October 2009

Happy Halloween!

by Josh on October 31, 2009 · 1 comment

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May your pumpkins remain unsmashed, your trees un-t.p.’d, and your candy bowl unemptied.  Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

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Installing a Surface-Mount Door Lock

by Josh on October 30, 2009 · 1 comment

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Recently, the surface-mount lock on the door from the basement to my tuckunder garage broke. Although this posed a minimal security risk, my peace of mind required taking care of it sooner rather than later. This is the kind of project for which I love having easy access to a local hardware store. I can […]

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DIY Detergent, Lego Cake, Eagle

by Josh on October 21, 2009 · 3 comments

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Battling a cold and preparing for my oldest son’s sixth birthday, my do-it-yourself projects took a little different form this past weekend. DIY Laundry Detergent I have read a few blog posts lately about people making their own laundry soap, and with my detergent running low, I decided to give it a try.  There are […]

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Post-Insulation Follow-up

by Josh on October 14, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

It has been a week since the spray foam insulation was installed for my upstairs bedroom renovation project, so it’s time for me to make good on my pledge to provide a follow-up post on the issues of smell and satisfaction. That New Insulation Smell Venting the newly-foamed areas with fans was essential for the […]

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Making The Squad

by Josh on October 12, 2009 · 5 comments

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If you have visited the site in the last few days you may have noticed a new image in the sidebar promoting the True Value DIY Blog Squad.  I’m thrilled to announce that your humble blogger has been selected to join this group. As a member of True Value’s DIY Blog Squad, I have received […]

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Insulation Day Live Blog

by Josh on October 7, 2009 · 8 comments

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After a two-day schedule shift to allow my insulator to work on an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house in St. Paul, today is my insulation day! I thought it would be fun to try a live blog format to capture the pace of the day’s activity.  I’m already a bit behind schedule, so let’s get […]

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Even more than the cost comparison I just featured, a common calculation of the value of insulation is the length of time it will take for energy cost savings to pay back the cost of improving the insulation and weather-sealing.  Unlike many other home improvement projects, investment in insulation and energy efficiency should eventually pay […]

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