The other day I went to change out our bathtub drain because the popup piece that stops the water appeared to be loose. I came to find out it was because the cross members were broken and the stopper didn’t have anything to connect to.
It is hard to see in the picture with the drain still in the bathtub (2), but you can see once it was pulled out what it looked like (1).
So the tool that I had on hand, a “Bathtub Drain Wrench”, (3) was useless.
I went to Home Depot in hopes of finding a solution and thankfully they had one. It was this tool here (4) and was located with all the other plumbing tools. It was called a “Bathtub Drain Extractor” and cost about $20.
After getting this tool the solution was easy. Pound it in with a hammer so the threads on it get stuck on the drain (5).
Use a socket wrench to unscrew the stuck tool and the drain comes out with it (6).
After the drain is removed; prep it up and place in the new drain.
Using the before mentioned tool, the “Bathtub Drain Wrench” makes it easy to screw in.
You could just use pliers or something simple like that to do this as well.
The tool just needs to be dropped into place and turned.
I happened to have a tent stake close by so that is what I used to turn it.
(See image on the left)
And then it is in as good as new. Screw the stopper on and we are good to go. (Images below)
The kids can use the tub again.
If you happen to live close by and would rather not spend the $20 to purchase the Tub Drain Extractor then you can rent it from me for just a couple of bucks. (I know I would rather have done that if I had the choice since I probably won’t be using it again.)
So I will let you use it.
Looking for awesome summer DIY projects to do with your family or maybe just by yourself? Here are some fun and easy summer DIY projects we’ve found that you might just find interesting! Disclaimer: the projects in this list might require a whole day or more to complete.
Difficulty: Advanced, Time: 2 Days
First on our list of summer DIY projects is, of course, a swimming pool. Before you get intimidated by the idea, building a swimming pool isn’t at all as difficult as it sounds. It also doesn’t have to be expensive either, if that’s what you’re thinking.
With just a little extra muscle from a friend or relative, some easy-to-find materials, and certain handy tools, you’ll be having a swimming pool in your backyard in no time and at a minimal cost.
According to this article by Neokentin of 1001 Pallets (Build a Swimming Pool Out of 40 Pallets), which shows step-by-step instructions on how to build your own swimming pool, you will only need these to get started:
- 40 Pallet Boards
- Gaffa/Duct Tape Pool Liner 9m x 7m
- Steel Cable
- Metal Plates to Stabilize the Corners
- Clarke Spe800 Rated Pump
- Plastic Pipes for Water Transfer
- Coach Bolts with Nuts
- 75mm Steel Screws
- 2 Inch Nails
- Sanding Tools
- Cutting Tools – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Metal Brackets
Difficulty: Medium, Time: 9 Days
Don’t let the summer heat stop you from enjoying the great outdoors, build a DIY pavilion for your patio to cover you and your family from the scorching sun as you spend time outside. It isn’t too difficult to DIY a patio pavilion and the materials are not too pricey for that matter.
Some of these tools can even be rented if you’d rather not buy brand new ones. With the help of My Garage Rentals, you can borrow the tools needed for this project, this will allow you to save more money than you would by purchasing brand new ones.
Jot this down in your list of summer DIY projects and here’s a step-by-step plan provided by Everyday Shortcuts (How to Build a Pavilion in
a Weekend) just in case you find this interesting. Here are the tools that will help you get this project going, on your own:
- Tape Measure
- Carpenters Level
- Standard or Cordless Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- #2 Phillips Bit or Screwdriver
- 7/16” & 9/16” Wrench
- 8’ Step Ladder
- Safety Glasses
- Adult Helper
- Safety Gloves
- Hard Hat
- 6’ Step Ladder x 2
- Square Rachet
- 7/16, 1/2 & 9/16 Socket
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
Like we’ve mentioned above, it’ll be scorching hot, and it won’t just be us human beings who will experience it, but even our tiny furry friends, in that case, you might want to consider building them a roof over their heads if you haven’t already.
Building your own doghouse won’t be difficult, it’s quite simple actually. We’ve even found this piece of literature by My Outdoor Plans (Double Dog House Plans) with step-by-step instructions for you, and here are the tools and materials you will need to bring this plan to fruition:
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- Miter saw – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Drill machinery – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Safety gloves
- 2 ½” screws
- 1 ¼” screws
- Safety glasses
Catio (Cat Playground)
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 4 Days
Cats were meant to explore and roam outside, it’s an instinct they inherited from their wild ancestors. Even domesticated cats need a little sunshine or some fresh air, just like you. But, if you aren’t comfortable letting them out on their own, you have the option of building them a catio while still being within the safety and vicinity of your home.
