I always lusted after the hanging ladders in Pottery Barn displays. Since I don't like to spend Pottery Barn prices on things I can make myself, I decided to wait it out and find a ladder
that I could work with for my patio. When I found an old ladder at an antiques vendor booth, I knew it had to be mine. I brought it home finagled my husband into hanging it for me using lengths of chain and "C" clamps attached to our patio roof. Then I used simple hooks screwed into the wood of the ladder to hang the mason jars. I added some sand and tealights, and a Moravian star as a centerpiece.
Altogether between the ladder, the mason jars and the star lantern I think I might have formed a trifecta of perfection. :)
When I'm not entertaining I take the mason jars down from the ladder and sit them on the table in case a strong wind blows through. Don't want glass on my patio!
The ladder "chandelier" is one of my most favorite projects ever, especially since it is what drew me into the Hometalk community over a year ago. I happened upon a post here while randomly searching the internet. I shared my idea with you guys in someone else's thread and it received such great feedback that I stayed and never left! :) The awesome Miriam I might have had a lot to do with that! So, thanks! #Bestof2012
We all clean our dryer's lint trap but when is the last time you vacuumed the dryer ducts or around the heating element?
Okay, I'm ashamed to admit that I've never done this (yes I should be punished by the DIY gods).
So this past weekend our electric Maytag dryer got some much needed cleaning attention. Here are some tips you can immediately put into action to prevent a dryer fire in your own home (and believe or not there over 15,000 annually):
+Add an appliance brush to a 1/4 inch drill and thoroughly clean all duct tubing
+Vacuum tubing, the lint reservoir, and inside the dryer around the heating element
+Make sure there isn't a birds nest or other animal debris in your exhaust vent
+Use stiff walled or rigid metal duct tubing instead of the plastic variety
+When you push your dryer back against the wall don't kink or crush the tubing
+Make all kids & husbands do their own laundry on Sunday (haha, this last one is optional although I wash mine all the time)
In case you need a video showing you how to take apart the front of your dryer there is a video along with pics and more tips over at http://www.homerepairtutor.com/dryer-duct-cl....