- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Cool Springs Press (June 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591865956
- ISBN-13: 978-1591865957
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Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency: DIY Projects to Get Your Self-Reliant Lifestyle Started Paperback – June 15, 2014
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Before you install the ap, take the one item that is most irresistible to your dog and go to the other side of the door. Slowly wave the goody just under your dog’s nose and lure him toward you through the door. Give your dog the come command in a cheerful and encouraging manner. Once your dog is stepping through the dog door like it’s no big deal, install the ap. Go to the side of the door opposite your dog, pull the ap toward you just a bit, and lure your dog as you did when the door was wide open. Do this a few times so your dog gets used to the feel of the ap against his body, then just call your dog to go through the door, ap and all. Any time you hit a snag, go back to the last point your dog behaved reliably, and train slowly from there.
Measure the largest animal that will be using your door and purchase a pet door that is a little larger. Measure a dog’s breadth across the shoulders and depth between shoulder and bottom of rib cage. Center the template that comes with the pet door on the lower middle of the human door. The ideal height of a dog door top is about 2" above the standing dog’s shoulders. For structural reasons, the cutout should not fall below 3" from the bottom of the human door. Center the template with a measuring tape. Level with a torpedo level, tape in place, and draw cutout lines and bolt hole locations. Remove the template.
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f the pet door straddles a rail and a recessed panel or panels, you’ll need to even out the opening so the door has a flat installation surface. Measure the depth of the panel relative to the rails with a ruler and a board held across the rails of the door. Rip-cut strips of blocking to this thickness out of ¾"-thick stock. Measure and cut the blocking to length to fill low panel areas and glue pieces of blocking around the opening. Put blocking on each side of the opening for pet doors with both an interior and an exterior trim kit.
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"If you are one of the many backyard farmers, this book has 30 projects to help you enjoy the fruits of your labors. Peterson (Building with Secondhand Stuff) and Schmidt (The Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects) lend their considerable expertise to these plans. Clear, step-by-step instructions are paired with large photos. The projects are very doable, even for beginners. Sections cover food prep and storage, outdoor building projects, and small animal enclosures. However, this collection has odd choices. Some projects really stand out, such as the cider press, manual laundry washer, solar still, loom, and strawberry planter with mesh cover, but others appear less related?"doggy-door installation, kit shed, fire pit, etc. The designs related to raising bees or chickens are better covered by specialized books, such as Kim Flottum's Backyard Beekeeper or Storey Publishing's The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals. VERDICT This is a well-organized book with great instructions, but unless one is hunting actively for these particular projects, it falls a little flat. Recommended where variety is desired." ?" Library Journal
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Enter Mr. Peterson's book. It has many projects for those like us who want to learn how to do things for themselves. The title says it all. The projects are not too difficult, could be done in a weekend, and seem to work well. It has easy to follow directions with helpful diagrams and color pictures.
Neat and useful projects. Would recommend.
Great quality photos that show what you need to see.
I found I was doing several things wrong so the book not only showed me a better way but also helped repair a number of things with their information