This DIY Catio Plan by Habitat ReStore (DIY: Cool-cat catio for under $50 | Portland Metro and Clark County ReStores (pdxrestore.org) makes the catio out of a salvaged wood window and only requires a few more materials which shouldn’t cost too much. Here are the materials needed for said DIY catio:
- Salvaged wood window
- 3/4″ plywood
- 4×4 runners
- Wire screen
- 2 hinges (for window)
- Gate hardware
- Salvaged plywood pieces for “landings”
- Natural birch tree branches
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
Family barbecues are best celebrated during the summertime while grilling or smoking burgers and hotdogs, and having a cold bottle of beer on the side. And what every barbecue needs is a cooler, a grill, and a smoker.
Brad Rodriguez from “Fix This Build That” created a patio cooler and grill cart made out of cedarwood, to keep the cart strong and sturdy, while also giving it that classy wooden look.
Lucky for you, he wrote his plan in a blog (How to Build a DIY Patio Cooler and Griller) and even included all the tools and materials you will need to bring this cooler/grill to life. Here are said tools and materials:
- 12″ Dual Bevel Miter Saw
- 18v 5pc Toolkit
- Compact Router
- 18v Brad Nailer
- Oscillating Spindle Sander
- Pocket hole jig
- Tablesaw (or circular saw)
- (13) 12′ 1×4 cedar boards
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Exterior Screws
- 48qt Cooler
- 3″ utility hinges
- Front handle
- Bottle Opener
- Single Hooks
- Hose Bib
- PVC fittings
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
What about a summer DIY project that you can do with your family? Something simple and easy that you can ask your family to help out, giving you an opportunity to spend some quality time and bond with them. A classy outdoor table is a perfect project for those moments. It’s very affordable and super easy to build.
We found this article (Easy DIY Outdoor Table) by Arin Solange from Pinterest, Arin has 4 children at home and relatives in town to share a meal with from time to time, so she and her husband decided that they needed a larger table if they were gonna place one outdoors.
The article includes step-by-step instructions and even includes a video tutorial on Youtube. The materials don’t cost too much and can easily be found, here’s the list of everything you will need:
- 16 2×4 boards 96-inch length
- Outdoor Deck Screws
- Outdoor Black Paint
- Poly Sealer or Outdoor Stain
- Optional – wood filler
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Table Saw
Difficulty: Advanced, Time: 4-5 Days
Treehouses are a staple in every family’s backyard, and if your backyard is treehouse-less, you should really consider building one during the summer. Treehouses aren’t at all as expensive as you might think and they shouldn’t pose as much of a challenge to build, especially if you’re an experienced DIYer.
This treehouse plan (Kids Treehouse) by Build Eazy was made especially for kids and isn’t your typical treehouse. According to Build Eazy, it’s more of a tree platform, which is a platform built around a tree that includes a slide and swing set.
Once you’re done with this treehouse, your kids will definitely be feasting their eyes on it and might not even want to leave it anymore. Good luck calling them in for dinner!
Difficulty: Medium, Time: 3 Days
If you’re looking for something much simpler than the treehouse from previously, look no further. We’ve done the looking for you on Pinterest and found this step-by-step plan by My Outdoor Plans. The playset will include a spiral stairway, a slide, and a couple of swings. If this doesn’t add a smile to your kid’s face, I don’t know what will.
According to this step-by-step playset plan (Outdoor Playset Plans) by My Outdoor Plans, it’s so easy, you can finish it within the weekend. Here are the tools you’ll need to put this plan into fruition:
- Tape Measure
- Framing Square
- Power Mixer
- Miter Saw – Rent a Miter Saw Today
- Drill Machinery
- Safety Gloves
- Safety Glasses
Difficulty: Easy, Time: About 12 Hours
Add this to your summer DIY projects, a do-it-yourself loft/bunk bed for your kids. This project will surely get your kids excited and even add more space to their bedroom. You can even ask your kids to help out in the much simpler and less dangerous parts of working on it. It’ll be an opportunity to bond with them and encourage them to be DIYers someday.
Fortunately for you, we’ve done the research and found the perfect loft/bunk bed plan with on-point and detailed instructions. Ana White, a stylish DIY mom since 2009, shared this plan and even labeled it as “difficulty: easy”. Before you get started, make sure you have these tools all set:
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
- Kreg Jig
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Circular Saw
- Drill Bit Set
Here’s the link to the plan: Camp Loft Bed Stair Junior Height
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 8 Hours
We all know that birds love a good bath, but all the more now that it is blazing hot outside. Adding a birdbath in your yard will not just add another decoration to your yard but it will also help the birds cool off from the summer heat.
