January 2006

Drywall Don’ts

by Josh on January 31, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

I knew the workshop would be a good place to practice my skills with drywall, tape and joint compound. It turns out I need a lot more practice. I managed an acceptable job for a basement utility room wall that will be hidden by shelving, but there is no way I would want this wall […]


Workshop Wall: Rock and Mud

by Josh on January 28, 2006 · 1 comment

in Basement,Projects

It is Saturday afternoon and the sheetrock for the wall of the basement workshop is hung, taped and wearing the first coat of mud. I thought I might be a little farther along by this point in the weekend, although I am still on schedule to have the wall finished by the end of the […]

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Welcome Twin Cities Bungalow Club

by Josh on January 26, 2006 · 0 comments

in Journal

I was delighted to get the latest issue of the Small Home Gazette newsletter from the Twin Cities Bungalow Club in the mail yesterday. In a follow-up to the great houseblogs feature from the last issue, they highlighted some more local houseblogs–including this one. For your linking convenience, here is a list of current active […]


Ready to Rock

by Josh on January 26, 2006 · 1 comment

in Basement,Journal

Demolition of the basement workshop “cardboard wall” is complete. Last night I installed a new double electrical box in the wall and wired it up for two additional outlets for the workshop. Adding the box was a simple task, particularly with all the new wiring already in the wall from when the previous owners finished […]

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Watering the Radiators

by Josh on January 25, 2006 · 5 comments

in Journal

Ms. Bungalow has a new household ritual. Every morning and evening she walks around the house with a watering can to water the radiators. Okay, so she’s actually pouring water on old towels set on top of the radiators. This is our latest scheme to achieve a comfortable home humidity level during the cold winter […]


Official Distraction

by Josh on January 23, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

It’s official. Fixing up the basement workshop reached project status this weekend when I picked up drywall and mud for the wall I’m refinishing there. I was supposed to start working on the upstairs bedroom, particularly now that my cool new Speedheater infrared paint remover has arrived. All I wanted to do in the workshop […]


Old Drawer Liner

by Josh on January 20, 2006 · 4 comments

in Basement,House History,Journal

While dismantling the storage drawers and shelves in the basement workshop, I found some interesting old paper lining a couple of the drawers. The papers date from the house’s “parsonage era” from 1952 to 1973 when it was owned by the last Norwegian-language Lutheran church in the city and occupied by Norwegian pastors. It was […]


Cornbread Muffins

by Josh on January 19, 2006 · 0 comments

in Journal

We at Bungalow ‘23 are finding as many ways as possible to make our lives easier with our new freezer. Previously we shared our favorite crockpot chili recipe. A triple batch has resulted in many warm meals being just a trip to the freezer and a microwave ding away. But what good is chili without […]


Cardboard Wall

by Josh on January 17, 2006 · 1 comment

in Basement,Projects

“Walls like cardboard” is supposed to be a joke reserved for cheap motels. So what can I say about walls made of actual cardboard in my basement workshop? Over the past three days I have been dismantling the worn-out storage cabinets flanking my workshop space. With the cabinets removed, I was able to completely see […]

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Playing it Safe

by Josh on January 16, 2006 · 2 comments

in Deals

I admit it. Sometimes I have a hard time making decisions. I like to know all my options and then I evaluate and and re-evaluate and look for more options. I put this very technique to work recently regarding the purchase of a Silent Paint Remover (SPR), which I wrote about a couple weeks ago […]