Monthly Archives: January 2014

Allow Me to Prove My Point in Song Format

Call Mr. Plow, that’s my name! That name again is Mr. Plow. – Homer Simpson It snows here. That’s a given. But this month has been a little ridiculous. It is pretty. But still ridiculous! As the winter wears on, … Continue reading

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Every Little Helps

Homer: Aw, twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut! Homer’s Brain: Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts. Homer: Explain how! Homer’s Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services. – The Simpsons If you are in the vicinity of a … Continue reading

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Kitchen Countertops: Let Me Count the Options

Marge: I can’t count how many times your father’s done something crazy like this. Lisa: It’s 300, Mom. Marge: I could have sworn it was 302. – The Simpsons We’re sort of in the market for a new countertop. I … Continue reading

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Why Did They Have to Go and Change Everything?

It’s all here, and it’s all backwards! – Homer Simpson (hyping the Leftorium) We’re mourning the imminent loss of two great local businesses. Seven Corners Hardware, a St Paul institution for 80 years, just announced they will close after clearing … Continue reading

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Little Miss Springfield, which one will it beeeeeee? -Krusty the Klown Our Mayya is a heat-seeking feline who worships at the Holy Shrine of the Radiator. Her technique is to stretch out as much as possible to take in all … Continue reading

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This Old Couch: Pattern and Prep

Drinking will help us plan! – Moe Szyslak Last time I posted about the couch updating, I talked about reinforcing the sofa frame to deal with a crack. After that job, I started working on the pattern for the slip … Continue reading

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Stepping It Up

Mmmmmmm, floor pie! – Homer Simpson Ben bought a house last year. On a recent visit, I helped fix a couple of things around the place. The biggest challenge was tidying up the floor transition from the kitchen to the … Continue reading

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Draft Dodging

Arrrriairar!! – Eleanor Abernathy (Crazy Cat Lady) With the threat of polar vortices hanging over our head, it is extremely important that we take all possible measures to protect ourselves. We decided that one of those measures would be to … Continue reading

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This Old Couch: Frame Repair

Learn Carpentry with the Beatles! – Book in Ned Flanders’ library After deciding that our couch was worth recovering, the first thing on the couch agenda was fixing the cracked frame member. (Assuming you have a wood-framed sofa, this can … Continue reading

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This Old Couch: The Verdict

The Mission:┬áDetermine whether our comfy and right-sized but beat-up sofa is worth recovering. The Research: Hello, internet! Unfortunately, most advice concerns whether a piece is worth paying an upholsterer to refinish. That work can be as expensive as a new, … Continue reading

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