It's pretty easy being a dog... except if it gets stuck with a lazy owner, of course.
But, in an effort to give his new pup some "independence," one Redditor was inspired to build an outdoor DIY porch potty so the little guy can take care of business all on his own. And from the looks of it, it seems like the ultimate solution for city dogs, too.
This DIYer shared photos of the process on Reddit, where we learned a little bit about the gadget's mechanics. The platform is made from a 2' x 6' bottom-draining water heater drip pan, a slab of plywood cut to the same dimensions (with a hole for the drain sprout) and an expanded steel frame to support the dog's weight. The plumbing leads to the down sprout, which allows for flushing capability and drainage. Finished with a bed of astroturf and a lid to hold everything in place, we couldn't be more impressed with this doggie's owner.
To see photos of this cool invention, flip through the slideshow below.
Also, have a look at some DIYs you shouldn't try at home.
Cutting down trees, or even removing branches requires climbing and working with dangerous tools from a high distance off the ground. This is disaster waiting to happen, and definitely something better left to professionals who are trained and paid to do this!
Home Additions Or Structural Changes
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brockbuilders/3634078748/" target="_hplink">http://www.flickr.com/photos/brockbuilders/3634078748/</a>Knocking down walls might seem like a simple task, but behind those walls could be electrical wiring, gas pipes and plumbing that can cause huge problems in your home. Rather than taking a chance, consult a contractor first!
Paving Your Driveway
Paving stones can turn a boring driveway into a focal point. And while they look relatively simple to install, the reality is that the measuring and positioning of paving stones can be tremendously time-consuming. (Think of it as a game of Tetris on steroids.) But a team of professionals can cut installation down to a day, depending on your driveway size.
It's one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair faulty wiring or any other electrical issues without professional help. Working with electrical wires can be deadly and the proper precautions and knowledge are crucial.
Unless it's something simple like unclogging a toilet or fixing a drain, messing with plumbing can cause major dilemmas (Just think about an overflowing toilet or unstoppable burst in a pipe...not fun). It's always better to ask a plumber before trying to tackle any plumbing issues on your own.
Repairing An Above Ground Pool
While we're sure most people wouldn't attempt to tackle a project like this on their own, we figure we should mention that it would be extremely dangerous to make these repairs. All it takes is one loose piece of siding, and the entire pool could collapse.
Besides the fact that working on top of a roof is very risky because one could easily lose their footing and slip, it can also be detrimental to your home's structure if you don't know the proper way to install or repair roofing. If you are going to check the roof for damages or cleaning gutters, bring a friend and proceed with caution.
If done properly, siding can last for years. But if siding is not securely installed, weather conditions can tear it off, or seep underneath, causing harm to the frame of your home. Rather than taking this chance, it's safer to have a professional install it properly.
Adding Or Replacing Windows
Specialized tools and methods are required to properly install new windows to make sure they are well insulated and secure. While it can be costly, a professional can ensure that you'll be comfortable in your home for years to come.
Creating An Outdoor Kitchen
We're the first to admit outdoor kitchens are fantastic, but attempting to put one in yourself could be disastrous. It might seem easy enough (a little flooring and a grill-station) but you could end up with a half-finished patio and plumbing gone awry. So while it might be tempting to build one in your backyard, ask yourself if you'll really use the kitchen year-round...and then, of course, call in a pro.
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