Projects

The New Backyard Plan

by Josh on October 28, 2011 · 6 comments

in Gardens,Projects

A few years ago I beefed up the raised garden bed in my backyard with a decorative fence and soil amendments. My goal was simple: to make the veggie garden more attractive and productive. Three years later, the garden fence still looks good, but I have concluded that no amount of compost in the soil […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Mad Men-scaping

by Josh on August 16, 2011 · 9 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

Multiple choice: What do I have in common with style icon of the moment, Don Draper, the fictional 60’s ad executive of AMC’s drama Mad Men? 3-martini lunches shameless womanizing a dark and mysterious past a great old-school shave Yeah, it’s the shave.  But for me, shaving like a Mad Man is as much a […]

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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

in Deck,Projects

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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It might not be a car that turns into a robot, but what other than “transformer” do you call a table that can change from a 42″ round pedestal to a 102″ five-legged banquet?  Optimus Table?  Tablemus Prime? Ususally I just call it my dining room table. I first showed the new-to-me table and chairs […]

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When I hung the schoolhouse light fixtures in my kitchen a few weeks back, readers suggested that I try painting stripes on my inexpensive big box lights like the ones on the expensive schoolhouse globes I loved at the specialty lighting shops.  But with all the curves on the globes, I wan’t at all confident […]

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When I last wrote about my kitchen project I showed the exterior side of converting the old back door to a new alcove for the refrigerator.  This time the work shifts indoors with a before-and-after comparison of this part of the kitchen. I had already removed the door, framed the opening and faced on the […]

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