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Holes in the ceiling, dust on the floor, mess all around, and when it comes to projects, there's always more, more, more. In DIY, like in life, coping is an important skill to master...or at least a skill one must make an attempt at mastering. But what is it to cope?verbThe thing is, when I'm talking about coping and DIY, I could actually be talking about a few different aspects of the above definition. For example, a heathy dose of denial might be the best way to cope with a home disaster, but a jigsaw may be my tool of choice when coping a joint. Over the years we've taken on a lot of projects in an attempt to master various skills...or become slightly more than mediocre at them. Read Full Post...
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Last year Troy-Bilt sent us their Flex System with snowblower and pressure washer attachments for review. I wrote about the pressure washer soon after we received it. I didn’t write about the snowblower; however, we cleared two feet of snow a car width’s wide for nearly two-tenths of a mile during a blizzard last winter and the unit held up well. The only drawback on the snow blower was the early demise of two add-on tire sheaths that provide extra grip for the tires while snow blowing. Both of them wore out towards the end of about 10 hours of use. We’ll likely buy a new set before this year’s cold weather gets underway. Last month, Troy-Bilt sent us the FLEX Plug Aerator Attachment for review....
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Posted 2 days 16 hours ago on One Project Closer

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In an age of electronic everything, I'm a sucker for snail mail.  Especially if the occasion is a happy one.  So of course I had do so something to announce Oscar's arrival in an old school way.  Sticking with the same inspiration for his nursery, we went with a retro travel inspired look.Just like with all my mailings, I like to include a little treat (Agatha's birth announcements came with candy). This time it was a little balsa wood flyer. I admit I had never seen these before but they are fun to fly and race.  Not sure who enjoys them more - the boys or their fathers!...
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Big leafy house plants. If they’re large and healthy looking they can make the room and we’ve all seen the glossy magazine shots to prove it. They can also ruin your day if you pay a lot for one that later croaks, leaving you feeling like a good-for-nothing plant killer. But not only have I managed to keep my big plants (mostly) alive – I’ve found a new favorite that’s super easy. First, let’s talk about the fiddle leaf fig. We, like 99.9% of blogland, have fallen hard for them. We’ve got two that have been happily cohabitating with us for years: one tall guy that resides in the office and a bushier one in the dining room....
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In order to understand some of the opportunities we have with restoring our home's exterior woodwork, I took some time to put together the research I have about the home and look more carefully at the neighboring structures. At first glance, you notice a group of similar modest structures that have changed over the hundred years since they were first built. Closer inspection reveals that some have been muddled beyond recognition while others have been carefully restored. No matter what condition, it is a group of buildings with great variety on their single bungalow theme.  There are thirty of these bungalows, on two blocks in Oak Park's Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. They were all built by Raymond Hancock....
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Installing Cedar Trim onto Brick We were recently asked to dress up the rear entrance of the Concord Book Shop with a custom door surround. The brick surrounding this door has some sort of pink paint... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Posted 1 week 21 hours ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments

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The central stair hall / vestibule of our house is pretty unique for a Philly row house. The door is centered in the front facade and you immediately have three choices when entering the front door: turn left to the living room, go straight up the stairs, turn right into the dining room. Fourth option is of course turn around and down the stoop to the garden. It’s not a spacious front hall by any means, but it does mean we have a gracious steep and wide stair which is always on display to guests and tempting small children to climb. As mentioned before, we started test- stripping some paint and had paint samples on the wall and the risers. For 6-7 years. It was easy to overlook this area as we wrapped up other projects....
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As a reminder, when I started the back stoop, which seems like forever ago, it looked like this:So it was time.  At the end of the last post, the stoop was looking like:It was getting there.  Really, all I had to do was paint, but if you know me - I......hate.....painting!  Stain on the floorboards and two coats of B-I-N primer, and two coats of paint later, here it was (of course Linus supervised throughout):Oh, just a quick step backward - here's the stoop without the doors.  As you can see the mower and some other things are stored below:What you can't see here is that the storage runs the entire length of the back porch, more storage is always good!...
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Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago on 173 Our Old House

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AGL, our current electricity provider, recently updated us to a digital or “smart” meter. The specific model that they installed is an EDMI Atlas Mk10D. When we had the meter installed by AGL we were informed that we could opt out from the new meter. We decided to go ahead with it because it would allow us more detail of our energy usage....
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Posted 4 weeks 4 days ago on Renovate Australia

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Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series Carriage House Doors Years ago there were very few options when it came to garage doors. You either bought a steel door that looked rather commercial or you went with a wood door that required lots of maintenance. Sure there were many different styles to choose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Posted 15 weeks 2 days ago on Helpful Advice for Home Construction Improvement