Clicker Garage Door Keypad

by Josh on May 28, 2010 · 3 comments

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Why didn’t I do this sooner? For years I’ve thought it would be useful to have an entry keypad for my overhead garage door, but I assumed it wasn’t possible without a new garage door opener and I never really looked into it. But when my house painters asked about accessing the basement sink and […]


Installing a Surface-Mount Door Lock

by Josh on October 30, 2009 · 1 comment

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Recently, the surface-mount lock on the door from the basement to my tuckunder garage broke. Although this posed a minimal security risk, my peace of mind required taking care of it sooner rather than later. This is the kind of project for which I love having easy access to a local hardware store. I can […]

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Chicken Boing Boing

by Josh on July 27, 2006 · 0 comments

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The father of one of my childhood friends used to make a dinner called “Chicken Boing Boing.” Basically it was chicken plus whatever happened to be in the fridge or on the cupboard. This post is like chicken boing boing, but without the chicken. I’ve got a number of small unrelated updates to record, so […]


Speedheater Round Two

by Josh on February 20, 2006 · 7 comments

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After the smelly smoke of my first foray with the Silent Paint Remover nearly drove my family out of the house, I knew I needed to change my plans for stripping paint in the south bedroom upstairs. So I moved my operation down to the garage where effective workspace ventilation is as simple as opening […]


Knowing when to fold ‘em

by Josh on September 11, 2005 · 4 comments

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I have been struggling with a filthy clogged floor drain in my tuckunder garage for a couple weeks now and I’m about ready to call it quits. A friend was kind enough to lend me his drain snake (thanks, Daniel!) but so far I’ve only been able to lower the level of sludge in the […]