Machete Handle Replacement


Last summer we had a few great garden bonfires. On one occasion one of my son’s friends was chopping some branches for the fire and left the machete on the ground next to the branches.

When it was dark I just picked up the branches and tossed them onto the fire. The next day I was searching around for my machete and couldn’t find it anywhere. I even looked in the fire, but couldn’t see it first time. It was only when I raked through the ashes that I found my (once) lovely machete destroyed! I wanted to put a decent handle back on it – so came up with the idea of using an axe handle – which worked brilliantly.

The picture below shows the end result:


and here’s a video of what I did:

Ladder Support over Conservatory or Porch Roof



I had a problem with my solar thermal panels not working. To add to that problem, access to the panels was over a glass porch roof. The last time I had to get scaffolding it cost over £500 (+$750) for the privilege – so I looked around for a much cheaper option. The need was for something that was temporary, secure, safe and could be made by me. I did a bit of research and couldn’t find any useful ideas. So I came up with this one. I tested it and asked the engineer if he was happy to use it – which he was as long as I stood on the base of the ladder for safety. It worked very well and cost me less than £30 to make.

Here’s a video of it:


Camping Skillet- Adding a Longer Handle

I wanted to use a nice cast iron frying pan/ skillet for my canoeing and Urban Craft open fire cooking. I ended up using a relatively expensive, redundant frying pan, but the handle was too short – so I added an extension handle. This was made from an old piece of satellite/ tv aerial support pipe. This pipe is hollow – so I can insert a pole to give a really long extension if required.

Video footage for this: