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Last week we gave you the rundown on our wireless DIY home security system search and selection process. After much deliberation and research, we decided to purchase the 2Gig Go!Control system to meet our needs. It seemed to offer the best combination of features, capabilities, aesthetics, and price.
Before I bore you with the details of our install, there's a major question at the end of this post that we need all of you to weigh in on. So even if you don't care at all about this awesome topic, please check out our big debate.
A few days after placing the order, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my box o'goodies. I don't care what it is, if it's a technology item and I ordered it, I get a little bit of nervous anticipation before it arrives.... read more at Old Town Home
Posted 3 hours 31 min ago on Old Town Home
This being our second trip to the baby rodeo hopefully means that we’re a bit wiser going in. We can cherry-pick from what worked well with Clara while trying to improve on some things that might need fine tuning. Of course every kid is different and what worked for baby #1 may not apply for #2 – so we’re just waiting for those curve balls to come flying towards us – but since you guys have been asking, here are five things we’re planning to redo (as in do again or use again) and five things that we’ll do new. And because they pair up nicely, we’ll look at ‘em side-by-side.... read more at This Young House
Posted 7 hours 3 min ago on This Young House
A couple of months ago, we decided that a mouse was getting into Jill’s car in our garage. The mouse had shredded a plastic grocery bag — for nesting, we assumed — that was the first sign. Later, it got into a bag of cat food we’d left in the car, and, later still, we discovered a shredded fabric mat in the far back. I figured I’d set a few traps and get the rogue rodent eventually. But then the electricity in Jill’s car stopped working. Jill was convinced the mice had gotten to the wiring. She was right. It cost $500 to repair.
At about that time, I was preparing my camper van for a long trip. I had laid in all kinds of provisions.... read more at Houselove
Posted 15 hours 51 min ago on Houselove
Geeze, it's been almost a month since I took down the wall between the workshop and the laundry room, and I've finally reached the point where the new wall could go up. Here's a shot where I was laying out the sole plates. Because of all the pipes (and other stuff) in the ceiling, I had to build the wall one stick at a time. I laid out the sole plates and used a good ol' plumb bob to figure out where the top plate would go.I used Tapcon bolts and my hammer drill to fix the sole plates to the concrete floor, then just cut cut cut. So here it is...I don't know why the picture makes it look like the studs are out of alignment, but believe me - this is the only plumb and square wall at 173! And from the laundry room side...Then it was time to put up the sheet rock.... read more at 173 Our Old House
Posted 17 hours 53 min ago on 173 Our Old House
Our shore apartment is getting so close to being finally done post hurricane renovation that I can almost taste the sea air! While we renovated the kitchen and made a few updates to the living room, the bedroom became the dumping ground. Obviously it needs a lot of clearing out and deep cleaning but it also needs a new rug. The walls are dark so I want to keep the rug light and I've been thinking of adding some of the same orange you see in the cane chair and the fish painting into it.Let's fresh your memory on how it looks now. Ugh.I found two rugs with a bit of orange on a light background. This flat weave geometric and this modified honeycomb. The first is about half the price of the second but a lot thinner so not especially plush.So the question is: Will I tire of orange accents?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone
Posted 1 day 7 hours ago on Brooklyn Limestone
We have some exciting news to share! Bonin Architects & Associates is opening a second office location in Meredith, NH, directly across from Meredith Bay on the Daniel Webster Highway next week.Our main office will still remain in New London, NH, the town we love and where we continue to raise our family. As our projects continue to expand to the Lake Winnipesaukee area, we decided to open another office for our client meetings.Jeremy and I would like to thank our loyal and talented staff (who have become our second family), our clients, friends, business associates, our family, and Bailey for continued support and embracing all of the changes we’ve made over the past six years... read more at Post and Beam - Timber Frame Blog
Posted 1 day 7 hours ago on Post and Beam - Timber Frame Blog
We have some exciting news to share! Bonin Architects & Associates is opening a second office location in Meredith, NH, directly across from Meredith Bay on the Daniel Webster Highway next week.Our main office will still remain in New London, NH, the town we love and where we continue to raise our family. As our projects continue to expand to the Lake Winnipesaukee area, we decided to open another office for our client meetings.Jeremy and I would like to thank our loyal and talented staff (who have become our second family), our clients, friends, business associates, our family, and Bailey for continued support and embracing all of the changes we’ve made over the past six years... read more at Green Home Design Architect
Posted 1 day 7 hours ago on Green Home Design Architect
Dewalt Construction Heater DXH125FAV Review The folks at Dewalt came out with a new line of construction heaters. The line offers you the choice of forced air Kerosene, Electric, Propane or Portable...
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... read more at A Concord Carpenter Comments
Posted 2 days 18 hours ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments
Back in 2008, I had an idea that I would paint a mural in the dining room, above the high dado, like a frieze. I even did a little Photoshop image of what it might look like. In 2011, we finished the plaster work, repainting and refinishing the woodwork in the rooms. Last year, we added in beam lighting. Since 2011, that area below the ceiling has remained white and has been the subject of conversation for anyone visiting. A couple weeks ago, I figured it was about time that I started on that mural. I laid out a photograph I took of the DesPlaines River, in River Forest, Illinois. It is a beautiful spot nearby and seemed appropriate for the location. I scaled it to fit the area and then drew a grid over the image to act as a guide for my painting. ... read more at Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Posted 4 days 19 hours ago on Tiny Oak Park Bungalow