It’s actually not at all that difficult to build your own birdbath and it’s a great addition to your DIY summer projects to-do list. This article (Homemade Birdbath) by Sun Catcher Studio shows a step-by-step guide on how to build a birdbath yourself. It’s easy to build, and according to the article, lasts longer than you realize.
Here are the tools you will need to start building your own DIY birdbath:
- Angle Grinder – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Pry Bar
- Crow Bar
Save and Earn Money
Spend less if you’re considering doing these plans, most of the tools listed here are available for rent right here at My Garage Rentals. Renting the tools you don’t have instead of buying them will save you both money and space in your toolbox or your garage.
But, if you already have the tools you need, consider listing your excess tools for rent and earn extra cash from them. Take advantage of our services here at My Garage Rentals and you might just start a second stream of income for very little work. Avail of our services now, registration is very easy!
zBoth money and time are very valuable resources. The main difference between the two is that you cannot get back time, making time a much more important asset.
While there aren’t any shortcuts to long-term success, there are still ways you can quickly make a buck or two without having to spend too much of your precious time.
Here are some ways you can make money fast with just a little time:
Sell Something You Already Have
One way you can make money instantly is by selling your old stuff to your neighbors or to people you know nearby.
Is your closet filled with old clothes and old shoes? Perhaps you have video games, old sports equipment, old musical instruments you don’t need anymore? Have your shelves been cluttered with old books you will most probably no longer get back to?
Look around your room, look around your garage, check your entire house. Grab those old items that you have had for so long, just sitting collecting dust, and turn them instead to cash.
How does that old saying go? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Rent Things You Have Lying Around Your House
Now, if you have tools, equipment, appliances, and other items you don’t use daily but couldn’t find it in you to sell them, perhaps consider renting them out.
Using My Garage Rentals is one of the fastest ways to rent out your items. It is simple and easy to use. My Garage Rentals also provides a secure way to rent out your item since it requires a security deposit for every rental. Moreover, it ensures its users a $1000 guarantee for lost or broken items.
My Garage Rentals is a peer-to-peer rental platform that aims to keep you connected with your local community, make renting faster, and allows you to make money almost instantly.
Offer to do Chores for Price
You can make some instant cash in the comfort of your own home without having to go through job applications and interviews.
Just look around for any household chores you can do, then ask the people you’re living with for a fee for doing them. You can go so far as to do even your neighbor’s chores, with just a little convincing, they will surely agree.
For quick and easy money, doing household chores shouldn’t come as a challenge to you since you’ve been doing it most of your life, especially in your childhood.
Use Uber or Lyft
Nothing says, “make money fast with little time” like Uber or Lyft. It doesn’t take too long to set up an account, register your vehicle, and get passengers to pay you.
These apps may as well be one of the fastest ways to make a quick buck these days and all you have to do is drive.
What’s more, despite the pandemic, Uber and Lyft are still widely used. There are, of course, safety protocols that must be followed to ensure health measures; but, knowing these two corporate giants, security is assured.
So what are you waiting for? Buckle up and get going already!
If you have the patience, the skills, and the knowledge to teach someone in an area you excel at; whether that’s in Math, Science, playing musical instruments, or speaking a foreign language, that could be used to your advantage.
Take the opportunity of excelling at something in tutoring a student in your neighborhood to make money fast with the little time you have.
Use social media by messaging your neighborhood group pages and market your services to them there to get started quickly.
Wash or Repair Someone’s Car or Appliances
Are you knowledgeable about car parts and how they work? Do you know anyone like me who knows squat about them? Well then, another way you can make money instantly is to offer what you know as services to those car illiterates nearby.
Or maybe you’re more into electronics such as appliances like television or washing machines. You can save your neighbors the hassle of going to the repair shop and paying more than they should by offering your services to them.
Or if you’re anything like me who knows nothing about repairing electronics, you can offer to wash your neighbor’s and friend’s cars for a quick and easy fee.
Help Elders with their Phones
Let’s face it. Most elders aren’t simply good with their smartphones. It can be challenging for them and could oftentimes just send them into a spiral of confusion.
You can use what you know to update their smartphone’s firmware, install apps for them, set up accounts for their socials or emails, and if your knowledge is capable, even repair their phones for profit.
