The chief strength of all-in-one tools is their versatility.  And the chief weakness of all-in-one tools is also their versatility.  In order to squeeze in those extra features, typically something has to give, be it size, price, or customization.  Therefore, when judging a multi-featured tool, the essential question is whether the convenience outweighs the compromises. […]


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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Cool Tool: DeWalt Tracksaw

by Josh on January 26, 2009 · 9 comments

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For years I have had a table saw on my tool wish list.  The reasons I haven’t bought one yet are complicated.  I don’t have the budget or dedicated space for a big, cast iron contractor saw like the ones I saw at Table Saw Geeks, but portable benchtop saws–though usually more affordable–are also noisy, […]


Cool Tool: The Snow Plow Shovel

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 12 comments

in Ideas

My parents and I agreed that we would cut back on Christmas gifts this year, but that didn’t stop “Santa” from delivering an awesome new Snowplow shovel to my front porch the week of Christmas. Readers in warmer locations might not appreciate the value of a great snow shovel, but for my corner lot in […]


After pouring over the sale catalog, considering our garden needs, and preparing my shopping list, I am finally ready for the Friends School Plant Sale tomorrow. This will be my first year going to the sale on Friday, its opening day, so I’m expecting that the crowds and craziness I have experienced in past years […]


Hodge Podge

by Josh on April 1, 2008 · 1 comment

in Journal

Nothing much got accomplished around the house in the past few days. Our extended family needed some help over the weekend and I took a bike ride with my 4-year-old son on Sunday, before yesterday’s snow storm. I had hoped I would get a few hours to work on the nursery project but that just […]

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Early Christmas Present

by Josh on December 14, 2007 · 8 comments

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I know I’m supposed to wait to buy things for myself for a couple more weeks– especially when they’re things I told people I wanted as a Christmas gift. But I couldn’t resist. I need a new cordless drill. I have outgrown my old 9.6v firestorm drill, and passed the dependable life of it’s ni-cad […]


Wires Through The Walls

by Josh on November 20, 2007 · 0 comments

in Projects

With the help of a new tool, I made some progress this last weekend on my nursery renovation project. The tool? A fish tape that allowed me to run new romex from the fuse panel in the basement up to the utility run on the upper level. Then I went fishing again to be able […]


Refrigerator Magnet Totally Lies

by Josh on September 15, 2007 · 0 comments

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For my birthday, my mother-in-law (don’t worry– she doesn’t read this) gave me a refrigerator magnet with a picture of two guys with their heads under the hood of an old car. The caption reads: “A man needs only two tools in his workshop: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, […]


Cool Tool: Drill Bike

by Josh on August 29, 2007 · 4 comments

in Ideas

Here’s a plug-in electric vehicle any DIYer or home improvement geek could be proud of: a mini bike powered by an 18-volt cordless drill. The folks at This Old House found this product at the national hardware show and then the Make blog picked it up, too.