November 2009


by Josh on November 21, 2009 · 2 comments

in Journal

What do a dog,  a snake, and a chinchilla have in common?  They’re featured among the delightfully woeful finalists in the DIY Drama Contest sponsored by True Value Hardware. I have certainly had my share of unwelcome drama during my own house projects, and reading the DIY Drama finalists provoked plenty of humorous familiarity and sympathetic […]


Another Adirondack Underway

by Josh on November 20, 2009 · 0 comments

in furniture,Projects

The adirondack chair I built last spring spent a lonely summer in the front yard awaiting its mate. With competition for my attention from summertime activities and other house projects, however, the second chair has sat for weeks half-assembled in my garage. But now, with winter’s snow a daily possibility, completing the lawn furniture has moved […]


Out With The Ugly Kitchen Light

by Josh on November 15, 2009 · 3 comments

in Projects

Another loose end to be tied up with my bedroom project is replacing a short section of wiring for the switch to the kitchen overhead light.  As a side benefit, I will have to take down the horrible kitchen pendant light I’ve wanted to replace since I moved in.  Here is the hated light: The […]


Cutting the Cable

by Josh on November 8, 2009 · 4 comments

in Projects

As I mentioned in my last post, our family is proudly too cheap to pay for cable or satellite television. But the same can’t be said for my house’s previous owners. All along the side of the house is strung a cable TV wire that has been disconnected from the supply.  We have never used […]


Installing an Attic Antenna

by Josh on November 7, 2009 · 5 comments

in Projects

When my house was built in 1923, the builders couldn’t anticipate the wiring demands of occupants 86 years later.  I am gradually separating circuits and updating electrical wires, but wiring for telephone and television is also outdated. For the TV, our too-cheap-to-pay-for-cable household has used a set of rabbit ears on top of the entertainment […]