You don’t even have to limit yourself to the elderly; as long as the person is smartphone illiterate, you can apply what you know and generate some income from it.
Bake or Cook Something to Sell
Do you consider yourself a good cook or even a decent baker? Get your work out there and sell them to your friends and neighbors nearby!
Take advantage of every social media you’re on and market your masterpiece there to sell. Because of the pandemic, a lot of people have done this and have succeeded more in selling their goods online than when they tried otherwise.
The more social media accounts you have, the better your chances, that’s depending on how many followers you have of course. Include mouthwatering photos of your food and pastries to keep your followers curious and wanting more.
Setup a Video Game Tournament
This next way to make money fast with little time can be a lot of fun and competitive, and it’s to set up a video game tourney with a cash prize and everything.
As long as you have a video game console to use (more preferably the latest next-generation consoles), the willingness to organize a tournament with pot money, a scoring system, and a proper set of rules, you are more than ready to start.
It shouldn’t be at all too hard to find participants to join your tournament. Everyone loves a little video game competition. Posting on social media to promote your tournament will also help big time in getting people to be part of your tournament.
Baby Sit or Pet Sit
Ask around your neighborhood if they need any on-the-spot babysitting or pet sitting. Offer your services and get instant cash at the end of the day.
Like I’ve been mentioning over and over in this article, taking advantage of social media will come as a benefit in promoting your services, including your babysitting or pet sitting services.
If you’re an animal lover or good with kids, then this won’t even come off as work for you at all, go and give it a try. It might even be something you’ll enjoy.
Offer to Shave/Cut Family Member’s Hair
You could offer your family member or a neighbor a private haircut in their homes, convince them that it is easier than having to go all the way to town to get a haircut.
It shouldn’t be hard to learn how to shave or cut someone’s hair. All it takes is a quick research on YouTube to learn the basics.
It could post as a challenge to convince people to accept your services if you lack the experience; it’s their hair we’re talking about, after all. So, you may have to do some hard persuasion if you’re not too experienced yet with cutting hair, or instead, you may choose to start with your family members at home.
Set a Movie Night
Not everyone has the privilege to subscribe to live streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+.
Hence, you can make money fast with little time by utilizing your subscription. Ask for donations from your friends or neighbors to “Netflix and Chill” with you.
You can also use the watch party feature of Facebook or screen share via Zoom to live stream movies with your friends and neighbors.
A short disclaimer: make sure you aren’t selling movies illegally in any way. We suggest you try this approach only once or twice, just enough to get the money you need. If done multiple times, it could lead to criminal charges due to piracy. We’re not promoting piracy. We are only suggesting that you ask for donations.
Livestream (Busking or Gaming)
Speaking of donations, another way to make money fast with little time is by live-streaming your video games or musical performances.
With the help of Facebook Gaming and Twitch, receiving donations for video game live streams is made simpler. And because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the same is now also true for street-performing or busking.
With the help of your colleagues, friends, and neighbors online, making money should be easy. Sending out invitations and sharing to social media will help tremendously bring traffic to your live stream.
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If you’ve been following our blogs, you may have read our recent article about Getting Started on Your Own Second Stream of Income.
We mentioned in that article the value of time in this area and how starting up your second stream of income may cost you a lot of it.
You will be forced to make and sacrifice time for the benefit of your second source of cash flow. And because time is such a big deal when it comes to landing a second stream of income, we thought it deserved an entire article all to itself.
Read on, we hope that this article will help you with your endeavor for achieving multiple streams of income:
Write Down Your Daily Schedule
“Writing things down makes your mind more efficient by helping you focus on the truly important stuff” Mark Murphy, a New York Best Selling author, said in a 2018 article published by Forbes.
Writing down your schedule on a piece of paper gives you a visible and tangible picture of how your new routine will look.
This will also allow you to see, looking forward, which activities consume the most time and which ones are worth sacrificing for your new job.
Determine The Number Of Work Hours
It’s important to determine, based on your second stream of income, how many hours you will need to spend on it.
For instance, some type of work may really require you a whole 8 hours of work while others won’t necessarily require that long.
Determining the required work hours will help us know whether including your newfound work into your daily schedule is attainable.
“If you’re working with long-term goals, use the ABC’s to schedule [them]. A is for [it] has to be done today, B is for [it] would be nice and C is for if I were my most awesome version of myself. Update the goals before bed so you wake up ready to roll the next day,” says Lloyd from Bustle.com.
