How To Make Basic Roofing Repairs

September 19, 2011
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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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Getting Started Composting with Worms

September 8, 2011
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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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Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part Two

September 1, 2011
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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 […]

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Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part One

August 27, 2011
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Very little good can come from letting weeds get out of control in your yard. Not only do the weeds look bad, but they can choke out the desirable plants and seed themselves so the problem keeps getting worse. But in the case of milkweed, all those problems come with a glorious perk. Monarchs! You […]

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Mad Men-scaping

August 16, 2011
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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

August 8, 2011
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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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Craftsman Studios Antique Copper Bowl

July 29, 2011
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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

July 27, 2011
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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

July 25, 2011
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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

July 10, 2011
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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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