Plumbing

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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With my butcherblock countertop cut and finished, I was ready to install it along with my new kitchen sink and faucet. As a reminder, here is the sink area of my kitchen before the installation: I began the replacement process by removing the current countertop and sink. For the countertop I scored the caulk along […]

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Finishing the New Butcherblock Countertop

by Josh on December 21, 2011 · 1 comment

in Projects

My plans for the kitchen countertop, sink and backsplash will make a big difference in my low-cost kitchen upgrade project, so I couldn’t wait to get rolling. I started with the countertop because the unfinished length of cherry butcherblock that I bought needed to be cut and finished prior to installation. Cutting the countertop was […]

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Chambers Stove Installation

by Josh on December 29, 2010 · 12 comments

in Projects

With my vintage Chambers 61C kitchen stove sufficiently cleaned and updated with a new oven pilot light and gas shutoff safety system I was ready to connect the gas for final stove testing and adjustment.  Unfortunately, my kitchen wasn’t ready to cooperate until I updated the gas supply pipe.  Add that one to my list […]

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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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New Toilet Tips

by Josh on August 6, 2010 · 4 comments

in Bathroom,Projects

It’s the most popular seat in the house, but the toilet in my main floor bathroom was a mess.  The tank cover was chipped up, it used obscene amounts of water to flush, and–despite my repair attempts–it often needed the handle jiggled to stop the tank fill. So I decided it was time to upgrade […]

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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 […]

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Inside The Plumbing Chase

by Josh on March 4, 2009 · 10 comments

in Bathroom,Journal

In my last post I described the repair I made to the shower valve in the main bath.  As part of that process I accessed the bathroom plumbing chase for the first time.  What I found there added some interesting information about the house’s past.   The first thing I noticed was the bucket and […]

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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 as […]

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Frozen Pipes Again

by Josh on January 16, 2009 · 4 comments

in Journal

Last year it was the pipes in the master bath on the top floor.  Now the water pipes to the kitchen sink and dishwasher froze up after a string of days with below 0 degree F temperatures. Placed over the tuck-under garage, the kitchen is always the coldest room on the main floor this time […]

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