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 ...
I’m in the process of moving a few things over here from LJ. As a contractor, I should be posting here anyway. .. I love woodworking and like many of you, I love to write about it. This short story is my first attempt at something dramatic and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you’re OK with it. It was very hard to write. Based on a true story.. No Good Deed. I believe you should pay it forward.Our immortality lies in the knowledge you leave behind.Our mark in ...
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...
For those considering adding insulation to their existing home, their best option may be to use spray foam insulation. While other types of insulation may be cheaper alternatives, spray foam has the added benefit of being flexible enough to use on existing structures without the need for additional renovation. Spray foam can also effectively air seal rooms and walls. This material has the highest R-value out of all the others. Since this material is sprayed on instead of packed or built, t...
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