Basement

Ready to Rock

by Josh on January 26, 2006 · 1 comment

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Demolition of the basement workshop “cardboard wall” is complete. Last night I installed a new double electrical box in the wall and wired it up for two additional outlets for the workshop. Adding the box was a simple task, particularly with all the new wiring already in the wall from when the previous owners finished […]

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Official Distraction

by Josh on January 23, 2006 · 2 comments

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It’s official. Fixing up the basement workshop reached project status this weekend when I picked up drywall and mud for the wall I’m refinishing there. I was supposed to start working on the upstairs bedroom, particularly now that my cool new Speedheater infrared paint remover has arrived. All I wanted to do in the workshop […]

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Old Drawer Liner

by Josh on January 20, 2006 · 4 comments

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While dismantling the storage drawers and shelves in the basement workshop, I found some interesting old paper lining a couple of the drawers. The papers date from the house’s “parsonage era” from 1952 to 1973 when it was owned by the last Norwegian-language Lutheran church in the city and occupied by Norwegian pastors. It was […]

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Cardboard Wall

by Josh on January 17, 2006 · 1 comment

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“Walls like cardboard” is supposed to be a joke reserved for cheap motels. So what can I say about walls made of actual cardboard in my basement workshop? Over the past three days I have been dismantling the worn-out storage cabinets flanking my workshop space. With the cabinets removed, I was able to completely see […]

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Organizing the Workshop

by Josh on January 13, 2006 · 0 comments

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Is it possible to live too close to IKEA? While picking up shelves for the new toyroom I couldn’t resist getting some shelving for my woefully disorganized workshop also. It’s an impulse buy, but I guess there are worse impulses. At least IKEA impulses are cheap and stylish… I’m still working on filling the shelves, […]

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Playroom Shelves

by Josh on January 12, 2006 · 2 comments

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For our next restoration project, we’re tackling one of the upstairs bedrooms. It’s been serving as a playroom for our son and we hope someday it will become the bedroom for a second child. Before then we have a lot of old paint and wallpaper to strip, some windows to restore, and perhaps some insulation […]

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Deep Freeze

by Josh on January 10, 2006 · 1 comment

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Here in Minneapolis, our outdoor temperatures are unseasonably warm and forecasts are predicting a week of above the freezing mark. Inside Bungalow ‘23, however, it’s always subzero in our new freezer. Thanks to my brother and his spacious Scion xB (I have serious car envy) we picked up and installed the freezer on Friday night. […]

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Old Plank and Sawhorses

by Josh on January 6, 2006 · 1 comment

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We’ve been trying to save money on food and shorten our prep time at dinner by buying and cooking in bulk and freezing simple meals for later. Just this week we enjoyed a delicious dinner of butternut squash and pear soup made in September with squash from our garden. Yum! Bulk cooking has worked great […]

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Quality Worth Crowing About

by Josh on September 4, 2005 · 0 comments

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The rooster doesn’t have the same marketing power he once did. That’s my guess, anyway, after finding a very old newpaper ad for Marvels Cigarettes stuck to a shelf in my basement storeroom. The ad features a rooster logo and the groan-inducing tagline, “Quality worth crowing about.”

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For my first history entry, I’m starting with one of the most obvious mysteries from the house’s past: the basement storeroom. Just past the boiler, tucked into a corner of the basement is a storeroom lined with shelves like the one pictured above. Along the edge of the shelves are labels of years running from […]

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