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Lately, when  Jill and I tell somebody we own a small farm, they often tell us, “Oh, you have to... The post Living America’s Farm Fantasy appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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How To Avoid A Contractor Scam True Story: A group of men, reportedly with Irish accents, have been knocking on doors around town offering residents services to work on their home, from chimney work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Posted 5 hours 46 min ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments

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I want to share a bit about the new Ryobi ONE+ 6 piece combo kit and the 60 piece bit set. Both are a great value, and if you’re in the market for a combo kit or a nice bit set, they are worth your consideration. The combo kit is especially nice if you’re new to the ONE+ platform and looking to get a jump on a number of tools. It includes a drill driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw, oscillating multi-tool (OMT), and a flashlight. It also includes a charger, two batteries (1.5Ah and 4Ah), and a big bag for $299 at The Home Depot. Is it odd that I’m really excited about the bit set? The 60 piece, multi-material, drill and driving bits are good for wood, metal, masonry and plastic....
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Imagine it.  Brooklyn, sometime in the 1980s.  I was just a kid and happened to catch some tv segment about families visiting Finnish Lapland to meet the big guy in red in the "real" North Pole.  It looked magical then but our family did not go on vacations no less fancy international ones to play in the snow so I filed it away in the back reaches of my brain.  It wasn't until years later that I was bit by the travel bug that I realized this was a real thing that lots of people did.  (Mostly Europeans.  Lapland is not on the travel map of most Americans - likely due to the distance and general lack of marketing to Americans).  I have been waiting for my kids to be old enough to enjoy the experience and it was finally time.  Off we headed to Finnish Lapland.There are many ways to visit Lapl...
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Welcome to the Accent Table Megapost combining both posts about the design and build of the little accent table made specifically for the end of the upstairs hallway in 2019.  So, the class I'm in is winding up and I have a couple days off work so I wanted to get in the workshop and do something.  One thing I've been wanting to do is make an accent table for the end of the upstairs hallway.  Here's where we left of in October:It's really difficult to get a good picture up there, but you get the idea.  The problem with that spot is that there are two doorways at the end of the hallway so whatever piece was to go there certainly could't be particularly big, otherwise you'r have to squeeze by whenever you went into a room.  I don't like that idea, so I had to come up with a solution.  I decid...
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I got obsessed with getting a rocking chair this fall. I went hiking in the Adirondacks and we stayed at an old cabin that had several comfortable Craftsman style rockers. I had been keeping an eye on the various online auction and sale site and pretty much resigned myself to the thought I'd never find one.   To my surprised, one came on the market at a good price. It was a solid oak piece that was just the size and style I was looking for. The chair had been refurbished once before but so long ago that it had a lot of wear. Some joints needed reinforcement, the main leather and springs in the seat weren't very comfortable and the shellac finish was chipping and uneven.I decided to take on refinishing and re-upholstering the chair....
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Brooklyn has become the scorching hot real estate market that Manhattan was in the 1970s: a middle class ghetto surrounded by wealth, eye-popping net worths and double-digit property appreciation. Or at least that’s the case for what is referred to as “downtown Brooklyn”, a collection of tony neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and DUMBO. Thanks to what’s left of rent control and stabilization, while there are still legacy denizens living in those neighborhoods, one can’t even think about being their neighbors today without a generous Wall Street executive salary.  The average 2019 monthly rent paid in the Heights is $3,721 according to That means a salary of at least $200k/year if you want to be able to, you know, eat....
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It’s coming to the time of year that we get reduced cloud cover and a lot more sunshine. This will mean that our solar panels will start to generate more power again, which is helpful. It’s been quite a while since I last cleaned them, so last weekend I picked up a soft bristle brush to have a go at cleaning them. The last few times that I have cleaned the panels I have just hosed them off, letting the water pressure from the hose do the work of cleaning the solar panels. However this year I’ll be giving them a scrub to really clean them up. I was curious about what kind of performance increase I would get from cleaning them, and after watching the below video, I reckon it’ll be pretty significant....
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It's been so long... (how long has it been?) So long that I almost don't know where to start!  Just because we haven't posted here in a while sure doesn't mean we haven't been working hard on house projects, I can assure you! Between our row house's basement project, the hallway in our Foursquare, teaching our new dog, Truman, the ropes, a server crash that impacted the blog, life in general, and many outdoor projects, we've sure had our hands full. Rather than trying to bombard you with a million and one little details from all of the projects, let's focus on just one for today.  It's THE CRAWLSPACE DIG!!!!!!  This is a project that we've been thinking about since nearly day one in our home....
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