorial for this drill dock.

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Organizer with Lid

To store small odds and ends, cut a pipe to get the right length and diameter, glue one end cap in place, and label the pipe with whatever you want to store in it. This tip is from Tom Richardson on Family Handyman.

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Tomato Cages

PVC pipes make great tomato cages and can be broken down for easier storage in the winter months.

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Here's tutorials from Tom Matkey and Instructables.

Shovel Grip

Get a better grip on a straight-handled shovel or other tool by epoxying a 1-in. PVC tee to the end of the handle.

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Move Heavy Objects

Move heavy objects. Use 3 PVC pipes to easily move heavy objects, from rocks to hot tubs to sheds. Family Handyman details how to do this, as well as other tips for moving heavy objects.

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Instructions available at Family Handyman.

Fishing Rod Rack

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Family Handyman and BD Outdoors have great tutorials for this project.

Soccer Goal

PVC pipes make a great soccer goal for at-home practice.

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Find instructions at Six Sisters Stuff.

Long-reach Vacuum

Family Handyman gives the idea to use PVC pipe as a vacuum-hose extender to reach high or narrow spots. You can use rubber 'reducer' couplings, also found in the plumbing aisle, to connect your vacuum hose to different size pipe.

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Planter

PVC pipes make great planters for succulents, herbs, flowers, or other plants. 

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Check out these planters at Leigh Laurel Studios.

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Copper PVC Wall Planter instructions available at Craft Bits.

Backyard Movie Screen

You can use PVC pipe to make a screen to project movies onto for a fun outdoor summer activity.

PVC Backyard Movie Screen
Find instructions by At Charlotte's House.

Decor DIY projects

A little innovation and some spray paint can totally transform PVC pipe into amazing design projects.

PVC Projects
DIY Vases from Modge Podge Rocks.

 

PVC Craft Project
DIY wreath instructions are available at A Beautiful Mess.

 

This a just a sampling of all the ways you can use PVC pipe. There's no limit to the things you can make, so get those creative juices flowing. Hope these project ideas serve as a starting point or good inspiration for your next DIY project!

When Fishing Isn't Just About the Fish

You don't have to be a pro fisherman to go fishing. In fact, the best things about fishing often aren't the fish at all! Fishing can have a positive impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Here are some of the top benefits of fishing:

  • Physical activity. Depending on the type of fishing you do, fishing can be a good source of low-impact physical activity. Active fishing can burn around 200 calories per hour, but even just standing up while fishing is good for the body.
  • Bonding. Fishing provides an excellent opportunity for bonding with friends and family. It can especially be a great bonding tool between familial generations–grandparents or parents teaching their little one how to fish. Spending time with family contributes to feelings of security and well-being, and fishing is a great way to do that.
  • Boosts immune system. Sunlight is the primary way we get vitamin D, which plays an important role in bone formation, reduction of inflammation, and immune function. Spending the day fishing in the sun can help meet your body's vitamin D needs.
  • Promotes relaxation and stress relief. For many, fishing has proven to be a relaxing retreat from the fast pace of everyday life. Slow down, take a break from your responsibilities, absorb the beautiful nature scenery, and wait for the fish to bite.
  • Teaches patience and concentration. Some days the fish just don't bite. The sign of a good fisherman is having patience between bites and the perseverance to try again if you go home empty-handed. This is especially a good lesson for kids to learn, and fishing is a fun way to teach them.
  • Gets you out in nature. Fishing is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The fresh air, sunshine, and nature scenery can be a great mood booster. To enjoy it even more, use fishing as an opportunity to unplug from all your devices. Let the sights and sounds of nature refresh you.
  • Improves self-esteem. There's no better thrill than finally reeling in a fish after a good fight. Fishing provides an opportunity for you to set and reach goals, learn a new skill, and pass it on to others.
  • Protein source. Many recreational fishermen release most of what they catch, but if you decide to take some home, fish is a healthy protein source. It's low-fat, and several species are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and/or vitamin D. Just be sure to follow local laws and regulations about the harvest of fish!

If this post has convinced you to try a hand at fishing, come on down to our store. We have all your fishing needs–including fishing gear and live bait–and we'd love to answer any questions you have. Hope to see you soon, happy fishing!

How to Keep Your House Cool

Summer is a great time of outdoor fun and lounging in the sun, but it's always nice to come back inside the house and feel that rush of cold air. Here's some cost-effective ways to keep your home cool in the heat of the summer season:

  • Dehumidify. High humidity makes it feel a lot hotter than it actually is. To feel cooler in humid climates, use a dehumidifier and wear loose cotton clothing (or other natural fabrics).
  • Reduce and reflect sunlight. Direct sunlight into your home can increase the temperature. To keep sun out, use blinds, curtains, or reflective window panels.
  • Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use. Lightbulbs, appliances, and electronics all produce heat. Turning off and unplugging these heat-producers can lead to a cooler interior.
  • Be smart about doors and windows. If a room is cooler than the outside temperature, close the doors and windows. If it's cooler outside and you turn off the AC, open windows at both ends of the house. This is called cross-ventilation, and it lets air move freely throughout the whole structure. A good time for this is at night–summer nights are often much cooler than daytime hours.
  • Watch when you cook inside and do laundry. The oven/stove and the dryer are both heat multipliers, so try not to use them during the hottest hours of the day. For example, you could cook outside, bake at night instead of in the afternoon, and hang your wet laundry on a clothesline to dry.
  • Replace AC with ice and a fan. Placing a bowl of ice in front a fan makes for an instant makeshift air conditioner (one that's a lot cheaper than the real thing!).
  • Point box fans outside. If you use a box fan, point it out the window. Doing this pushes hot air out, which is often more effective in cooling your home than creating an artificial breeze.