Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Little Off the Top

On Thursday, six guys tore the roof off the house and garage and put on another. We were expecting it would take at least two days, but they started at 6:45 a.m., left at 9:15 p.m., and only took about … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Air Conditioning to an Older Home

Moe: Now he’s ragging on air conditioners! Carl: Hey, they keep us cool in the summer, pal! When we bought the house, it had one window air conditioner of limited cooling power. A former owner removed one of the original piano windows … Continue reading

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Is “hell’s bells” a prayer? Because Daddy says it all the time. – Lisa Simpson I spent much of the weekend finishing plaster repairs in preparation for reconnecting the ground floor ceiling lights. My neck and shoulders did not thank me for the … Continue reading

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Electrical Rough-in: Not So Rough

Grade me…look at me…evaluate and rank me! – Lisa Simpson The electrical inspector was here this morning. Last night, we went on a wire-labelling and tidying spree, and each of us still woke up thinking, “Oh, we should have also…[something-ed].” … Continue reading

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We Can’t Come to the Blog Right Now

Look busy and keep your mouth shut. – Mr. Burns It’s magical to have a contractor, but since we are doing some of the work (and since the schedule relies on our doing that work soonish), it’s been semi-crazy around Chez … Continue reading

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The Trick is Knowing When to Stop

For the love of God, help me! I’ve been here for four days, and a turtle’s got a hold of my teeth! – Abe Simpson We opted to do our own electrical work for the loft remodel. Here’s our scorecard to … Continue reading

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