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Frozen in July

I woke up early this morning and decided to defrost the freezer. Gods, what a nightmare. We have to do this every couple months but this time it was ridiculous. It took damn near three hours for this mess to … Continue reading

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Area Man Says Gets Off My Lawn

I mowed this wretched patch of ground today. The humidity is about 200% but at least the temperature was moderate. Nonetheless I was dripping by the time I was done and my fabled left foot is swollen and stiff [the … Continue reading

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Epiphanies and Resolutions

I got on the treadmill today, first time since…you know, that whole broken ankle thing. I did ten minutes, three tenths of a mile. I could have gone a little longer but no sense pushing the ankle to its limit … Continue reading

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Back to the Home Repair Trenches

¬†For weeks I’ve been battling the toilet in what we call my wife’s bathroom. It’s a wall toilet as old as my younger brother and it’s innards are in a constant state of decline. Our last trip to Minot I … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Monday Morning

A few weeks ago I bought new baseboards for the dining room at Lowe’s. They were too big to fit into the Mercury Land Yacht (TM) so I had to have them shipped but I still got it done for … Continue reading

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It’s Not Clean Until It’s Clorox Clean

This week I began the scouring of the basement. The cinder block walls in the old rec room and what we called the ping-pong room are plagued with black mold. In the past I’ve just sprayed bleach solution on it … Continue reading

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A Vexing Issue

Here’s one for those who are more adequate carpenters than me. I’m trying to take out this old paneling downstairs. The frame for the false ceiling is holding it in at the top. In the photo above, this is the … Continue reading

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I Can Un-Build It

The basement in this house used to be partially finished. As I have posted before, this basement is prone to water issues and has seen floods up to six inches deep. And we’re not near any bodies of water. So … Continue reading

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In Which I am Drenched with Sweat

Today was the day I got to work on the yard. The front yard hadn’t been mowed in a week but the back yard hadn’t been since before the 4th of July. The storm that took out our trees happened … Continue reading

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