Installing an Attic Antenna

by Josh on November 7, 2009 · 5 comments

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When my house was built in 1923, the builders couldn’t anticipate the wiring demands of occupants 86 years later.  I am gradually separating circuits and updating electrical wires, but wiring for telephone and television is also outdated. For the TV, our too-cheap-to-pay-for-cable household has used a set of rabbit ears on top of the entertainment […]


Post-Insulation Follow-up

by Josh on October 14, 2009 · 5 comments

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It has been a week since the spray foam insulation was installed for my upstairs bedroom renovation project, so it’s time for me to make good on my pledge to provide a follow-up post on the issues of smell and satisfaction. That New Insulation Smell Venting the newly-foamed areas with fans was essential for the […]


Insulation Day Live Blog

by Josh on October 7, 2009 · 8 comments

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After a two-day schedule shift to allow my insulator to work on an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house in St. Paul, today is my insulation day! I thought it would be fun to try a live blog format to capture the pace of the day’s activity.  I’m already a bit behind schedule, so let’s get […]


Bedroom Update: Wired

by Josh on July 31, 2009 · 10 comments

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My bedroom renovation project passed the first of several inspections a little while back when the electrical inspector signed off on the wiring rough-in. For now, those new wires are sitting dormant until the walls are finished and the new fixtures and receptacles can be connected.  But the upgrade of the electrical box from fuses […]


Electricians’ Eve

by Josh on July 8, 2009 · 0 comments

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Twas the night before the electricians and through part of the house I was marking outlet locations with help from my spouse… Since my last post, I received bids from four electrical contractors and selected one to work with me on the bedroom project upstairs.  Tomorrow the wires start running. If the electrical job simply […]


Bedroom Update: In Pictures

by Josh on June 19, 2009 · 5 comments

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My last couple posts have lacked pictures, but I finally took the camera around and captured a few images of the progress up in the bedroom. This first photo shows the partially-stripped door into the bedroom and the newly relocated doorframe for the closet.  The radiator at the bottom of the image is sitting partially […]


As scheduled, my construction contractor arrived on Monday morning with his assistant to finish up the framing in my bedroom project.  While they relocated a door frame and furred out rafters, I hauled away demolition material and kept my kids out of trouble. After a few hours, the framing was finished and the room was […]


Getting Back To Reality

by Josh on June 9, 2009 · 5 comments

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Reality.  We can waste a lot of time and energy trying to avoid it, but eventually, unfailingly, reality catches up with us. So what’s the reality that I’ve been trying to avoid?  Simply this: my upstairs bedroom project will not be finished by the end of the summer if I insist on doing the work […]


The Closet That Never Was

by Josh on April 23, 2009 · 5 comments

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With the framing work in the south upstairs bedroom complete, I have turned my attention to clearing debris and preparing for electical work.   Recently I cleared the fiberglass batts and blown cellulose from an area just off the living space that looks like it was designed to be a closet.  I already knew the […]


Upstairs Railing

by Josh on January 14, 2006 · 2 comments

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Mike over at the Foxcroft houseblog is looking for railing examples for his upstairs remodelling project. I responded to his inquiry on the American Bungalow forums to let him know I’d post some photos of the railing in our bungalow as an example. Our railing is nothing particularly special. It is painted (for now) and […]