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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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Bathroom make over #2: Now that the second bath is done onto #3

08-28-2014 12:42 AM by sandhill | 3 comments »

But first here is the last one done except for the dressings which my wife will be doing. So here is my problem:I am working on the 3rd bathroom the first 2 were just half baths but this one is the full bath that guests use. All 3 so far have had extensive rot around the toilet so I had to replace all 3 floors and a good part of the plumbing. I removed all the cabinet doors thinking I will take them out to the shop and spray paint them then just paint the face frames with a brush. I though...

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The Final Home Improvement Project

08-27-2014 11:33 PM by BenhamDesign | 1 comment »

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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Thankless Home Maintenance Tasks or Just Blowing Air

08-19-2014 03:51 PM by ReubenD | 1 comment »

I like to think of myself as fairly competent with a hammer and a few power tools. Between the learning of necessity when much younger where tight budgets meant if I could not do a home project myself we did not get it done as a young family to these days when it has become something between a hobby and obsession to do my own home projects, I would rate my skills as above average. Sadly, my wife would be quick to point out that motivation and procrastination are areas I still need some im...

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Room Divider with Panache

08-12-2014 03:38 PM by ReubenD | 2 comments »

That was the detailed description I was given for what my wife wanted to fill in part of the open space between the dining room and family room. With that extraordinary amount of detail, that it should have “panache” I set about planning and searching. While I was happy with the retro 70’s look idea of beaded curtains my daughter had or even the swinging saloon doors my son recommended, neither seemed to have the correct amount of something that my wife seemed to be looking for. Searching the...

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Sunroom #1: Intro

08-02-2014 02:45 PM by rhybeka | 0 comments »

We’ve lived in our one story ranch for almost nine years now. We are figuring that we will end up retiring in this home as we’ll never get what we want out of the resale of it (in a not so great school district and a not so great neighborhood but not bad), and we keep renovating it how we like it. I’m due to graduate with a bachelors degree in January (10 years in the making!) and instead of paying to rent somewhere, we’ve decided to have my party here at the house &#...

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