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Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers?
5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work.
Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs!
They range from simple things like chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?). For anyone who doesn't already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets, and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.
Chris Peterson is a veteran home improvement and design author. Among the many books he has written are Barndominiums, 5-Gallon Bucket Book, Building with Secondhand Stuff, Manskills, four books in the Ideas You Can Use series, and many books in Cool Springs Press’s BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide series. He has also co-authored numerous home design books with noted media celebrities. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.
"If you're a do-it-yourselfer or crafter, there's a project in it for you. Own a cat or raise chickens? You'll appreciate projects, too. There's lots for you if you're a gardener." - Charlotte Observer
"This one is a Must-Buy for any adult who loves to do DIY projects. I was impressed with the easy to follow instructions and all the different projects!" - SoCal City Kids blog
"...an ingenious little book...If you love to do DIY projects, this is definitely the book for you since it teaches you to do just about anything you can imagine with a simple 5 gallon bucket." - Budget Earth
"Some of Peterson's ideas for upcycling 5-gallon buckets are unique, to say the least. A master at DIY, he shares designs on how to create a small-room air conditioner, an acoustic speaker dock, a composting toilet, and a manual washing machine." - Earth911.com