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Mark Goff

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Painting and Restoring a 143-Year-Old Home

By Mark Goff on Aug 20, 2013

It all began seven weeks ago, the forecast is now easily another four to six weeks to go, and we are only doing the three story section of the house this year. We certainly have... Continue reading

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DIY Deck Building: Lifts, Beams, and Bells

By Mark Goff on Mar 05, 2013

Is it spring yet? The sun has been paying us an ongoing visit, the daffodils are in bloom, and the trees are beginning to flower! Still chilly at night, but this weather has finally given... Continue reading

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Deck the house

By Mark Goff on Oct 02, 2012

We are alive and well in Healdsburg. Fall is upon us and somehow it is October first, I don't know how that happened. Now that the house is bank financed and some of the external... Continue reading

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Ding Dong Dumb Dumbs

By Mark Goff on Aug 06, 2012

An old door bell, not the type that has a crank handle that you twist to ring a bell, but a somewhat newer style, newer from the 1940's, that has a clock and chime tubes... Continue reading

Our big adventure

By Mark Goff on May 10, 2012

The Weather has definitely changed to spring, the roses are blooming, town is bustling with visitors and the tasting rooms and vineyards are mad with the sounds of sipping. The farmers market is open again,... Continue reading

Suck up and bust!

By Mark Goff on Apr 24, 2012

HUH?, what the hell is "suck up and bust"?  I have a dear old friend from Tennessee, who speaks with a rathah difficult to understand Southern drawl. "Suck up and bust" was always one of... Continue reading

Déjà Vu

By Mark Goff on Jan 19, 2012

Our favorite saying around here is... "Anything that can be done, can be done again!" But in this case, or shall I say "staircase" we are doing it again, but not redoing it his time.... Continue reading

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My Left Eye

By Mark Goff on Nov 21, 2011

Rule 1.  Do not get plaster in your eye! We set aside three days last week, Friday through Sunday, to finish the study. Gut the office furniture, finish the baseboards, trim the baseboards and the... Continue reading