Category Archives: Home Improvement

Wrong Polaris Debris & Leaf Bag Saved Me About $30

The correct bag would have cost about $45. The new bag, my daughter purchased cost only about $13.  In just under 2 hours I had created a modification to the pool sweep that saved me just over $30. Continue reading

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Home Builder Plumber Errors.

We recently had a number of drain pipe problems occurring within a two month period at our two story home.  The three problems seem to be from suspicious causes. Mike’s (our plumber) observations: #1  With new home construction, when plumbing … Continue reading

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Milwaukee V-Jaw Pliers That Are Way Cool To Use.

I went shopping for a small crescent wrench at Home Depot.  I found a wonderful and rather clever designed pliers that would outperform just about any small wrench I have in my tool kit.  Here is what I like about … Continue reading

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American Standard Toilet Lid Problem – Solved

The customer complained that one of their bathroom toilet lids kept falling down.  This is a real problem for men. I checked to see if the floor was level.  I was darn near level but had an ever so slight … Continue reading

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Husky 3200 Lumen Multi-Directional LED Work Light Review

I had to do a some room remodel and needed a good portable work light.  I wanted the following features: Powerful light source. Easy to move the unit around. Good light spread so lots of wall space would be lit. … Continue reading

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Family Room – Items Used – Part 8

Here is a list of some of the items that I used to complete this project.  This is only a partial list.  It may be updated to include more items. TV wall mount: Sanus SLF9 (excellent to the point of … Continue reading

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Family Room Completion – Part 7

The family room has 3 sets of two lights across the ceiling.  Each set of lights can be dimmed.  The two lights close to the TV set are gimbals so they can be aimed to either side of the TV … Continue reading

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Family Room – Near Finish – Part 6

In this image you can see the following completions: Surround sound, left, right and center speakers are shown. The TV had been mounted. The metal mantle on top of the stone fireplace has been mounted. A bias light has been … Continue reading

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Family Room – Wall Paint – Part 5

The customer family members picked 5 different shades of gray to be painted in the room.  We pained each sample for family members to pick from. The AC outlet and signal boxes do not show because the openings have been … Continue reading

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Family Room – Above Fireplace – Part 4

The image above shows added insulation.  High temperature caulking was applied to all fireplace gaps.  Aluminum tape was used for some of the insulation joints.  On either side of the image is partial images of recessed lights that are hanging … Continue reading

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