House projects took a break this past weekend so I could travel to Boston for the wedding of one of my college roommates. The ceremony was loving and sincere, the reception was stylish and decadent, and the happy couple were radiant throughout. Congratulations, Karl and Hannah!
The father of one of my childhood friends used to make a dinner called “Chicken Boing Boing.” Basically it was chicken plus whatever happened to be in the fridge or on the cupboard. This post is like chicken boing boing, but without the chicken. I’ve got a number of small unrelated updates to record, so [...]
Some people (like my Minneapolis neighbor, StuccoHouse) must use a ladder and a prybar to tear off their aftermarket outside trim. I must be really lucky, because my junk trim is falling off all on its own.
I love finding good deals on renovation supplies. It helps soften the blow of those times when I measure once and cut twice. (Why are those mistaken cuts always too short?) I stopped in to Sherwin Williams today to pick up a bucket of Peel Away 1 paint remover to use on the radiator I [...]
Demolition in the south upstairs bedroom has hit a stumbling block. A big, 300-pound, cast-iron stumbling block. In order to pull out the baseboard, panelling, and old sheetrock to prepare for renovation, the radiator had to be moved. Before this, the only maintenance I have done on the heating system was bleeding radiators, so this [...]
After a recent email asking for advice on paint stripping, (Hi, Carrie!) I got motivated to start restoring the window sashes that have been sitting around for a few weeks since I removed them as part of my bedroom project. When I got the sashes to the garage and fired up the Speedheater, I soon [...]
While sitting at the desk in my home office yesterday, I was started by a carpenter ant crawling up my arm. A number of readers of my last post about discovering the ants recommended that I call an exterminator, and that’s exactly what I did.
Over the past few days I have noticed ants crawling up the outside wall of the house. If our house was painted dark, I would never have spotted them, but on the cream colored stucco the ants are easy to see. I haven’t noticed ants around inside the house, and these large black ants are [...]
Is it worth saving something in your house simply because it is old? If, like me, you favor home restoration over renovation this can be a challenging question. After all, most people today want original woodwork, but not original kitchens; original plaster walls but not the original wiring inside them.
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