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How to Make a Kite that Really Flies

How to Make a Kite that Really Flies

Have you ever had a day where you just felt bored? Your entertainment options are drastically cut when you’re broke or saving money. To help cure your ills, do something free like flying a kite. A kite can be constructed using a variety of methods and materials. Here is how to make a basic diamond kite from every day household items you should have lying around your house.

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    Supplies:

    • Garbage Bag
    • Wire Hangers
    • Packing, Duct, or Electrical Tape (not scotch or painters)
    • Scissors or knife to cut garbage bag
    • Pliers (Needlenose or otherwise)
    • Yarn, fishing line, speaker wire (Not dental floss or sewing thread)
    • Art Supplies for Decorating

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      Step 1 – Using your pliers, straighten out both hangers. Don’t worry about making perfectly straight lines. The curvature in the hangers will add depth and dimension to your kite.

      Step 2 – Bend the ends of one hanger down (to make it shorter)

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      Step 3 – Lay the shorter hanger across the longer hanger to form a cross. The cross hanger should be one quarter down from the top. Wrap the intersection with tape to hold it in place.

      Step 4 – Tie yarn around all 4 corners of your kite’s center. Pull the yarn up to the top of the vertical hanger and over to the left. At this point your kite’s skeleton should resemble the number “4” with yarn connecting two hanger ends.

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        Step 5 – Continue the yarn around all for corners and back to the center from the top to complete the skeleton of the kite. Make sure the yarn is taut.

        Step 6 – Tighten and reshape your kite as needed. You want it to produce a slight concave shape like a shield, where the center is out farther than the edges.

        Step 7 – Unroll your garbage bag.

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          Step 8 – Cut the bottom of the garbage bag off.

          Step 9 – Cut the right side of the garbage bag. This will give you a flat sheet of plastic.

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            Step 10 – Lay your kite skeleton onto your opened trash bag.

            Step 11 – Secure the bag to the hangers using your tape. Packing tape and duct tape work better than electrical tape. Duct tape adds more weight to the kite, and in low wind situations, this is a problem. Packing tape provides the most secure connection with the least weight. Whatever tape you choose, secure the bag to the top of the frame.

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              Step 12

              – Use your scissors to cut the bag around the frame, about one inch bigger than the frame all the way around.

              Step 13 – Use your tape to secure the bag to the frame all the way around the frame by folding the bag over the frame and rolling it under with your fingers. Tape straight across to form a solid connection.

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                Step 14

                – Pull the bag tight so that it firmly hugs the kite frame without pushing too far into it.

                Step 15 – Check the kite for any rips or air holes. Turn a ceiling fan on to blow air through it, shine a flashlight through it, or use whatever method you can come up with to monitor the quality of your kite. Repair air leaks with your tape.

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                  Step 16 – Plan out where you want to take your kite. I had another adult, a 2 year old, and a dog with me, so we planned our trip accordingly. Google “(Your City/State/Country) wind forecast” to find the best places to go. You want a gentle but steady breeze.

                  Step 17 – Tie one end of yarn to the center of your kite’s frame. Hold the other end to maintain control of your kite.

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                    Step 17 – Fly your kite. The easiest way is with 2 people. Stand about 20-30 yards from each other. Have your friend hold the kite while you hold the string. Stand where the wind blows from you to your friend holding the kite. If you made the kite correctly, you should have no issues getting it in the air.

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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