Friday, July 08, 2016



I follow Fine Homebuilding on Facebook, and occasionally come across some good information.

Yesterday, they had a post about Flared Cedar Shingles, which will really come in handy when I redo the shingles on the top half of my house.

I really love the look.


Thursday, July 07, 2016


After having this oak frame in my shed for some 15 years, I finally printed something for it and got the glass for it. I think it turned out pretty nice.

 It was printed on an Epson P9000 using Epson Cold Press Natural paper.

The image was downloaded for free using the New York Public Library Digital Collection.



Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Rounding the corner. The slate on this side was in bad shape due to the sun exposure. The pine decking is hard as a rock, and it looks like I'll be using stainless steel nails instead of the usual copper.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In case you haven't seen this yet..... Free images of turn of the century posters (and more)! If you find one you like, you can download a tif version and see how large you can print it.

Sunday, April 03, 2016



Hello! I've still been working on this never ending project.....just took a bit of a break. Here's a gif of before (as it is now) and after (with use of photoshop) I hope to get someone to do the framing for the roof and entry for me. Can't wait for that to be done, so I have a nicer looking house!



via GIPHY

Friday, June 05, 2015


Change your anode!

Later today I'll be changing out the anode in my water heater and thought...hmmm I wonder how many people do this sort of thing?

 It's a good thing to do every few years, especially if you have a finished basement as I do. Also water heaters are pretty expensive, and this will keep it lasting longer. The hardest part is getting that anode out, but if you have the right tools, and a cheater bar, it shouldn't be that hard to do.

I ordered my anode through Amazon and it was about $50 bucks. There are cheaper one's made of aluminum.

 Once you replace it, write on the water heater with marker the date it should be replaced.

 The video from This old house explains it very well. That cut-out is pretty gross though.