home improvement

It is (mostly) done

After umpteen years bumping into each other and generally loathing our kitchen, we finally did something about it. The primary design goal was to make the room easier for two people to cook in by replacing the concave, n-faced polyhedron with a “work triangle.”  Specific problems we’re addressing: Because the dishwasher is wedged in the …

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It has begun

In anticipation of our kitchen being demolished for a three-week remodeling project, we’ve done some rearrangement of the furniture with an air for practicality.  First, the refrigerator has been relocated to the living room, eliminating that long trek for beer between football plays. Instead of having to hunt for items behind the pantry doors, we’re …

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Screws

My dishwasher’s been making a bad grinding noise that, I think, is the remnant of a broken coffee cup sloshing around in the sprayer assembly. I noticed the screws holding this on are the TORX shape. This got me wondering about the type of screws available and what their trade-offs were. Enjoy! The flathead (or …

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Poo happens

I’ve been having problems with my toilets not disposing of the their content on the first try. I’ve plunged. I’ve augured. I’ve read a lot of home repair books. As this was affecting all three toilets, it was logical to suspect something was clogged in the sewer line, the kind of repair that I don’t …

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