September 2011

Newton’s First Law of Air Conditioning

by Josh on September 26, 2011 · 7 comments

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An air conditioner at rest will remain at rest unless it is acted upon by a careless dolt (me) who doesn’t hold onto it during removal. An air conditioner in motion will remain in motion until it is acted upon by the mass of the planet earth beneath my backyard patio. This little accident could have […]


True Value Update

by Josh on September 26, 2011 · 0 comments

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I couldn’t be more thrilled to have True Value Hardware as a partner on this blog. Their sponsorship enabled my recent work on my deck and they continue to provide great opportunities for DIYers like you, my readers. In fact, there is so much happening with True Value, it really needs a special post to […]


Staining the Deck

by Josh on September 22, 2011 · 1 comment

in Deck,Projects

Clean the deck: check. Expand the deck: check. And now I can check off the last step in my deck maintenance project: staining the deck. Before I launch into the before-and-after, first a word about deck stain. Like all wood finishes, deck stain serves two basic purposes: it enhances the appearance and it protects the […]

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How To Make Basic Roofing Repairs

by Josh on September 19, 2011 · 0 comments

in Outdoors,Projects

Homeowners who neglect the condition of their roof do so at their peril. After all, water will always take the path of least resistance– and with damaged shingles that could be through your ceiling or walls. Knowing how to make a few basic repairs to your roof can not only save you the cost of […]


Getting Started Composting with Worms

by Josh on September 8, 2011 · 3 comments

in Projects

Composting is great. For the small effort of dumping your fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and occasional leaf litter in a backyard bin or pile, you can produce a rich soil additive to use in gardens, windowboxes, planters and pots. But what if you’re lazy? You like the idea of turning your kitchen trash […]


Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part Two

by Josh on September 1, 2011 · 3 comments

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Over the past few weeks my family has adopted several monarch caterpillars we found on the milkweed in our yard. In the first part of this story, I shared how those caterpillars grew and formed their chrysalises. Now I can show the transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. A few hours after the caterpillar has made […]