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Outdoor Luxury Upgrades

09-30-2014 08:46 PM by ReubenD | 1 comment »

“You want a hot tub? Outside? You understand we get about 5 feet of snow a year here…you do remember that?” Apparently she did, because yes, that is what she said she wanted. Once the initial shock and surprise wore off I started to ponder the feasibility. First off, plumbing is not my strong point. Having no real idea how a hot tub worked or how they are set up all I could think about was the bathroom upgrade we had done and that was with just connecting new fixtures to replace old. In my m...

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Wood Reclamation – A Dangerous Job

09-30-2014 10:47 AM by ReubenD | 1 comment »

I love the look of authentic wood crafted many years in the past. Roughhewn timbers, old barn boards, inch thick hardwood flooring, and the exquisite carved mantle places and cabinetry all hand crafted many decades before. Some of the most beautiful wood I have ever seen was reclaimed wood from a farmhouse built in the 1850’s. It is not just the dimensions and sturdiness of this wood which would be easy to mimic. There is no way to truly replicate the color and perfect imperfections from bein...

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Sunroom #3: false alarm

09-27-2014 09:52 PM by rhybeka | 3 comments »

so I got around to checking the concrete slab in the sunroom this afternoon and it appears I am at a full stop until I figure out how to either a)remediate or b) if it’s not worth the effort and take the flooring back. I bought a moisture meter at Lowes – just a simple one as well as a 3/16 concrete drill bit. I drilled 1/4 in. deep holes in three locations in the slab – one near the back door, one close to the step into the kitchen and one at the corner opposite to both to...

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Does She Really Stay Up at Night Thinking of Chores?

09-23-2014 02:04 PM by ReubenD | 1 comment »

I have this list of things to be done around the house. Everything from spray the wasp nest on the back eaves of the garage to “let’s put skylight in the exercise room – it would be so nice to see the sky in there” whimsical things. I do not mind this list in general, as I like to do many of the things and many of the things are simply the typical chores associated with home ownership and maintenance. But seriously – how is it that the list never ever gets any shorter? I have tried s...

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Updating the Home as Your Family Changes

09-23-2014 01:53 PM by ReubenD | 0 comments »

While the years of four kids and the wife and I trying to all fit through the one bathroom and still make it to school and work on time in our first 3 bedroom 1200 square foot starter house are many years gone, it seems the problems with space and efficient use of space never goes away. Now, it is the opposite situation as the oldest daughters have gone on to their own homes and our house is suddenly much larger than what we needed. While having too much room really does not seem a problem , ...

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Sunroom #2: Slow progress...

09-22-2014 05:09 PM by rhybeka | 1 comment »

so I’ve managed to complete all of the painting in this room. The old light fixture has been removed, and is waiting on the new one to go up and in. I bought a moisture meter the other day to give myself some peace of mind before installing the laminate flooring over it….turns out I may have opened a can of worms. I got readings anywhere from an acceptible 2% all the way up to 15% all on the surface or in divots I haven’t filled in. I believe I will still drill some smal...

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Plumbers are expensive gaskets are cheap

09-15-2014 12:36 AM by BenhamDesign | 2 comments »

I discovered my backflow prevention valve was leaking, and as time went on it just got worse. My wife’s first thought was to call a plumber. My 1st thought was wow that’s going to be an expensive gasket, so I set out looking for a replacement part, with not a whole lot of luck. You can read my blog to see how I fixed my back flow prevention valve without having to order and expensive part or call a plumber. Fixing a back flow prevention valve.

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A Shop for Dan #14: Harvesting the roof

09-13-2014 04:24 PM by Dan Lyke | 1 comment »

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 | 0 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 | 2 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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