July 17, 2014

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Installing a Legrand Plugmold Tough Power Strip

Anyone out there who has a workshop knows that whenever you’re working on a project with more than a couple tools you’re going to run out of places to plug in faster than the Die Hard franchise ran out of plot lines. I run out of places to plug in tools all the time, and … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Update – Tongue and Groove Ceiling

About 15 years ago, I completely rebuilt my kitchen from floor to ceiling. Well, here I am again—the only difference is that I can’t do it all at once. Taking this one in stages, with a schedule mostly determined by how much padding my wallet has. And, I seem to be doing this all backwards. … Continue Reading

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Outfitting the Patio with Lowe’s

Outdoor entertaining was an oversight when my home was built, and I guess it never occurred to anyone who lived here before me that no patio = no summer picnic. (Well, there’s a screened in cement slab porch/sunroom type of thing, but I consider a patio something that’s outside, in the open.) And since there’s … Continue Reading

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Create some Curb Appeal

#SpringisCalling It calls all right. It’s calling me out for the almost-criminal neglect of the front of our home during the winter. It’s not like Winter really prevented me from doing anything. But in Florida, I still have to mow the lawn in January. Water plants and pluck weeds, too. And I probably haven’t done … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Paint Refresh

Not everyone can change a dryer belt, build a cat condo or assemble your kid’s bike. But everyone can pretty much paint a room. You might not be a pro, but you have no problem picking up a brush or a roller (but never one of those paint pad things), opening up a gallon of … Continue Reading

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I Re-tiled My Kitchen

It was 1999. We were looking for a home and knew exactly what we wanted. A mid-century, concrete block, terrazzo floor-laden home. Our realtor found one. It had the flat sweeping roof line and terrazzo made of black, gray and pink stone—it was perfect. But perfectly creepy. Like someone-just-died-in-the-home-and-they’re-still-there creepy. So overwhelmingly creepy that we … Continue Reading

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Small Parts Organizer Organizer

This post is about organizing. From a person whose desk looks like a paper truck collided with an armored car. An armored car that only carries pennies. And both trucks were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade—a grenade filled with cat hair. Anyway…when I was a kid, my mom used the excuse “he’s creative.” So I … Continue Reading

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DIY Couch Cup Holder and Remote Caddy

Ahhh… the big game is coming soon. Who’s it gonna be? The Tigers vs. the Sabres? I don’t care. Those aren’t even football teams. I just watch the commercials. But I do like the surrounding hoopla. I grill out, drink a few beverages and wonder if the CPI for $4M 30-second spot is worth it. … Continue Reading

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Philter Phun with Photoshop Elements

It’s filter week here at Dadand. First I’m changing oil filters, now I’m applying photo filters. During my first few years of using Photoshop, it seemed all I heard about was filters. “Hey man what filter did you use?” Everyone was “filter-happy.” Filters were something anyone could do easily. Open a photo, apply the filter … Continue Reading

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How to Change Your Oil

We use to say “Oil” like “Earl.” As in… “There’s earl in them thar hills.” Black gold. Texas Tea. And then the Clampetts pull into my driveway in their ’23 oldsmobile truck and help me change the oil. These are the things that run through my head every time I change my oil. And yes, … Continue Reading

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