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I have no money — all of my money is tied up in fancy garage doors

I think it was July or August when our main garage door broke. Specifically, one of the torsion springs snapped, and we’ve been unable to open the door ever since. I had a company come out to look at it … Continue reading

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Newest additions to our 1st floor powder room – window shade and floating shelf

Last week after getting home from London, I finally got around to installing the new window shade (no cord) and a floating wall shelf. The wall shelf was surprisingly easy to install. The shade took a lot of measuring and … Continue reading

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New pantry shelves, people. What a time to be alive.

Ever since we had to rebuild our pantry, we’ve been cramped up for space. I don’t know, we never liked the original wire shelving, but the pantry never seemed to have much capacity. Nums finally found some additional shelving. They’re … Continue reading

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I’ve waited about four years for this – functioning backyard patio lights

Does four years seem like a long time? In hindsight, it sure sounds like it. I think it was summer 2015 when I discovered the backyard patio lights didn’t work for a real reason. New house, lots of tasks and … Continue reading

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These stupid horseshoe pits are finally gone

The previous owners of our home were into playing horseshoes. No, you don’t understand. They were really into playing horseshoes. We had these two large horseshoe pits taking up space in our backyard. We have extra horsehoes in the basement … Continue reading

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We renewed our contract with Verizon and upgraded to the FiOS Gigabit plan

We’ve been out of contract with Verizon for their FiOS service for maybe two years now. Every time I went online to check their plans, any renewal would require me to increase my monthly spend for TV-internet-phone service another $30 … Continue reading

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Landscape lighting refresh project – Phase 2

Phase 2 is halfway done. The kids and I went out in the hear this afternoon to add a new line of landscape lights to the side of the house. We added two wall wash lights and a spotlight on … Continue reading

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Landscape lighting refresh project – Phase 1

For four years, I have been vexed by landscape lighting. The original owner had this mix of older style lights dotting the front and back yard. Some worked, a bunch didn’t, and there no lights where I wanted them. I … Continue reading

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We bought ourselves a new KitchenAid cooktop

First new home improvement for 2018 – a new cooktop. We started looking late last year, but didn’t find very much that we liked. Even then, it’s a bit of a process: Go to a home improvement store and find … Continue reading

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Our new Klipsch Reference R-26F speakers have arrived

After waiting an interminable… 10 days (that doesn’t sound that bad), the new front speakers arrived. Wow they’re big. I unpacked them Tuesday evening, connected all of the wiring (including using banana plugs for the first time), and hooked them … Continue reading

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