Most of us acquire material things as we go through life. They can be useful, like the set of pans your mom gave you when you first left home. They may be forgotten fashion items, like your favorite mini-skirt and platform shoes from the 1970s. Or they could be items that pull at your heart-strings when you look at them; the old photos of your grandparents and the simple drawings you did as a kid. You’ve hoarded all this paraphernalia over the years. Each time you move, you hide them in the attic or in a spare closet. And you never get around to unpacking them until the next time you need to move house. So as I get my ninja fortress ready for sale, there are a few big items that I need to finish, but can’t do myself. One of these is to replace the iron front porch which is seriously rusting and looks, well, like sh1t. As I get quotes for this, it makes me think of Steve’s reality distortion field.
Wood dominates the house and all the furniture within including your kitchen counter tops and even your back yard retreats. When you have a long bead to run and you can’t get it done in one shot, don’t start again where you left off. Please do not enter any personal or account information in this box. We cannot address customer service questions here.
On Tool Time, Tim always wore a dress shirt and blazer. One episode he & Al wore Hawaiian shirts as they were working with lathes and advocated not working on such machines with ties, then he wound up demonstrating why when the shirt got caught in the lathe.
Want to update your look without breaking out the sledgehammer? Swap out some hardware or add some architectural details. Changing knobs, pulls and handles on cabinets or drawers is an easy and rewarding do-it-yourself project that will make a big impact. Even those dated towel bars and hooks need to be updated from time to time. Have fun with new switch plates that coordinate with the rest of your home’s decor. Also, think about what rooms might benefit from some millwork, such as crown molding, baseboards, corbels or appliqués. These little touches are what make a home feel finished and inviting.
This project is a little different for Old Home Blog because it wasn’t performed on my 1939 Cape Cod. My friend Rob recently asked me what I knew about dryers. He had done some reading online about why his dryer would turn off shortly after starting. Essentially, he feared his dryer exhaust was clogged resulting in his dryer turning off prior to overheating. Lucky for him, his modern dryer has a thermostat which will cut its power if it gets too hot. Imagine if his dryer didn’t have an automatic shut off for overheating and he had thrown a load of laundry in the dryer and left the house for the day. I imagine 15 or 20 years ago his house would be a pile of ashes right now.
One of the biggest problems with doing any kind of home improvement project is the amount of money that it usually takes to do the job some reason, no matter how well someone does their planning, it can easily be expected to have the project go over budget by at least 10 percent, and often more.