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Add Shut-off Valve for Outside Water

It’s time to prepare winter. That includes shutting off those outside water facets used to water your lawn and garden. Check-out our system for protected underground outdoor valves.

These are the tools we used to cut the pex tubing and make connections to the valves.

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Mask Updates – New Sizes – Updated Patterns

Due to popular request, we have added two new sizes of our mask pattern. The child size pattern is for preschool aged children and the small size is for kids in between.

All 3 designs contain our updated written directions which include the option of adding a wire such as a paper clip along the nose area for a better fit.




Patterns are free for personal use . Finished masks may be donated to charity at no cost. Please mention MainelyDiY.com to your recipients.

Please remember to save N-95 masks for first responders and health care workers. Their risk for contracting COVID-19 in substantially greater than the general population. If these professionals become ill who will be there to help you when need it most?!

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Replacement Filter for Gas Mask – 99% Effective

With filters being in short supply for full and half face respirators, MainelyDiY has come up with a solution.

The material we chose may actually filter out viruses including COVID 19 even better than the coveted N95 masks – 4% better. According to calculations it can block particles by a whopping 99.9%. So cool as this material is often trashed and under utilized.

Check out our written instructions for specific instructions with photos for making your replacement filters. Includes materials used plus construction tips. And it is FREE in a downloadable pdf file format.


To read reference article on material effectiveness click here

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No Sew DIY Mask – Made with Man Friendly Duct Tape

Want to make a mask but don’t know how to Sew? Especially with the CDC’s recommendation for the general public to use face covering when not at home in order to help reduce the spread of COVID 19

Duct Tape to the rescue!

Our design features an adjustable fit around the difficult nose area.

Just watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily create a no sew mask with duct tape – also known as Duck tape in just minutes.

Want to make a mask but don’t know how to Sew? Especially with the CDC’s recommendation for the general public to use face covering when not at home in order to help reduce the spread of COVID 19.

Duct Tape to the rescue!

Our design features an adjustable fit around the difficult nose area. Just watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily create a no sew mask with duct tape – also known as Duck tape in just minutes.

Do-it-yourself masks are to be worn in addition to minimum of 6 foot physical social distancing. Please save the supply of the N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders as they put their lives on the line to save others – maybe even you!

Do-it-yourself masks are to be worn in addition to minimum of 6 foot physical social distancing. Please save the supply of the N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders as they put their lives on the line to save others – maybe even you!

You will need a pair of scissors, ruler and these materials:

  • 7″ by 12″ piece of mask material
  • 1 yard of elastic cut in half (2 pieces about 18″ long)
  • duct tape (aka Duck tape)

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Bar None Hand Soap or Body Wash Saves Money

   Hand soap can be expensive and body washes are even more. Lets us show you how to inexpensively make your own very simply using a bar of soap.

   For hand soap, we suggest a soap that makes you feel extra clean yet is gentle on your hands. Your hands do so much for you so here’s a way to take card of them.

   In the shower a wet bar of soap can turn yucky so many of us turn to the pricey body wash. Follow our video and you can have the best of both worlds. Select a favorite bar soap with a great scent and skin quenching characteristics and Wow! you just extended the life of your soap bar and eliminated the mess.

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Handy Dandy Pocketed Roll up Tool Case. Perfect for Wrenches, Screwdrivers & More

Keep your tools organized and ready to roll with this roll-up handy holder. Just place your tools in pocketed slots, fold down top flap to keep tools in place, roll it up, tie the shoe lace and you will have a compact tool storage kit that is perfect for storing in car, truck, garage or tool box. This one was designed with wrenches in mind but would work well for other tools such as screwdrivers.

We suggest using a sturdy fabric like denim. It sews up very quickly.

Makes a Great Gift for a Birthday or Father’s Day

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Make Some Family Fun with a Do it Yourself Bean Bag Toss Game

You can make this bean bag toss game yourself and customize it any way you like. Paint it any way you like. We recommend painting the target holes a contrasting color. The bean bags are literally filled with beans. Some people call this corn hole game.

With the innovative leg design, you can adjust the slope any way you fancy. Since the support legs are independently adjustable playing on an uneven surface is no problem. The legs are also removable so you can store the game flat or hanging it.

This game is lots of fun for the whole family. It can be played both indoors as well as outdoors. Just teach your pet to retrieve the bags after tossing at add a bit more laughter to the game. Check out the video to see how the Crafting Kitty gets it on the playing fun too! (See written instructions below video.)

To make bean bags

  • Cut 3 dark and 3 light rectangles of fabric 4 1/2″ by 9″
  • Fold one piece in half right sides together along the 9″ side – it now measures 4 1/2″ square
  • Sew a narrow seam along 2 open edges
  • Turn right side out
  • Fill with beans
  • Realign open edge so that seam in centered one the former fold line.
  • Fold in edges and stitch across.
  • Repeat for remaining bags.