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New Year, New Refrigerator

by Josh on December 31, 2011 · 2 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

2012 is just around the corner, so what better time to say out with the old and in with the new? In my case, I am continuing my kitchen progress by saying goodbye to my old top-freezer refrigerator and replacing it with a new and larger french door model. This upgrade probably won’t surprise regular […]

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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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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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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 […]

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When my 10-year-old Frigidaire clothes dryer started leaving friction marks on clothes, I was afraid it might be time to start shopping laundry appliances.  Fortunately, I was able to fix the dryer myself for far less than the cost of a service call or a new appliance.  In fact all it took was $50 in […]

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Reader Mike recently emailed me; I found your great house blog the other day!  I’m also working on renovating a S. Minneapolis bungalow and I’ve been trying to find out the history of the house.  What resources did you use to find out your house’s history? Well, Mike, although I hardly consider my own house […]

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Best How To And More

by Josh on March 28, 2009 · 1 comment

in Asides,Ideas

In her March 3 round-up “Best of the Blogs” at My Old House Journal, Clare Martin picked Bungalow ’23  as the “Best How To” houseblog: Photos of beautifully restored homes are great to look at—but they won’t do you much good if you don’t know how the homeowners got there. Enter Josh of Bungalow 23: […]

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A little while back, I was experiencing signs of a worn out valve in my main floor tub/shower.  The knob was getting  difficult to turn and soon I started noticing evidence of a small leak that was damaging the ceiling of the basement below the valve.   I opened up as much of the plumbing […]

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