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Making wood window screens

What goes into making a custom vintage-style window screen… All the windows on the second story are vertical casement windows that open inward. Most of them were without screens.  Having new ones custom made would be cost prohibitive, so I decided to make some more myself. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to do […]

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Old Slab Out — New Slab In

I think this might have been the patio before the back deck was installed…who knows…Nevertheless, the concrete had seen better days and it just looked sad. 🙁 The old slab didn’t have any rebar reinforcement. No wonder it cracked! Here’s the concrete crew at work: Finally done. Here’s the “new” vintage patio table I found on […]

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All Decked Out

The deck was already here but it didn’t have any railings and one end of it was quite high off the ground (the lot slopes). So, in order to make it safer and cozier, we put a railing up on about two-thirds of the deck. This project was on my future projects list. We can check […]

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Finished wall 6-20-16

Reconstructing the wall

The previous version of the wall was a loosely stacked stone wall consisting of sandstone. Because the new incarnation is more tightly fitted, like a giant, HEAVY, jigsaw puzzle, there wasn’t enough stone to re-build the wall as high as it was before. So I had to purchase more stone—what you see in the later […]

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Humpty Dumpty…

Well, in this case, it’s not Humpty Dumpty that fell down, it’s the wall. We have a stacked stone retaining wall along the sidewalk—who knows how long it’s been there—but it failed in one spot about a month ago and stones were strewn across the sidewalk. I had noticed a couple of months ago that portion […]

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Front entrance has a new look!

I’ve been wanting to paint the front door ever since we moved in. This last Saturday I did it! I already purchased the paint quite a while ago, so all I had to do was wash the door with a TSP solution and get out the paint brush. I bought some yellow mums for the […]

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