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A Shop for Dan #14: Harvesting the roof

09-13-2014 04:24 PM by Dan Lyke | 4 comments »

Been a while since we’ve done a workshop update. The roof has been keeping us in strawberries and basil all summer, and is starting to deliver on other herbs.

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DIY Window Installation - The Instructive Power of Youtube

09-12-2014 08:06 AM by ReubenD | 4 comments »

Getting new windows was on the project list for 5 years. It probably should have been a much higher priority, but between budget (or the lack of available budget to be more precise) for such a large undertaking and the fact that the only times the windows really became a priority was January and February and that is not the best time to change windows in our cold snowy northern climate location, the project was kept on the back burner far too long. While I am pleased to have it done now, ...

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Age and Wisdom put the Bigger is Better Myth to Bed

09-08-2014 08:09 AM by ReubenD | 4 comments »

My newest powertool wishlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQN2PMGiKSQmkzQE0DrRJie3vtM4tuwt ( Yep, all of them!) I have loved tools since I was old enough to walk through the aisles of the hardware stores. Of course, when I started doing that the hardware store was actually a reasonable size store on Main Street, not a warehouse size box just outside of town. My respect for the men that had lots of tools started with my grandfather that had a huge basement workshop filled with t...

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The Final Home Improvement Project

08-27-2014 11:33 PM by BenhamDesign | 6 comments »

My wife and I bought our first house in Portland Oregon about ten and a half years ago. We bought a distressed fixer upper with the thought of putting in some sweat equity, and selling it within five years to cash in on the equity. What took so long, you may ask? Continue Reading

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Thankless Home Maintenance Tasks or Just Blowing Air

08-19-2014 03:51 PM by ReubenD | 7 comments »

I like to think of myself as fairly competent with a hammer and a few power tools. Between the learning of necessity when much younger where tight budgets meant if I could not do a home project myself we did not get it done as a young family to these days when it has become something between a hobby and obsession to do my own home projects, I would rate my skills as above average. Sadly, my wife would be quick to point out that motivation and procrastination are areas I still need some im...

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Room Divider with Panache

08-12-2014 03:38 PM by ReubenD | 4 comments »

That was the detailed description I was given for what my wife wanted to fill in part of the open space between the dining room and family room. With that extraordinary amount of detail, that it should have “panache” I set about planning and searching. While I was happy with the retro 70’s look idea of beaded curtains my daughter had or even the swinging saloon doors my son recommended, neither seemed to have the correct amount of something that my wife seemed to be looking for. Searching the...

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Sunroom #1: Intro

08-02-2014 02:45 PM by Becky | 10 comments »

We’ve lived in our one story ranch for almost nine years now. We are figuring that we will end up retiring in this home as we’ll never get what we want out of the resale of it (in a not so great school district and a not so great neighborhood but not bad), and we keep renovating it how we like it. I’m due to graduate with a bachelors degree in January (10 years in the making!) and instead of paying to rent somewhere, we’ve decided to have my party here at the house &#...

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Rewiring #2: Drillin', Cuttin' & Dust Everywhere

07-30-2014 05:54 PM by Dan Lyke | 5 comments »

So: Template, made of two pieces of ¾” plywood: One has squares cut out for the two sizes of boxes (1 gang and 2 gang), one holds it the appropriate distance off the floor, and is on the outside so that it goes over baseboards. Run around the house, measuring to where we think we’ll miss a stud. Draw the appropriate box on the wall. Bash a hole in the middle of it with a big screwdriver. Take the Sawzall™ with the diamond edged masonry blade, carefully cut out a ho...

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Getting New Tools Because of Children

07-30-2014 10:31 AM by ReubenD | 6 comments »

I do a lot of “projects” around the house. Part is based on budget- particularly 20 years ago when I first started learning how to do home repairs and maintenance by myself because the budget of a young family simply was not capable of hiring a plumber to fix a leaky sink or toilet problem, but now it is more a case of I enjoy working on the projects around the house and like to do many of the things myself. Back when I purchased my first home the biggest obstacle of any repair job was th...

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Country Kitchen Makeover

07-28-2014 04:15 PM by ReubenD | 13 comments »

We live in a largish country home in a rural area and enjoy out gardens and small hobby farm escape from the city. At the same time, we by no means are ready to give up the comfort and conveniences of a modern home in that pursuit. When it was time to update the kitchen we did however want the look to match our enjoyment of the rural county living as opposed to glass, stainless steel and acrylic that has become the norm in many kitchen makeovers. We went with slate tile (after spending...

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