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After

After

No, I’m not referring to the post office but rather to how projects get done slowly around these parts. Actually, this one wasn’t so bad…I think it sat around for 4 months before installing it, and we could blame most of that on winter. Who wants to enlarge an opening …

Washing machine DIY

Back in business!

Back in business!

For the last few weeks our washing machine has been making some horrible noises as it enters the spin cycle. Think of a hammer hitting sheet metal. The vibrations were so powerful that the machine moved around during each load. Some internet hunting made me think that the shock absorbers …

Sometimes the low bid leaks

Back in 2010 we finally faced the fact that our increasingly leaky patio roof was going to rot the structure underneath, and …

Tell me again, why did we start a painting project in September??

Redoing the rails

It never feels good to have to revisit a project you only completed a year earlier, but true to my suspicions, I …

LED, CFL and incandescent bulbs

Our first LED light bulbs!

We’ve been wanting to try out LED light bulbs for quite some time now, but the cost has always been a bit …

Plants!

Planter Boxes (not ours)

A couple of weeks ago we built some planter boxes for the kids’ school. I didn’t take any before pictures, but the …

Cohesiveness

The garage is painted!

It’s done. Nothing more to say. It’s a pretty massive improvement over the primed doors.

Just narcissistic enough to know it looks better than the old one

New front fence

Well, here it is…the final piece of the yard project. Until we pulled out the dirt and brought up the gravel last …

The cap went on today, so it's just a bit of paint away from being done

Railings!

The front railings are now done, barring some minor caulking and painting. To bring you back up to speed, the railings on …

mostly there...

Garage paint progress

Over the last week we’ve been painting the garage doors. We actually beat the remodeler’s equation somewhat, as it’s only been two …

The final product

Patio Speaks

This year we finally put up some permanently mounted outdoor speakers, as opposed to dragging out my old receiver and bookshelf speakers …

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We were hacked!

We recently found out that our domain hosting was compromised (by a Chinese IP address), and malware was loaded onto our site. …

Added structural integrity...or vanity?

Playhouse update

You may remember the playhouse? The one that we allegedly were building for the children but was really designed for us to use …

Spring!

Yard circa 2012

Time to check back in on the yard. Stephanie has spent several long weekends weeding, moving plants and adding new ones to …

Prototype

Planter boxes

We have been wanting to grow some herbs and veggies along the front of the garage, so I fashioned some planters out …

Last bit of the old look

Painting the back corner

You may recall that last September we were kind of forced into putting the siding on the kitchen wall by our re-fi. …

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Art. Hung. Finally.

Ouch. It’s been over 6 months since our last post. Not much going on around the house, but we did manage to …