Outdoors

Making a Giant Christmas Wreath

by Josh on December 24, 2011 · 5 comments

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A couple weeks ago, I got a letter from the city notifying me that my juniper bushes were encroaching on the sidewalk and needed to be trimmed. (Sorry, neighbors!) Within a few days I got out my anvil lopper and cut back the offending bushes, but because the city has stopped collecting yard waste until […]

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Backyard Reboot

by Josh on November 8, 2011 · 2 comments

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I love it when a plan comes together. A couple posts ago I shared my plan to revise the back yard to remove the vegetable garden, consolidate the patio space, and expand the lawn. Now I can show my steps to enact that plan and how the results turned out. Unbuilding the Garden Taking out […]

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Staining the Deck

by Josh on September 22, 2011 · 1 comment

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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

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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 […]

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Triangulating the Deck

by Josh on August 8, 2011 · 8 comments

in Deck,Projects

While cleaning the deck recently, I had some time to think. As I scrubbed away at the mildew stains, I realized that my plan to clean and stain the deck had a problem: Cleaning and staining are fine for maintenance but the deck needed more than maintenance– it needed help. The deck was added to […]

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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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