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construction, electrical

Back to Basics: Passing an Electrical Inspection

By John on Mar 13, 2014

Just this morning, my local township electrical inspector stopped by and reviewed the electrical work I had performed for our home office improvement project. He gave us a passing grade, which means I officially have... Continue reading

diy, walls

Back to Basics: Hanging Drywall

By John on Mar 27, 2014

In the past week or so, we started hanging drywall in our home office. It’s not a terribly quick process and it’s been consuming a few hours a night. Consequently, our post frequency has been... Continue reading

remodeling, contractors

7 Steps to Save Money Next Time You Hire a Contractor

By John on Apr 10, 2014

Everybody loves saving money, right? I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that didn’t. If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that the best way to save money on any home... Continue reading


DIY Tales: When DIY Fails

By John on Sep 30, 2013

I had high hopes for today’s post. I thought I had learned from my mistakes enough to get this one right. You were supposed to stop by today and see a black, concrete planter on... Continue reading


Top Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans

By John on Sep 12, 2013

This post stinks... Well, our trash cans do anyway. Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to go where no home blogger has gone before and talk about the trash.... Continue reading

diy, repair

Easy Home Fixes with Petroleum Jelly

By John on Sep 04, 2013

In our home, there’s always something that needs fixing. If it’s a big enough problem, I usually get right on it since there are some problems that are just not worth avoiding, like a leaking... Continue reading

diy, storage

DIY Stroller Storage

By John on Jul 30, 2013

Lately, we’ve been posting quite a bit on web design and development. If it’s not something you’re really into, I apologize. We’ll be switching back to home projects full-time very shortly. If you have been... Continue reading

garages, windows

Bug-Proofing Your Garage Windows

By John on Jul 01, 2013

This past weekend, between family reunions and thunderstorms, I was able to validate a new idea for keeping bugs out of my garage windows. As I mentioned in my last post on this topic, we... Continue reading

woodworking, trim & molding

How To: Add Trim to Cabinets

By John on May 05, 2013

Last week, we wrapped up our sitting room built-in. I also promised a quick post on how to add trim to cabinets to make them look more “built-in” and less free standing cabinet. The process... Continue reading

doors, repair

How To: Fix a Sagging Door

By John on Apr 25, 2013

Do you have something around your home that’s been sorta broken but not quite broken enough to fix it yet? For us, that forever broken item has been the closet door in our master bedroom.... Continue reading