Author Archives: Stacey

What Tutorials Don’t Say About Refinishing Wood Floors

I’m happy AND angry. – Ralph Wiggum The next step in the upstairs remodel was refinishing the floors. Kevin previously wove salvaged flooring into the existing boards, so now we have actual flooring throughout the upstairs. We decided to do … Continue reading

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First Principles Thinking In Action

Homer: Aw, twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut! Brain: Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts. Homer: Explain how! Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services. When my brother and I were kids, if we were trying to puzzle something … Continue reading

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Radical Radiator Plan

Who would have thought a whale could be so heavy? – Moe Once, there were two good-sized radiators upstairs. We removed one for floor-plan reasons (it ended up being inside a closet). After draining and disconnecting it, we put it … Continue reading

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Quartz Countertop Dechippification

Mmmmm, chips! – Homer Simpson Not too long ago, we found a small chip on the edge of the sink. It was virtually invisible, but we knew it was there, and it made us both a little sad. We can’t … Continue reading

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Good Fences Make Sore People

Look! Achy Breaky Stacy for a dollar ninety-nine! One of our New Year’s priorities for 2014(!!!) was repairing our leaning privacy fence. We didn’t get it done. This spring, I was concerned (and embarrassed) enough about the angle that I wanted … Continue reading

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No Need to Hack: Ikea Mail-Ready Basket

Now there’s no choice but to go…store-bought! – Marge Simpson Once upon a time, I cut up an Ikea magazine basket to make a hanging mail basket. This hack has held up surprisingly well. But if it starts to fall apart, it seems Ikea has me … Continue reading

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Render Unto Caesar

Plant Inspector: Gum used to seal crack in cooling tower. Mr. Burns: I’m as shocked as you are! Last week, the general inspector signed off on our 16-month-old building permit. Almost everything done on the various permits had been approved months earlier; the roof and a … Continue reading

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Update

Since last we posted, in no particular order: 1. New Pet We brought a large dog into a two-cat household, with better-than-expected results. My brother’s dog Karma needed a retirement home with no children, so we decided to give that a … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles are Unamerican

The monster is me! Who’d a thunk it? – Mr. Nakamura While bagging up Japanese beetles last night, it occurred to me that the two things that I have battled the hardest in the garden are Japanese beetles and Japanese … Continue reading

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Entropy is Real

We’re all going to sit down and listen to an inspiring story of wilderness survival. – Homer Simpson This spring, I saw an Investopedia article on six misguided home improvements, which included: Around the same time, Nicole Balch of Making … Continue reading

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