Living far from public utilities, I designed and built my house to collect rain water, store it in a cistern and gravity-feed the few basic plumbing fixtures that we had. Story and photos.
I designed my solar-powered house around RV products. Solar panels charged marine-duty batteries through a charge controller. The batteries operated 12-volt computers, fluorescent lights and fans.
Advertising is one of the most challenging kinds of writing. It needs to attract at the beginning, hold attention throughout, and instill conviction by the end.
Every online e-commerce website needs a shopping cart—review of PrestaShop.
Is the manufacturer's tire pressure specification exactly right for you? What if you have aftermarket tires? Here are ways to test if your tires are at the perfect pressure.
A solar eclipse was coming to a remote Indonesian village—and so was I. According to local culture, the moon was swallowing the sun!
The average automotive hobbyist can do a passable DIY seat repair to prevent further damage. My technique depends on whether the rip borders on a seam or not.
Do you know the features of the Photo Capsule well enough to stand out from the crowd? Can you optimize your photos for SEO and use thumbnails in your slideshow?
HubPages’ community sets it apart from other sites. What factors contribute to the sense of community? How does participating help me personally? What happens when these factors are lacking or abused?
Advanced techniques of using the HubPages Amazon and eBay capsules make page layout easier, improve visual appeal and increase sales revenue. Learn to improve your product sales pages, procedural hubs and any other hubs that contain ad capsules.
Test your plumbing vocabulary with this toilet-shaped crossword puzzle containing 58 words. It includes clues and the solution.
You can use copper sulfate through an installed cleanout or septic field pump to unclog the lines and fields in your septic tank system when they get blocked by tree roots.
Lower water consumption and water heating bills. Conserve water and natural resources while saving on energy. Install environment-friendly 1.5-2.0 gpm low-flow shower heads, a plumbing DIY project.
Have you tried to count the varieties of BBQ sauce at the grocery store? Do you know how many claim to be the original, traditional, old-fashioned style? One day I simply decided I was going to make my own.
The Maleo is an endangered bird found in Indonesia. It incubates its eggs in sand warmed by the sun or volcanic action. Unlike other megapodes, it has more colorful plumage and a distinctive bony structure on its head.
The Dusky Scrubfowl of Indonesia is a typical megapode. The male builds a distinctive compost pile in which the female lays rather large eggs. The decaying matter warms the eggs; the male simply monitoring correct temperature and relative humidity.
One purpose of a vacation is to get away from the routines of cooking and familiar restaurants. Eating ethnic cuisines and experiencing local ambience, however, can be one of the most expensive and time-consuming parts of a vacation.
The Moluccan Scrubfowl is a vulnerable species of bird found only in Indonesia. It is mostly terrestrial, forages in the hills and lays its eggs in beach sand. The eggs are left unattended and the chicks can fend for themselves when hatched.
The purpose of a vacation is to get a change of some sort, a change of pace or perspective. This usually involves travel away from the usual surroundings and day-to-day routines. Travel is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
The purpose of a vacation is to get away from the day-to-day grind for a change of pace. That means more than a day trip, so you’ll need a play to stay. Accommodations are one of the most expensive parts of a vacation.
Vacations are for doing something else for a change—something that you’re not used to, haven’t done for a long time or want to do more of. You’ll want to save as much as you can on activities, amusements and attractions.
"Dear Flight Attendant Tammy—I hope you know that you possess an astonishing radiant beauty…” Flipping the boarding pass over, it read, Garrison Keillor. Humph, whoever, she thought to herself. And she’d never even heard of A Prairie Home Companion!
What is required to copy edit? What should a foreign language proofreader look for? If an author knows more about the language than about the mechanics of document preparation, a skilled copy editor can help the writer without knowing the language!
As Americans became increasingly safety-conscious, automakers stopped making convertibles. This opened a niche market for coachbuilders, with at least five companies converting Toyota Celica coupes to produce about 3,000 custom Celica convertibles.
Parents worldwide recite or sing nursery rhymes and other traditional verse to their children. This one comes from a remote island and culture in Indonesia—believed to be endemic—far removed from the birthplace of other nursery rhymes.
The soliloquy is an unusual genre in modern literature. This one was written by a 16-yr-old who witnessed death on the basketball court. Speaking to no-one in particular, she reveals her inner anguish, grieving process and moral conclusion.
A unique three-ingredient recipe for cheesy hash browns. This one uses no soup or other liquid and is fried, not baked.
Every sweet potato casserole recipe is different. This one has fruity surprises folded into it. As a family favorite, it doubles as a dessert. At holiday potlucks, it is sure to bring comment.
Driving in the Philippines requires attention to unwritten rules of the road as well as driving regulations. This compilation of anecdotes, at once serious and humorous, will keep you on the right side of the road and help reduce stress.
You can re-dye the carpet to its original color or spray on a coating of a different color instead of replacing your “dying” carpet. Do this yourself to save money!
Everyone knows that an assassin’s bullet ended Robert F. Kennedy’s bid for the Presidency. It is widely known that RFK—the senator from New York—announced his candidacy in March 1968. But do you know when Bobby first made that decision?
Indonesian culture and customs determine how traffic regulations are interpreted and applied. Driving on the left is the most obvious, but observing the subtle and humorous unwritten rules of the road will reduce stress as you travel in Indonesia.
It is quite common for most of us to know someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. And there are sign language schools, but how many of us realize that there are hundreds of deaf sign languages! Or that Deaf History Month is March 13 to April 15.
