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A New Year’s Resolution for Better Home Projects Next Year

12-15-2014 08:45 AM by ReubenD | 0 comments »

I was greeted by well over a foot of fresh new snow when I got up this morning. Far more than the changing of dates on the calendar, this made it clear that outdoor projects are now officially on hold until spring. It actually brought a small sense of relief that the “to-do” list has been decimated by the constraints of Mother Nature for the foreseeable future. Sitting and looking at the snow, I was left to ponder the projects of last summer and fall as well as to consider what new projects I...

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Rewiring #3: Finished and Signed Off!

11-20-2014 12:35 AM by Dan Lyke | 2 comments »

Got the final inspection today! Woot! Not a whole lot to add to the previous update, but got the final inspection on the electrical today. Finally. And having sufficient sockets is amazing. The power strip quotient in the house has gone way way down. New LED lights in various places, with dimmers that work for them. It’s all pretty darned amazing. Lessons: Really, once we got the procedure down, running new sockets was pretty easy. A long extension on a hex drive augur bit...

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An interesting Project – Sash Windows

11-04-2014 05:03 PM by ReubenD | 2 comments »

I just completed a project doing some restoration work on beautiful old home in our area. The building has been designated a historical landmark, so some of the work was a lot different than what I am used to doing. The idea of all the work was to keep it true to original architecture to the greatest extent possible. You do not realize how much some of the things that have changed until you try a project like this. The most interesting part of the entire job was getting the windows turned ...

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Sunroom #5: Into the SLC we go...

10-04-2014 01:46 PM by Becky | 0 comments »

I’m writing this entry as more of a checklist / where I’ve been for myself. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos these past few days and read as much information as I could get my hands on about laying down SLC. There’s a great article on it at my favorite tile forum's reference library or lovingly called the reference library. Anyway, Here’s my short list of specs : 1. Room is 11×13, including one step, and one doorway2. cardboard dams will be placed a...

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

10-02-2014 06:03 PM by Becky | 2 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 | 2 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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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 | 3 comments »

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 Becky | 4 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 | 4 comments »

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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