Cross Out Activities You’re Willing to Sacrifice
If your second job requires you to work more hours than you had hoped, you may need to sacrifice a few of your usual leisurely activities to make room for work.
Note that you don’t necessarily have to eliminate completely a certain activity off your routine, just lessening the time used is efficient enough.
One thing to look forward to as you scrape off unnecessary time is that in the long run, if you work hard enough, your streams may just turn into passive income, giving you the time scraped off back.
Choose Your Off-Limits Activities
Alright, so there are some activities you really can’t let go of. So, choose the activities that are off-limits to you.
Some activities that may be hard to let go of could be some of your hobbies and passions, and it’s perfectly understandable that you don’t scratch these out.
These are the hobbies that fuel your desire to keep working. Studies show that a large percentage of people lose interest in their work if it interferes with their own personal hobbies.
Other than your hobbies, it is important that you allow time for rest and family as well.
It will be difficult for you to keep up with dues and your own deadlines if your mind, body, and soul haven’t had that well-needed rest and time with the family.
Commit and Stay Consistent
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Really committing to your new schedule will require self-discipline. Success, after all, is built from consistency.
Tony Fahkry said in an article on Medium that, “Consistency builds character and sharpens the mind. Consistent people are triumphant, with an unyielding inner drive.”
According to Tony Fahkry, consistency and persistency are the two key ingredients to success, staying true to your word and sticking with your regimen will evidently produce progress.
Get Side-Tracked Once In A While
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
People will always tell you that it’s okay to get side-tracked, and they’re absolutely right.
Setbacks are bound to arise but your journey to success shouldn’t end there. Setbacks are there to help you learn and grow, they aren’t there to keep you down.
You will find yourself recommitting to your new schedule again and again, more often than not. Do not let this discourage you but rather see it as an opportunity to be persistent and a sign of progress.
Use Our Platform As a Stream of Income
My Garage Rentals can be a great addition to your streams of income and it won’t even require much of your time!
Scan your household for things that you believe could be rented by others and have them rented out yourself.
Think of us as your own personal rental store. My Garage Rentals can be a stream of passive income. Just rent your item out and wait for the cash to come flowing in.
And because it’s so simple and easy, you wouldn’t have to worry about sacrificing your schedule or any of your valuable leisurely time to make way for this.
Thanksgiving is drawing near and most of us are already fixated on cooking our turkey the classic oven-baked way.
Your neighbors, on the other hand, may be interested in experimenting this year with different methods.
While there are indeed other ways of preparing Thanksgiving turkey, these creative ways will require certain kitchen appliances to make them possible to prep for.
We’ve listed said kitchen appliances and if you own any of these, you can earn a little extra this year by convincing your neighbors to rent them from you for Thanksgiving dinner.
The most unhealthy way, out of all the appliances, to cook a turkey; a deep fryer will give your Thanksgiving bird the crispiest texture and the juiciest taste that no other appliance can create. You may not be interested in giving your turkey an oil bath this year, but your neighbors might just want to give your deep fryer a try.
The air fryer is a great way to get your turkey crispy and moist but without the need for added oil. Its convection heating mechanism causes a circulation of heated air to surround your food, giving it that same result a deep-fryer would make but with less fat, making it a healthier alternative to deep-frying.
No other kitchen appliance will give you that smokey yet moist and flavorful turkey dinner than the griller. It also gives the fellas a chance to talk about football over some beers while allowing the missus to chit chat with the rest of the ladies in the kitchen.
To allow your turkey to come out nice and tender, we highly recommend you give the slow cooker a shot. It may just take some time to prepare as a down-side, but it will all be worth it in the end. Also, a great way to make the perfect turkey stew is through a slow cooker, just so you know.
Water bathing your turkey is also another fantastic way to give your turkey that tender juicy flavor without having to incorporate any additional grease. The only con being that sous-vide machines are expensive, so not everyone will be privileged enough to experience sous-viding their turkey. If you won’t be sous-viding your turkey this year, consider renting yours to a neighbor who’s interested in trying out a fresh new style of cooked turkey.
My Garage Rentals is a neighbor-to-neighbor platform that allows you to easily have your personal belongings rented to those around you.
This coming Thanksgiving is an opportunity for you to make some money if you’re willing to lend out your appliances for rent. Our platform is the perfect tool to assist you in making smooth and secure transactions with your neighbors.
Sign up is absolutely free and we assure you security with our $1000 guarantee for any damaged or stolen item done while using My Garage Rentals! Click here now to visit My Garage Rentals to get started!