Most impact torque wrenches are used for lug nuts on the wheels of a car. The varieties are cordless, 12-v outlet, corded, and pneumatic. It could make a good gift for Father's Day, Christmas, or a birthday.
Today the term gymkhana is only rarely used in motorsports, and then for events that differ slightly from today’s Solo autocrosses. My Dad first took me to a gymkhana about forty years ago....
Follow-up is key to nurturing news sources and making them aware of the significance of the work they are doing. The overall purpose of follow-up is to display our publicity version of a news item, both for accountability and in order to open the channel for attracting further news items.
One day you’re tooling past a large parking lot and suddenly you realize there’s a Corvette out there swerving back and forth, squealing tires as it weaves through a sea of orange traffic cones randomly strewn across the entire lot.
All about flash-frozen fish to flash-frozen vegetables. Clarence Birdseye sold the patent for the flash-freeze method he developed for $22 million. Do you know the story?
The United Nations has declared February 21 to be International Mother Language Day. It has been celebrated every year since 2000. The article presents little-known facts about languages.
In the USA, the average five-year survivor rate for all kinds of cancer is now above 50%, double what it was in the 1940’s. But what about other countries--especially those with lower per capita incomes?
The 1981 Toyota Celica convertible coupe is a legendary and rare car. American Custom Coachworks of Beverly Hills, California, produced approximately 900 of these beauties. Few remain today.
Is socioeconomic class something we are born into and that cannot be changed? Attitudes towards socioeconomic class vary.
The original immigrants and forefathers of America sought the freedom to chart their own destinies. In the 21st century, a few succeed in sports or the entertainment industry. Most of us prefer the relative safety of earning a steady wage or salary. Today the bootstrap entrepreneur is rare.
Lottery news is displayed every day on the evening news. Drawings abound, ever more organized, grandiose and commonplace. More money is disbursed for college “scholarships” by drawing in a raffle than by competition.
The entitlement generation believes they are owed something—by parents, schools, government, employers and anyone else in authority. They have been conditioned to claim more rights than they deserve.
The Money Grows on Hubs Contest provided an excellent data corpus for statistical analysis. Staff Picks were selected from among the daily entries. These are the cream of the crop—the hubs to study as models.
Investments earn money; costs spend money. Investment costs erode investment earnings, so minimizing those costs will preserve your earnings. If you take away even one or two ideas that you want to pursue, the article will be worthwhile.
This year, each of my grown children and I have been involved in auto accidents. Each of the cars was old enough that a moderate hit was more expensive to repair than an insurance company figures the car is worth. Our experiences varied and might surprise you.
Nobody likes to have an auto accident, not even a minor fender-bender. It is possible, however, to come out of a fender-bender with hundreds of dollars that you can save towards the purchase of your next car.
A budget blooper is something that was not in the budget, is significant enough to bloop it, and could be avoided if there were a strategy to deal with it. Budget planning in the simplest sense involves placing limits on what you want to spend over a given time period.
Save on Easter lilies! When Easter has passed, the potted flowers that many churches use to adorn the front are available to be taken home. They can be recycled for garden planting.
There are many ways to save money at the grocery store. Many of our household items are bought there as well. This article presents tips for saving on groceries and online shopping.
The purposes of a vacation are to break the routine, get a change of pace, get a different perspective on one's life and have fun doing so. The four most expensive elements present in most vacations are: transportation, lodging, meals and activities.
The budget is useless unless you evaluate how you’re doing. There’s no way to tell unless you keep track of income and expenses and compare the actual to what was planned. There are several cash management techniques that make budgeting and living within the family budget easier.
The four essential steps of budgeting differ for college students than for other people. It is easier because there are fewer categories to budget for, but harder because there is such little control over the big expenses.
How much to save towards the purchase of a new house depends on the approach taken to home ownership: a "nice" house, starting small, or urban living.
Tax planning during your college years can influence your financial aid package and give your retirement fund a graduation gift! It takes discipline and flexibility to make it work, but it’s a win-win in the end.
Traditional wisdom maintains that for most people, their house is their greatest asset. But if a retirement portfolio is supposed to gradually move from about 90% stocks in youth to perhaps 30% stocks in retirement, what slice of the portfolio pie does the house occupy?
How much should you save toward your next car purchase? The IRS uses a standard mileage rate for reimbursement. You can "charge yourself" for mileage and save that towards new car savings.
“She’s engaged!” Now you need to get serious about saving for a wedding. The average wedding costs waaay too much. First, I question the statistics, and second, I’m not average. (Neither are Kate Middleton and the royal family.) Are you average? Take my poll and find out.
Even professional money-managers find it difficult to tell whether a stock is high and going down or low and going up. How is the average investor supposed to proceed if he wants something more than index funds or target funds? This method takes the guesswork out, and it works best in a volatile...
Income must exceed expenses. When it doesn’t, expenses must shrink to fit income. Organize your finances to support your plan: Don’t spend what you don’t have. Expect the unexpected. Automate your finances. Pay off monthly balances in full. Know your weaknesses and don’t tempt yourself!
Housing bubble lowered your property value? Still being taxed like when it was worth more? Do you think that tax appeals are just for cheats and you would never be so unethical? Answers plus...
The typical US college student graduates with a lot of debt. The Question: Should I pay off my student debt as soon as possible? Or should I drag it out the full ten years?
What you do with the rewards from credit cards makes more difference than which type of reward program you have. Plan to earn the maximum rewards and to multiply rewards when you redeem them.
How much do you lose if your home is foreclosed? What if your leased classy chassis is repossessed? What if you majored in Philosophy in college, and nobody is hiring philosopers now? Finance only what will appreciate!