How To Make A Rain Barrel*

by Josh on November 22, 2010 · 5 comments

in garden,Projects

*Rain not included As I scrape ice off the car windshield and shovel backbreaking snowfalls the coming weeks in Minneapolis, it is tantalizing to dream of rain showers, gardening and green plants.  When the rain comes next spring, I’ll be ready to jumpstart my gardening with the new rain barrel I built this fall. Why […]


It used to be that the only way to make an antique toilet use less water was to put a brick or two in the tank.  It’s a nice idea, but sometimes the old toilets don’t work as well with a smaller flush volume than they were designed for.  And if you have to flush […]


Home Tour Highlights

by Josh on May 2, 2009 · 1 comment

in Journal

Last weekend I visited a handful of homes on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour. Three of the four homes I toured were near my neighborhood and the fourth I sought out specifically for its energy improvements. Although this post will include several photos with descriptions, additional photos can be found in the 2009 […]

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Local Events Roundup

by Josh on April 24, 2009 · 4 comments

in Ideas,Journal

For my readers in the Twin Cities area, there are a number of excellent events coming up over the next few weekends that deserve your consideration. Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free This event showcasing urban living […]


A few weekends ago, I stole away from my own house projects long enough to catch the last hour of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club‘s 2008 Home Tour. I only had time to make it to the first house on the tour, but it was a good one– a nearby bungalow with a contractor for […]


Some fellow Minneapolitans may have found the answer to my pigeon problems. Best of all, this pigeon control solution is completely green, VOC-free, locally-sourced and all-natural. It’s a predator! This video was shot by netclift about a mile from my place: And Lost Forest After Dark shows what happens when a pigeon meets a hawk. […]


Paint Recycling

by Josh on April 22, 2008 · 5 comments

in Journal

I’m an admirer of the “one in, one out” policy of clutter control. This is the idea that for every new thing you bring into your house you must get rid of one old thing– preferably through donation, sale, or recycling, not trash. This can work wonderfully for things like clothing or books, but what […]