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Turn a Rear Projection TV into a 2000ºF death ray.

Finally a use for huge rear projection Televisions – 2000 degree death ray.

It usually does not sense to move these monster and definitely does not make sense to repair them. I often see them on the side of the road or have them offered to me on moving estimates. Inside is a death ray AKA a Fresnel lens. This can be used to focus the sun’s rays to a focal point. Also inside are some other interesting items that could be salvaged: optics Speakers, plexiglass, etc. You could mention this to a prospective new owner when you plan to get rid of unwanted items before you move.

Upcycle your bubblewrap as window insulation or window shades.

It’s that time of year It’s getting a little colder. What to do with the leftover bubble wrap or bubblewrap you have from unpacking from your move?

If you have not gotten window shades yet, you could use a bed sheet or insulating bubblewrap. The clear bubble wrap will distort the view from any prying eyes. And allow some light in.

This article states that it cuts the heat loss in half for windows. If you buy the bubblewrap new The article states that ROI is two months.

bubble wrap window insulation article on



Make a four poster cat bed from a junk piece of furniture

Change your perspective and flip over a common piece of furniture to make this cat bed:

cat bed 087 (Small)cat bed from a junk piece of furniture

Moving your goods via bicycle

The bicycle is an efficient way to get around. The bicycle is the “fad that lasted”. And people have moved the contents of their home via human powered bikes with trailers. Big things too, such as mattresses and pianos and sofas.

Here is a “how to” guide by Portland’s SHIFT

Below is a StreetFilms video of a Portland, Oregon self move from almost a decade ago:


And there are a few companies that will move you professionally by bike.

Montréal, Quebec, Canada (514) 800-2149 since 2008

Boston, Massachusetts, USA (800) 442-6863 since Jan 2012. They have locations across the country maybe they will be offering at their expanded NYC office soon?

Gothenburg & Malmo, Sweden Mar 2012? 040-616 06 55

Kansas City, MO, USA (816) 842-7700 since Mar 2012

DIY Tissue dispenser for a roll of Toilet paper

Sorry George Costanza there have been yet even more advances in toilet paper …

Use your toilet paper roll box as tissues for your nose. Instead of carrying around a toilet paper roll, reuse a square tissue box.

  • Open the tissue box
  • Cut out or pull out the center tube of the toilet paper roll
  • Place toilet paper roll in tissue box.  Pull tissue from the center through the tissue box opening
  • Tape the box closed

You can also use Scott Naturals™ Tube-Free Bath Tissue , so there is no roll to be removed.

Video here for these instructions:

There are also more permanent toilet  / bath paper roll to tissue dispenser products on amazon:

Or you can skip using the old toilet paper box and keep the outside from unwinding by taping or wrapping in cardboard/ paperboard or card stock. See Instructables instructions:

Now you have reused your tissue box  You will save from buying extra packaging in the future for tissue box purchases. Best of all you will save money and never run out of “tissues” again.

Or when I reuse You

Or when I reuse You

Happy Earth day.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink.

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