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Front Porch Job

01-13-2016 03:13 AM by dustynewt | 11 comments »

I posted this blog on LumberJocks about seven months ago. I had to edit it to restore photos (I have changed my photo host) so while I was at it, I thought I would post it here for my first HomeReburbers blog. The first major problem (project) started when I walked out the front door of my house one day and my foot went right through the slate porch. It shocked me more than anything because I thought the slate was bedded with a solid concrete pad. We have lived here for 25 years. I have al...

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Ready for a Home Makeover? Here’s How To Do It.

05-30-2015 08:00 AM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 8 comments »

Today people are looking for ways to improve their homes for better living and more enjoyment. Investing a little time and money will go a long way to transform your home into the pride of the neighborhood. Curb Appeal – Let’s begin outside. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, edge the lawns and give the bedding areas the attention and maintenance they deserve. Liven up the planting areas with perennials for substance, and then go for color with annuals. Select a color scheme such as reds...

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Fast Forward Plan for Spring

04-30-2015 08:53 AM by ReubenD | 7 comments »

It is finally starting to resemble spring again in our area after a very long and very cold winter. While most years there would already be a fair amount of green in the lawns and trees would have buds and the daffodils would be up, this year we are just getting rid of the last patches of snow in the shady areas. This has brought some concern to the other half of our home, the part that is outside the four walls of our house but is what everybody else sees and where we like to spend a fair bi...

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On The Workbench #1: Heated Handgrips for a Snowblower

02-24-2015 04:01 PM by ontheworkbench | 13 comments »

When I bought my snow blower, I only wanted one wide enough to fit through the side door on my garage, so I settled for a 26” wide unit. When looking across various models, I noticed that several premium (and larger) models had heated hand grips. After two winters with my snow blower, I thought it would be time to try to upgrade my basic rubber hand grips to heated one. I made a couple of videos on it, the first one shown how I did it for my MTD manufactured Troy-Bilt, and a second one...

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Bathroom Remodel #3: Rub a dub dub

01-02-2015 07:14 PM by Dan Lyke | -11 comments »

Among the amusements of having the wall around the tub out, this instance where someone missed the stud for an entire row up the button board. I have done this once or twice, but never for the whole damned row, and especially never where I was driving the entire row by hand (I’m pretty sure they didn’t have button-board/drywall nail guns back in 1947…): Insulation and blocking for the new tub was installed: And… when we first ordered the tub, we thought t...

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Sunroom #4: SLC the only way....

10-02-2014 06:03 PM by Becky | 6 comments »

So I’ve been applying the 72 in level over this floor in the way the planks are going to run and I am coming up with 1/4 (or more in possibly one spot) in low spots all over. I was hoping to not have to use slc – but it seems to do it right that is going to be the way of it.

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The Backup Plan

10-02-2014 03:01 PM by ReubenD | 7 comments »

Every good plan has one important aspect- a backup plan for when thing go wrong and something changes. I feel the same way about my house. Living in a place that routinely gets 60 plus inches of snow across a winter and has January nights hitting minus 20f, having a backup heat source and power source is not a luxury, it is a necessity. While I heat mostly with wood pellets because I like the idea of “carbon neutral” and sustainable heating plus it is much cheaper than oil or electric heat...

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The Final Home Improvement Project

08-27-2014 11:33 PM by BenhamDesign | 5 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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Reed's WoodShop

04-07-2014 01:45 PM by reedwood | 39 comments »

I received a post from Fine Woodworking on Facebook the other day about a survey they were doing about small shops. The survey asked the following questions and I thought it would be fun to post my reply here at Refurbers. Reed’s 24×28 Wood shop My 3×4 ft. oak tool box is over 20 yrs. old and has outlasted 4 work vans.It has 2 dovetailed drawers that are 3 ft. deep with dividers for hand tools, and dividers inside for nail guns, hand saws, blades, sand pa...

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Suggestions...floor help

12-26-2013 05:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 14 comments »

We pulled up the carpeting in the dining room to uncover the original flooring I love the rustic look and the colours match beautifully with the walls and floor of the adjoining roomBut There are some splinters waiting to work loose and grab hold of feet.What are my low cost, low effort and low “change” options to make the floor safe for feet

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