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Various topics related to home improvement.

I don’t know much about bees

Over the past week, I’ve noticed a few dying or dead bees inside my house – maybe 5 or 6. I’ve never had anything like this before, and I really wasn’t sure what to do. Looking on the internet I couldn’t find a clear recommendation, so I decided to call some professionals. I figured I’d share what they have to say but I’m still not sure exactly what will happen. Exterminator #1… Read More »I don’t know much about bees

Garbage Disposal causes water to back up into second sink

I’m a novice when it comes to plumbing issues, but I did learn a bit with this episode.  We have a dual sink in our kitchen, and one side has a garbage disposal.  The sink seemed to be going down fine, but then when we ran the garbage disposal, the 2nd sink on the other side started to back up messy water filled with food bits.  I assumed the garbage… Read More »Garbage Disposal causes water to back up into second sink

Lawnmower starts fine even with old gas

I realized it was finally time to break out the lawnmower.  As I was unloading it, I realized that I didn’t run out the gas last fall.  I started to worry that I may have mucked up the engine.  I did a little research (as I tend to do) and there are a few potential problems with leaving the gas in over the winter.  The most common comments online were… Read More »Lawnmower starts fine even with old gas

One source of mold in the attic

We had a warm spell a few weeks ago and I noticed that there were some large icicles hanging off the gutter on the back of our house.  I initially thought it was maybe an area where some leaves were clogging the gutter, so the water overflowed forming the icicles.  The weird thing was that I noticed water dripping out of the soffit vent in that area.  I of course… Read More »One source of mold in the attic

EasyClosets Review with Photos of the Installation

We were deciding whether to get more furniture or redo the closet in the baby’s room.  While I’m somewhat handy, I definitely do not consider myself a big do-it-yourselfer.  However, a year ago when we moved in, I did consider redoing the closet in our master bedroom.  When we moved in, the house came with very basic closets.  The closets consisted of a basic wire shelf from which you can… Read More »EasyClosets Review with Photos of the Installation

My experience building a simple shed – with photos

As I’ve stated in my previous posts about selecting a shed and building a shed foundation, I wound up buying the Keter Bellevue shed at Costco.  I figured I would post some of my pictures during various phases of assembly along with my comments from what I recall during the assembly process. First off, I did the entire assembly myself, aside from having Mrs. F help with the window.  I’m… Read More »My experience building a simple shed – with photos

My shed foundation with photos

In my previous post, I explained how I went about selecting the Keter Bellevue shed from Costco.  I plan on having this post plus one more in this category.  This post will be about how I built the foundation for the shed.  I was actually dreading the construction of the foundation far more than I was concerned about building the shed.  I’d read over and over and over again that… Read More »My shed foundation with photos

Deciding the right choice for outdoor storage

We moved into our new house last summer and quickly realized that our garage was on the small side.  It does fit 2 cars, but barely so.  With all of the bicycles, the garbage cans, the lawnmower, and the snowblower, there just wasn’t room in the garage for everything. Last year I did put up hooks on the walls of the garage for some of the bicycles and I briefly… Read More »Deciding the right choice for outdoor storage