Shine On You Crazy Diamonds (Parts 1-5)

Like you didn’t see that coming. The cabinets are installed! Oh what a difference a day makes. The installers did a good job too! I only had to fix two drawers… so far. First, they installed the silverware tray backwards and they decided to omit the screws for the track in the towkick drawer. But […]

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Flame On

Failures like this are not supposed to happen. I had a long rant about how the professional, experienced, expensive, state licensed natural gas plumbing gurus took 3 trips, 3 plumbers, 6 fittings, 10 cuttings, and 20 hours to install one damn gas line, but time is short. This problem is finally solved.

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No Gold Digging for Me! I Take Diamonds.

The cabinets came today! I was told that the delivery was going to be between 11:00 and 3:00, but they didn’t arrive until 4:30. That was probably because the shipping company was making deliveries all day and my order filled 3/4 of the truck. 34 boxes in total. Most importantly, I’ve only got one more […]

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Weekend Update

Well, I haven’t been blogging in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been getting anything done. Quite the contrary. This weekend I had a great time with some fraternity brothers in the mountains, so I didn’t get a lot done on the house. However, it was a much needed break, because… The subfloor […]

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Dirty Little Secrets

My house has been hiding some dirty little secrets. The photos below are not for the meek. There are years and years and years and years of spills, grossness, grime, a little mold, and some water warping.  I don’t really know yet how I am going to fix it. I cannot cut off the offending […]

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Better a Diamond with a Flaw than a Pebble Without One

I got an email from Diamond verifying that a maple tree has been felled, sawn into lumber, kiln dried, and is now being squared, formed, planed, dadoed, grooved, ripped, sawn, routed, sanded, stained, and  assembled into our new cabinets. They dont know exactly when the the cabinets will be done, but they expect that delivery will occur some […]

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Did someone call about empty pipes?

I hate plumbing. I do. It just pisses me off. I don’t mind starting a project from scratch, but what I do mind is fixing someone else’s work. When you plumb for the first time, you can set everything up very nicely. Lay out your work, cut all your pieces to size, glue, thread, or […]

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Can’t be more than 114!

Oh man was it hot today. I spent about 4 hours in my car today, and serendipitously my air conditioner decided to completely crap out… again. I have a thermometer in my car’s air vent to tell me the temperature of the air, so I can keep tabs on my A/C system that I rebuilt. […]

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