Oliver Harriett

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By day, Oliver Harriett owns and operates a painting contractor business. Nights and weekends, he writes about the joys and pains of home improvement.

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MARCH 9, 2015 | MONDAY
This Company Makes Furniture from Salvaged Fire Hose

Every single month, tons of fire hose reaches the end of its useful life and must be disposed of. That's when Oakland-based Oxgut Hose Co. steps in. Since 2013, the company has been worki...

MARCH 6, 2015 | FRIDAY
House Envy: A Cantilevering Creekside Retreat

In California wine country, a house-hunting couple struck upon a cozy, cedar-shingled cabin. Encompassing 960 square feet, the home sat nestled in a grove of trees, just a stone's skip re...

MARCH 6, 2015 | FRIDAY
Now You Need Only 1 Remote—Your Cell Phone

Though a half dozen remote controls clutter your coffee table at any given time, doesn't it always seem like the one you need is nowhere to be found? With a new smart home product, the Bl...

MARCH 3, 2015 | TUESDAY
How To: Remove Tile

Though it's not easy, removing tile is an early and necessary step in some of the most common, albeit ambitious, home remodeling projects. If you're lucky, the tile was originally install...

MARCH 2, 2015 | MONDAY
From the Hudson Valley, Furniture with a Sense of Place

Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio are partners in marriage—and partners in business. In their first venture together, the couple converted an abandoned gas station into a showroom that became...

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | THURSDAY
The World's First and Only $99 Light Bulb

Light bulbs didn't change for decades—arguably for a full century. But then, somewhat all of a sudden, a confluence of scientific, cultural, political and technological factors combined t...

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 | MONDAY
New Kits Make DIY Profitable for Some, Foolproof for All

Like so many other do-it-yourself enthusiasts, Nicole Shariat Farb frequently browsed blogs and social media sites, always in search of her next project. On many occasions, however, her a...

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 | FRIDAY
A Contractor Duo Designs a More Perfect Hammer

After a combined thirty years in the construction business, brothers Steve and Rick Spencer had grown tired of relying on tools they viewed as merely mediocre. Together, they set out to d...

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 | MONDAY
A Forgotten Forest Lies at the Bottom of a Lake in Maine

In remote Millinocket, ME, there are as many as 1 million cords of wood resting at the bottom of Quakish Lake. Since 2009, Maine Heritage Timber has been pulling those logs out of the wat...

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 | THURSDAY
Is Your Tape Measure Obsolete? Maybe.

The measuring tape: It's a tool of unobjectionable simplicity, no more or less complicated than it needs to be—for some measuring jobs. There are times, however, when the old standby reve...