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John Melton

An average Dad's D.I.Y. adventures with tools, remodeling, wood working and fixing stuff.

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bathroom, diy, maintenance

DIY Tales: Locating a Bathroom Leak

By John Melton on Apr 13, 2014

When I returned home from Jack's karate lesson, Sweetie told me I needed to check the toilet in the guest bathroom. It sounded like it was constantly running. I'd just replaced the valve in the... Continue reading

diy, electrical

DIY Tales: Rewiring a Lamp

By John Melton on Dec 19, 2013

The switch on our living room lamp broke, leaving my favorite quiet spot too dark. Being the handy guy about town that I am, I thought I'd take a stab at repairing it rather than... Continue reading

diy, woodworking

Quick and Easy Shaker Drawer Fronts

By John Melton on Dec 03, 2013

I've been working on a hallway organizer furniture project for over two years now. Other, more pressing, projects keep pulling me away, but this is the one I fall back to putter on, when I... Continue reading

diy, seasonal

My Favorite DIY Things (Move over Oprah!) - Part II

By John Melton on Nov 25, 2013

It's time to follow up on the list of favorite stuff started with My Favorite DIY Stuff (Move over Oprah!) - Part I, and share more fun toys for your DIY fix. Again, there's nothing... Continue reading


Tool Time: My Favorite DIY Things (Move over Oprah!)

By John Melton on Nov 13, 2013

Sweetie told me Oprah revealed her latest list of favorite things again. America's High Queen of taste-making likes some stuff and the country goes crazy. Obviously, both Ms Winfrey and I have a fan base... Continue reading


Building the Ultimate Workshop Power Strip: More Power!

By John Melton on Nov 10, 2013

Do you have one of those multi-plug power strips over your work bench that allows you to simultaneously plug in an assortment of power tools? Or perhaps a simple surge suppressor strip? Just one old,... Continue reading

gardening, outdoor structures

DIY Tales: The Aftermath of a Gigantic Fallen Cactus

By John Melton on Sep 14, 2013

I have many, many items to tackle around here. Now that we have the swimming pool somewhat on the mend, I'm exited to get to the next items on my list. But first, once again,... Continue reading

electrical, deck patio & porch

DIY Tales: Repairing Swimming Pool Equipment

By John Melton on Sep 04, 2013

So the pool's a swamp again, despite battling with all the modern chemical weaponry at my disposal. It's time to throw in the towel. We give up. It's either a dump truck full of fill-dirt... Continue reading

maintenance, plumbing, electrical

Installing a Water Heater Shut-Off Switch

By John Melton on Aug 28, 2013

Last time, I mentioned I couldn't quite get to a water heater maintenance program without doing some repairs first. I figure step number one is to bring the electrical up to snuff. I decided to... Continue reading

living spaces

Before and After: A Family Room Makeover

By John Melton on Aug 10, 2013

I pulled our old, nearly-dead (mostly dead?) computer from the closet this week and managed to extract all our old files from the hard drive. I was pleased to find a few grainy photos of... Continue reading