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...
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...
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...
When we moved in, I looked at the wiring in the crawlspace, saw the ancient non-metallic sheathed cable downstairs, didn’t get huge warnings from the home inspector, and thought we were all groovy, if a little out-dated. The house was on a 60 amp fuse box, so we paid someone to put in a few utility circuits in the garage and deal with PG&E to put in a 200 amp breaker panel. He used the old fuse box as a junction box, ran some THHN through some conduit for each of the initial 3 ci...
Yes, this is a tale of despair and triumph dealing with a toilet. Be entertained at my website here.
The awful paneling is starting to deteriorate and it’s time to re-do the bathroom. We’re narrowing in on tiling options (probably 18” cut stone tiles), we already know the flooring, and we’re looking at what to do for fixtures. We spend a few hours at our favorite kitchen and bath place (where we found the tiles), think they have a tub in the back that might work for us and be a bargain (the house is small, so it’s basically looking for a 18” deep cast i...
A bathroom is important for its functionality but it doesn’t have to be all about just personal hygiene. We often overlook the importance of relaxing and indulging in a nice warm bath in a bathroom that looks wonderful. Perhaps your bathroom may never be able to imitate the plush ones in boutique hotels but that doesn’t mean you have to make do with a drab one at home. You can opt for a full bathroom renovation or just make small changes to transform your lifeless bathroom ...
I decided that it was time to do a complete remodel of my half bathroom I had done a lot of this kind of work before there were no big surprises. In many cases water from a toilet or even a get under the tile causing the floor under the tile to become damaged and develop a mold problem. In this photo on the left the bathroom just appears to only be out dated when in fact beneath the tile was mold and the plywood was beginning to rot. There were no signs of this from above. The next photos ...
I’m being ‘evicted’ from my half of the garage where my workshop is in the next year or so to make room for a new car that will require being ‘sheltered’. I have however been given permission to build a decent sized (still fairly small) shed in the back yard. Currently I am leaning towards building it myself since I can get exactly what I want…. but it doesn’t include my time and effort in the budget. Yeah I know – that’s something we al...
.. Every time I visit Woodcraft, I always look at and admire the nice selection of Pheil carving chisels, the Crown rosewood handled chisels, the Lee Nielsen and Robert Sorby lathe chisels and bench sets, The sweet heart Stanley 9 pc. chisel set with leather roll case. Even the Wood River chisel sets in a case looked nice and seemed like a good value. . . I recently purchased Bailey’s wood handled chisel set online for 69.00. They looked decent so I thought ...
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