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13 DIY Projects Just In Time For Summer

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1. Turn your truck bed into a mobile swimming pool.

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Get a tarp. Put it in your truck bed. Fill it using a hose. Enjoy. However, always empty your pickup pool with buckets. Do not open the tailgate or the rushing water may break the gate. And never drive with the truck bed full of water.

3. Instead of buying a grill, build your own out of bricks.

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It's cheaper, and you can customize it to your exact specifications. If you want a temporary solution, you can always stack the bricks without mortar. Bonus: The grill doubles as a fireplace for the winter months.

5. Transform your backyard into an arena where champions are made and honor is won and lost by building a bocce court.

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It's a great pastime during a summer barbecue, a backyard party, or any slow Sunday afternoon. You can extend the fun by creating a bocce league among your friends and hosting a summer-long tournament.

6. Upgrade your old lawn mower by converting it to run on solar power.

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Who wants to pay $4 per mow for gas? Be the envy of your neighbors with a money-saving, eco-friendly solution. Your lawn — and your mower — will be greener than ever.

7. Don't spend hundreds on patio furniture. Throw shade in your backyard with an arbor.

It will turn any lawn into an outdoor lounge. Put a bench or table under it and boom — you have a classy space for drinks and outdoor dining.

10. Build a patchwork concrete patio to create an outdoor seating area on a budget.

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The project is much cheaper than hiring a professional, and you can stain the pavers different colors to add a personal, modern touch.

13. And finally: Build a portable ice chest stereo and rock out all summer long.

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Then your tunes can follow you to the beach, the river, the lake, the BBQ, or anywhere else you may travel. The party won't start 'til you walk in.

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