DIY Hitch mud flaps

If you’ve looked on Amazon for hitch mud flaps, the price tag probably caused you to google for a DIY solution. Well it’s easy and it will cost you under $30 depending what tools you have.

Items needed: 2” square tubing. 1” to 2” angle for holding the flaps. Misc bolts/nuts. Welder to make things super easy. Mud flaps. I bought mine at lowes in the tile section. I found vinyl 20×20 mats that are just as flexible as rubber mud flaps.

Measure, cut, weld, paint. Do I really need to spell things out?



Pi-hole–network wide ad/malware blocking

Pi-hole has been around for a while but just recently I decided to take a closer look at what I’ve been missing out on. Pi-hole was originally designed to run on a dedicated Raspberry Pi but it’s not required.

Version 4.2.1 just released this month with several improvements but what really makes it easy is the setup. It took me about 5 minutes to have ad blocking for all my phones, laptops, and desktops in the house.

First you need a linux system on the network. This is why the Raspberry Pi is a popular choice. It’s low power, small, and most importantly under $40. For me, I used an Ubuntu vm running on my esxi stack.

Next, the one command setup

curl -sSL | bash

The next is running through the wizard that really isn’t any different than any other wizard on windows. It just looks a bit different. I recommend running a static IP, but it’s not required.

Next configure you DHCP server to specify Pi-hole as the DNS server. Let Pi-Hole do everything else for you. You can even run DCHP from the Pi-Hole but that’s not covered here.


Now just sit back and watch all the ads getting blocked. For more advanced users, custom lists, installing Pi-Hole on your pfsense router, etc are just the beginning of customizations. DNS blocklisting has been around for a long time, Pi-Hole just figured out a really easy consumable way to implement it. Hats off to that team.