July 2011

A neighborhood furniture and antique store is preparing to close its doors after over 30 years. I stopped in looking for deals as they wind down their operation. The first thing to catch my eye was this curvy and deeply finished oak wall clock. The dark oak was a great match with the trim in […]

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DIY True Stories Contest

by Josh on July 27, 2011 · 0 comments

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Every home owner has experienced them– house projects that go wrong. Here just a few forms those DIY problems can take: The Snowball: a DIY project that just keep growing larger or more expensive The Puzzler: a DIY project that leaves you stumped about what to do next The Whopper: a DIY project so large […]

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Deck Cleaning in 4 Easy Steps

by Josh on July 25, 2011 · 6 comments

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Maintain what you’ve got. It’s thrifty, green, preservationist, and pretty much the first rule of smart home ownership. So why in over six years here have I never done a minute’s worth of maintenance work to my small backyard deck? After this much neglect, the deck is long overdue for a thorough cleaning and sealing. Some […]

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New Tool: Sony A55 DSLR Camera

by Josh on July 10, 2011 · 9 comments

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It won’t be kept in my workshop, but you’ll notice the contribution of this tool to every project I share.  It’s my new Sony a55 dslr camera. I have owned film slr cameras before, but never a digital version.  I’ve been casually shopping them for a while, but I really got inspired when I saw […]

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