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This Used to be a Pool

reddit user TorbenBusk had a novel idea on how to get the most use out of an old, outdated indoor pool.  Close it up, cover it, and add an entire extra living space (that’s about 8 inches shorter then the other side of the room).

Pool Room 1

The above is the final product, complete with furniture, painted walls, and a baby Christmas Tree.

Here is what it used to look like:

Pool Room, with pool

It doesn’t look that appetizing does it.  Sure it’s an indoor pool, but I don’t know how well I would trust it.  It just looks like it’s cold, and dirty, and like someplace people haven’t enjoyed for years.  Originally, him and his wife purchased the building because for the (theoretical floor space), it was cheaper than getting a house with no pool.  You see, this pool has all the characteristics I mentioned above, which despite the fact that it’s an indoor pool, detract from the total value of the home.

Pool framing

His plan all along was to make this a reversible decision, should he, or a future owner ever decide they want an indoor pool again.  He also wanted to make it closed off, without the strange echo of a void below the floor, you know, this way he can keep things under there.

Check out the imgur album he made going over the entire process, it’s not too long, but he has detailed information about most of the steps he did, and the reasoning behind them, along with the, “I’m doing this myself I’ve had enough, I’m just gonna put 17 screws into it” mentality.

DIY photo science strange

22nd Century Art

How would you like to be a part of a 100 year long photography project?  Well, Team Titanic, out in Berlin is about to start up a 100 year long project.  It’s not something that you would expect either.  Or even something that you could figure out easily.  They are planning to release 100 pin hole cameras into the wild hands of the public, and have them set up to take one single photo with an exposure time of 100 years.  That’s 3.156 x 109 seconds.  That’s a long ass time.


That’s what one of the cameras looks like.  Next week, the public will be able to pay $13.75 to reserve a camera.  They will be tasked with placing the camera somewhere where it will be likely to last 100 years.  They (each owner of the camera), should only tell one person, later in life, who should do the same.  Until the summer of 2114 that is.  When hopefully 100 middle aged people will remember where they all are and develop the photos.  Hopefully even more, everything about the cameras themselves will last.  From being out in the elements for 100 years, to the actual building they’re attached to still existing…

I like the idea.  It’s pretty neat, I don’t really know how it will turn out.  But then again, no one alive really knows how it will turn out, and I guess that’s the appeal to it all.

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LEGO Traffic Light

LEGO Traffic 1

Instructables user Baron von Brunk has constructed a fully functional LEGO Traffic light.  Not a mini one either, a large scale version.  Possibly for a go-kart track or something.  It is nearly life sized, but I would guess that it’s not weather proof, and wouldn’t last out doors for long.

Using nearly 1,800 LEGO Bricks, the Traffic light is pretty basic, and the only non-LEGO parts are those that control the lighting.  I particularly like that feature of it as so many things are partially constructed with LEGOs, but use special pieces, or modified pieces.

LEGO inside

The Instructable itself is very meticulous, especially for only being 4 steps long, but all the files needed to construct this yourself are included, as well as links on where to buy some of the needed parts.


DIY science video

DIY Glue Gun

Ben Heck has tackled one of the more annoying aspects of simple DIY projects – glue guns.

It’s a two part episode clocking in at about 30 minutes, but worth the watch because it give you insight as to things you’d never think about when you think about making an automated glue gun.  I’d probably try to make it, or buy it just for the anti-dripping feature of it alone.  That’s super annoying.

As for the trigger extrusion method, I like it at first, but I think it would end up using more glue then you’d want to in the end easily that is.

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