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When Disaster Strikes: A Rebuilding Guide

Last weekend I got a call from my cousin. “There’s been a fire.” As someone who once walked into her house to find a waterfall…

Pretty Mud: Things You Need To Know About Decorative Concrete

It’s possible that I almost had a minor breakdown when we had to choose the colors and patterns for the concrete that surrounds almost half…

January 25, 2011 | 22 Comments | Read the Full Article

Donkeys Love Christmas

The donkeys are getting used to that cold white stuff on the ground, and they are also getting used to us dressing them up for…

December 26, 2010 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

How Geothermal Works: Cartoon Edition

For a long time I went around saying (very confidently) “oh, yeah, we’re putting in a geothermal system,” which lasted right up until some person…

December 7, 2010 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Walk-In Shower: Step 1 – Rough Framing

You know I never shy away from a tiling challenge, so I jumped in hammer first when it came to building the walk-in shower for…

August 29, 2010 | 28 Comments | Read the Full Article

So Many Things Your Hands Can Do! (According to Delta Faucets and The Count)

I mentioned sometime last week that there was definitely not enough excitement going on around here, and that’s because I didn’t know I was going…

August 11, 2010 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Pinch and a Sting

Here’s a lesson for Thursday: Even if you’re not going to be doing any “real” work and are just hauling lumber around your yard- you…

Hauling Ass: On the Road

Add this to the list of things not usually seen in the rearview mirror…

Hauling Ass: Dry Run

Driving 1500 miles with donkeys in the back of your pickup takes a little practice… jury is still out on how well this is going…

DIY House Addition: To DIY or Hire Out?

It is the question, but the title of this series is DIY House Addition, so it’s almost like I’ve already given you the answer, isn’t…

April 27, 2010 | 7 Comments | Read the Full Article

Basement Bathroom Before & After

Another project on the list of “things I should have finished in the last five years but didn’t” is the half-bath in the basement of…

March 18, 2010 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Here to Help

I almost never look at the suggested google searches as I type in my how-to and power tool related queries (and they are many) but…

February 10, 2010 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Spare Parts

Maybe I’ve mentioned this before here once or twice, but I have the good fortune to be bound-for-life-through-homeownership to an engineer. Professional engineer, that is….

December 13, 2009 | 0 Comments | Read the Full Article

Dirt, Wood, Steel & Smirks

Us, busy? No way. Last week I said to MysteryMan (regarding some project or another for the house), “let’s just do that in the winter…

October 26, 2009 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Feeding the Addiction: Porter Cable 2-1/2 x 14″ Belt Sander

The orbital sander is doing a decent job at the stair refinishing project, but right now I’m seriously short on time, because the house is…

October 9, 2009 | 1 Comment | Read the Full Article