Category Archives: D’oh!

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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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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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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Arc de Harumph

Nothing to see here, just kneeling in front of the electric outlet appreciating Edison’s miracle! – Homer Simpson Remember the remodel? With the homeowner electrical permit? Well, the updated electrical code requires arc-fault protection, which is different from the more … Continue reading

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Chain Chain Chaaaaaain

Last time I checked, this wasn’t Worldwide Wrestling, and I checked five minutes ago. – Chazz Busby After I became embittered over tiles, I started working on the master closet. I had purchased a three-light fixture on clearance for it, but I … Continue reading

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The Course of Tiled Walls Never Did Run Smooth

Marge: I have an idea. Homer: What? What’s your idea? Marge: When my father was first trying to catch my mother’s eye, he sent her a box of candy with his photo in it. After that, she never forgot him. … Continue reading

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Walling and Waterproofing the Shower

Water, water, everywhere, so let’s go have a drink! – Homer Simpson The primary mission of a shower is to get you clean. The associated mission–especially when the shower is on an upper floor–is to contain the water necessary to … Continue reading

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The Third Appliance

Earlier this year, I noted that appliance deaths come in threes. We’d done a dishwasher and a range, and I was hoping the next replacement would be a cheapie. It wasn’t. The victim? We had a Whirlpool washing machine that came … Continue reading

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