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A Wee Bit of Broken Grout

Sometimes, taking care of a tiny little problem can prevent having to deal with a great big problem. Continue reading

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Sixteen-Penny Insanity

A squeaky floor can be sort of comforting… or drive a person to the brink of insanity. Sometimes our “fixes” make things worse… Continue reading

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An Hour of Prevention

He who loves his wife and wants her to return the favor must take extra precautions when sanding drywall in the house in which she lives. Continue reading

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Deeper Than the Covering

Neither old houses nor young lives can endure without solid foundations. Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

The idea seemed so brilliant at the time I could barely contain myself. With a minimum of effort, I would improve the thermal efficiency of the bedroom and provide a slight bit of soundproofing as well. What a great idea! … Continue reading

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Remodeling 2014

Sometimes, we have to live, at least for a while, amidst ugly that we cannot change. But that awareness should not become an excuse for not doing what we can to make things better. Continue reading

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Bailout

On the other hand, being a privileged person in a privileged society, I believe there are other options. I could contact my elected officials and propose that this section of the highway should be re-routed in such a way as to eliminate any irritation to me and inflict it upon my neighbors. Continue reading

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A More Challenging Pattern

In this one, I am reminded that we may, from time to time, find ourselves in the sublime pursuit of some goal or another that seems to elude, evade and otherwise overcome our finest efforts. We should not forget that in some of those situations in which it seems that what we are trying to do is quite impossible, there may be a simple explanation. Continue reading

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Truth in Advertising

Over the years of remodeling, I’ve helped strip off old wallpaper more than once. It’s not my favorite job. In fact, it’s often an exercise in persistence, patience and frustration. I’ve scraped, scratched, torn and then sprayed on enough vinegar to alter the pH level of an entire limestone quarry. Continue reading

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Good Help and Good Company

Fact is, I could do all of this plumbing work by myself, taking it step by step, and slogging my way forward. Sooner or later, I’d get it done. Continue reading

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