Strawberries, My Favorite Backyard Garden Fruit

Backyard Strawberries

Yes, strawberries are indeed my favorite backyard garden edible fruit or vegetable, but not for why you think. You know that my wife's husband can be incredibly lazy at times. That is me. :) I just wish I had more time to be involved in all my different areas of interest which includes gardening. However, time is not my friend. Time is also not your friend. I just don't have the time right now to tend meticulously to the gardens around our home. That is why strawberries are … [Read more...]

HDMI Connections

Notre Dame Football on Sony Bravia TV

For some, watching television programs or movies from a DVD player at home is something to pass the time. For others, it is an obsession. For still others, it is a way to connect with other family members. We recently needed to purchased a new television for our family room as the bulb inside our 8 year old Hitachi rear-projection LCD TV had gone once again; the third time in 8 years. At least it appeared that it was the bulb which was the problem. A new bulb would have cost around … [Read more...]

Sony Bravia LCD HDTV

Sonny Barvia LCD TV

Well, the bulb has gone now for the third time on our 8 year old Hitachi rear-projection LCD Television. I contacted the Future Shop where we made the purchase and they told me that Hitachi stopped making televisions more than 2 years ago. Who knew? So, I went on the Internet to locate a replacement bulb and it was $345 plus taxes and shipping. Yikes! For an 8 year old TV? Sigh. So, I headed down to our local Best Buy as they were having a sale on TV's (then again, when are they or … [Read more...]

Completing Drywall Repair

Starting First Coat of Paint Over Primed Drywall Repair

In the previous article in this series, we had completed the two layers of primer paint onto the sanded area of drywall repair, with each coat slightly exceeding the width of the prior to avoid a noticeable bulge in the finished repair. Now we are ready to apply the two, yes two, coats of paint. And this is where I ran into an unexpected challenge. When I started to paint over the second coat of primer on the wall, I continued my pattern of applying the paint not just on the repaired or … [Read more...]

Continuing With The Dryall Damage Repair

Second Layer of Drywall Compound

Last time I described, and showed with a lot of pictures, how I started to repair the large drywall crack on the wall supporting one of the French Doors between the living and dining rooms. If you missed the prior article you can simply use the above link. To remind you of where we left off, we had applied drywall compound onto the crack and surrounding wall surface followed by placing moistened non-adhesive drywall tape onto the wet drywall compound, smoothing the tape so no air pockets … [Read more...]

Using Drywall Tape

Small Tub of Water for Drywall Tape

Yesterday we started to look at how to repair a finished wall where the compound where two sheets of drywall meet becomes separated. I obtained the repair materials I already did not have at my local Home Depot store. They were very helpful explaining to me how to undertake this bathroom repair, something I don't do all the time. I did it and they did help, you might say. :) Renewing and redoing a bathroom doesn't simply have to be about buying and installing new stuff, although new … [Read more...]

Dryall Repair – Remember to Prime Twice

One Coat of Primer Applied to Drywall Repair

Last time we showed the techniques we started to use in our effort to repair damaged drywall caused by changing the position of bath towel rack. Just because the holes are small does not mean that care does not need to be taken to do the job right. Yes, it is correct when they say that any job worth doing is worth doing well. :) So, this is the position of the repair home renovation project when we left it in our last article: If you recall, the steps we took to get us to the picture … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Home Depot EcoSmart PAR 20 LED Lightbulb Review

PAR 20 Light Bulb Comparison

Late in 2010, we wrote several articles on different LED lighting for the home. This included many articles on The Home Depot EcoSmart brand 9 Watt A19 LED light bulb and where we used it in our home. This also included articles on a 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb sold by The Home Depot but not part of their EcoSmart line. One issue I had with this 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb was that it was, well, only 3 Watts. Because it was so low wattage, it was not dimmable; then again, who would … [Read more...]

Completing Repair to Wooden Window Frame

Repainted Window Frame - Upper Left

Two days ago I showed you how I went about using Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler product to fill the holes in one of our bedroom's window frames. These holes were caused by removing the screws from a pair of anchor or mounting brackets for  window coverings as I installed new window coverings with the brackets installed in a different position. The picture below shows the condition for one area of the upper vertical portion of the window frame for one of the bedroom windows after I had … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Where To Use PAR 20 LED Lightbulbs in the Bathroom

Bathroom Mirror 5 Light Fixture Set

Over the past several weeks we have been reviewing different uses of PAR 20 LED light bulbs in the ceiling of: Bathroom Bedrooms Potty Rooms Today I wanted to show you another area of the bathroom where we ended up using several of these extremely low wattage energy saving and therefore money saving LED light bulbs from The Home Depot. Now, here is a picture of the mirror in our shared bathroom. Notice the set of 5 light outlets directly above the mirror. For three years … [Read more...]

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