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AC Unit Disguise

In my friend’s backyard sits a dilapidated, weathered, and visually unappealing air conditioning unit. As a favor, and what proved to be a break from job applications, I agreed to construct “something that will hide that ugly thing.” That was about the extent of my direction.
Said AC Unit
I started by perusing the internet for inspiration. I decided a simple wood slat fence would look great! With the approval of my plans, I proceeded with the measuring, purchasing, and preparing of the materials. The list of those materials:

StockQty4”x4”x10’ Pressure treated post22”x2”x10’21”x6”x10’6Post Hole Foam Bag4
I first dug four 12” deep holes. Because the fence is not load bearing I figured this depth would suffice. I had a Home Depot Associate make the cuts for my posts because I did not have the tools at my friend’s house. I used a post-hole foam to set the posts. It turned out to be much easier and just as solid as a concrete mix for this purpose.


Leveled Posts Framing the AC Unit
Once dry, I…
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The Grand Canyon! The Big Ditch! The Most Beautiful Place I Have Ever Been!

Between July 29th and August 17th, I went on the most exciting trip I have ever been on, a private trip with some of my best friends rafting the Grand Canyon for 15 nights and 16 days. You might notice those dates don't add up to 15 nights and 16 days. That is because the trip started bright and early the morning of July 29th with a 17 hour drive from Boulder, CO to Flagstaff, AZ in my good friend's, Spencer Lacy's, school/river bus.

The planning/packing that went into the trip is an endeavor I don't necessarily want to write about, though it was quite a feat! After our drive we arrived at a Walmart parking lot in which we slept for the night with plans to get up early and get to the river put-in. That is just what we did, after we picked up a handful of friends from the airport and one rental raft from a nearby gear shop. At the put-in, we proceeded to rig the rafts and unload the bus.

Said School Bus at Lee's Ferry (the put-in)
The first few days of the trip were…

The Roof Top Tent

The Build I decided one afternoon just before finals week that I wanted to build a roof top tent for my car. This was going to be used on an upcoming road trip. My initial thought was that I could do it all for under $100. I didn't realize how intense the project would get with only 8 days to complete it. Luckily my friend Luke was willing to endure some long hours both in the shop making the hinges and in the garage sewing. We built the entire thing from scratch. Scrap metal and a little time in the machine shop produced a pair of hinges (the second iteration will be better). A 4' by 8' piece of plywood was the starting point for the base. The hardware came from Home Depot. The tent material I got from ripstopbytheroll.com. All of this was done for under $100. The padding sent me over budget by about $70. I bought a couple of mattress toppers from Target. Still, the project was done for about $725 less than a new RTT would cost for my car. And that's the cheap model! …