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How green is my footprint?

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Have you ever wondered how many planets it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans on Earth at your rate of consumption? Yeah, me neither. But it’s an interesting [...]

Amid the storms, new windows sound good

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As wind slams against the old, rattling, leaky, single-pane windows in my house (not pictured here), a tempest brews inside about the merits of keeping the curtains closed in [...]

Ever been in over your head?

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There’s an interesting story by Michelle Hoffmann in today’s Real Estate section titled: Weekend wasters struggle with DIY home-repair jobs. The subhead says: [...]

Before solar panels, a reality check

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Reader Rich W. has given me two good ideas regarding my quest for a solar-powered home: 1. Learn more about photovoltaic systems and design my own, then hire an installer. 2. [...]

Thinking again about a backup generator

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The power is out where I live (and maybe soon where you live), and I have this to say: Hallelujah for daylighting (i.e. lots of windows), gas heat, gas stove, gas water [...]

Loving my new solar-powered fountain

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I’m loving my new solar-powered fountain, which gives me the soothing sounds of water outside my office window without running up my electric bill. And I feel connected [...]

Aging wood with coffee, dirt and wax

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I’m awfully proud of myself and thought I’d take this opportunity to brag a little. The boasting has to do with some 3-inch long wooden corners I wanted to create [...]

Big challenges in a little bathroom

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I’ve often suspected that the house I live in (built in the 1970s?) was made from "found materials." We have ceiling beams of different thicknesses, various [...]

What I learned: This amazing table

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The table is done and I’m blown away. In the words of Bernie Van De Yacht, who said the same thing about his North Hollywood kitchen remodel, “I can’t stop [...]

Table makeover

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UPDATE: See the finished table I feel like quite the artist as I transform an old workbench destined for the dump pile into a dual-purpose buffet and work table for my patio. [...]

Workshop table transformation underway

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I’ve got plans set for transforming the workshop table on my patio. Thanks in part to the suggestions you offered here and here, this table won’t end up in a dump [...]

One, two . . . skip a few . . . 99, 100

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I'm looking for a new attitude for this table project and all projects to come. Up until now, my favorite parts of a project have been the moment I decide to do it, and [...]

Should this table be saved?

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I'm a hypocrite when it comes to the "dump pile" out behind Bill's workshop. While I've been critical of that pile over the years, and begged Bill to [...]

What I learned

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Thanks for all the advice on my exterior paint. I feel much better about the weird green trim. And by that I mean: I know I can change it and it's not the end of the [...]

Too much weird green?

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The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy. But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But [...]

One cool tool

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If you have a deserving DIY-er on your holiday gift list, one of these new small cordless screw guns is a cool way to go. Bosch came out with its little 10.8-volt Pocket [...]

Everybody’s got an opinion

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In the days or weeks between the time you choose your house colors and the day the paint goes on, doubt can creep in. “Oh, man, that’s bright,” the painting [...]

Evil ivy

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What’s the deal with ivy? It climbs where it’s not wanted, chokes and kills most other greenery in its path and harbors bugs and spiders. Why would anybody plant [...]

My Remodel: Getting started

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Let me be blunt: My house looks like a crack house. How else do you explain the peeling paint, drafty single-pane windows, leaky fixtures, falling-down fences and overall [...]

The epitome of an un-green bathroom

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The good news is that I have a perfect example of a bathroom that breaks some of the basic rules of green building. The bad news is, the bathroom is in my house. Ideally, to [...]
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