5 Last Minute DIY Plumbing Gifts

Time is ticking, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Do you still have some people you need to check off your shopping list? If so, why not make an awesome gift yourself and avoid the crowds at the mall?

Believe it or not, you can make some pretty incredible things using plumbing supplies from the hardware store. Check out these quick and easy ideas!

DIY Plumbing Gifts

Hand Painted Washer Pendants

 Hand Painted Washers

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It doesn’t get much cheaper and easier than this! Standard metal washers from the hardware store can be transformed into wearing pieces of art with a little bit of paint, a cord and a bead. This quick and easy craft is great for kids, too.

Copper Towel Rack

 Copper Towel Rack

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With a few hours and some soldering experience, you can turn copper pipes into a stunning towel rack. Customize this project to make a rack that is perfectly sized for your recipient’s bathroom. You could even run heating wire through the finished project to create a heated towel rack. For full instructions, click here

Pipe Cat Shelves

Pipe Cat Shelves

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What do you get for the stylish cat lover? Forget the traditional cat tree that clash with the décor, and build these amazing cat shelves using pipes, fittings and wood. This one is made from steel pipe, but you could also go with copper depending on the recipient’s taste.

Plumbing Knob Ornaments

Plumbing Knob Ornaments

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 Turn old (or new!) plumbing knobs into adorable ornaments in minutes with a little hot glue, paint, glitter and ribbon. This is another project that’s great for kids.

PVC Wine Rack

PVC Wine Rack

Image Source: Martha Stewart

PVC pipes are cheap and incredibly versatile. Pick up some 4-inch PVC pipe, and cut it to length using a hacksaw. After you sand the edges smooth, clean the outside of the pipe with acetone. Prime then paint your desired color. Join the pipes using Velcro straps, and you have a quick and easy wine rack.

From all of us here at Larry & Sons, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! If you find yourself in need of a Hagerstown plumber or HVAC technician this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 301-733-5428.

Happy President’s Day from Your Hagerstown Area Plumbing and HVAC Contractors!

Everyone at Larry & Sons wishes you a happy President’s Day! Today we appreciate all of the great leaders that helped shape our nation. Whether you have the day off today or not, it is a good time to think about how you can help make community a better place. From volunteering to recycling, helping improve your town can be pretty simple. Remember that upgrading your HVAC system can cut down on the amount of fuel you need to keep your home comfortable, and making your home more environmentally friendly is something that helps everyone.

Here is some great trivia about our presidents in honor of this day:

  • The only president who never married
    •  James Buchanan
  • Number of presidents who never attended college
    • Nine (Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman)
  • Number of presidents who died in office
    •  Eight (Harrison, Taylor, Garfield, Lincoln, McKinley, F.D. Roosevelt, Kennedy)
  • Presidents Portrayed on US coins
    • Lincoln (penny)
    • F.D.  Roosevelt (dime)
    • Kennedy (half-dollar)
    • Eisenhower (dollar coin)
    • Jefferson (nickel)
    • Washington (quarter)
  • Presidents Portrayed on US Currency
    • Washington (one dollar bill)
    • Jefferson (two dollar bill)
    • Lincoln (five dollar bill)
    • Hamilton (ten dollar bill)
    • Jackson (twenty dollar bill)
    • Grant  (fifty dollar bill)
    • Franklin (one hundred dollar bill)

Have a great President’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Your Frederick Plumbing Contractors!

Everyone at Larry & Sons wishes you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is full of love and laughter.  Valentine’s Day is a time to really appreciate all of the wonderful people in your life, including your significant other, your family, and your friends. Take a moment today to let each of them know how special they are to you. Even something simple, like a handmade card, can really make someone’s whole day!

While your HVAC system might not seem like the most romantic place to start your gift giving, a few simple upgrades can make your house more comfortable, which is something your whole family will appreciate! A HEPA filter can keep dust and allergens out of your air, and a new furnace or heat pump can keep your house at more consistent temperatures and cut down on your energy use. An upgrade to your HVAC system is truly a gift that keeps on giving!

For more information about easy ways to improve your home, give Larry & Sons a call! And to help make your Valentine’s Day as happy as it can be, here is a recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

“This is the simplest version of chocolate covered strawberries I know. Paraffin was originally used instead of shortening. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert by the toothpicks into a piece of styrofoam for easy cooling, or simply place them on a sheet of wax paper. White chocolate may be drizzled over the milk chocolate for a fancier look. They are perfect for weddings when decorated with frosting bow ties, bells, butterflies, roses, etc.”

INGREDIENTS:

16 ounces milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
  3. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

For more details, visit allrecipes.com.

Happy Martin Luther King Day from Your Hagerstown Area Plumbing and HVAC Contractor!

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and all of his great accomplishments. This holiday is also a reminder about how we all can be a force for good in our community. Even a small act, like helping a neighbor, can make a big difference in someone’s life. Take some time today to make your community a little better!

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