Category Archives: D’oh!

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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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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