Category: Home Improvement

  • Appliance Repair and Fighting Planned Obsolescence

    Appliance Repair and Fighting Planned Obsolescence

    I maintain 3 sets of appliances: home, basement suite; and rental property. Recently I’ve had a rash of breakdowns. I thought I’d document my experience here. Kenmore Superduty Washing Machine: Age 25 years It turned out to be a $10 part off Amazon (OEM part $25). In this case the no-name part is working (but…

  • Gargoyles Got To Be Safe

    Gargoyles Got To Be Safe

    Just doing a little tiling of the laundry room. Decided to use the gargoyle as a holding place for my safety glasses. Ear protection wouldn’t fit. Before Photo

  • More Reno Updates

    I’m at it again. Renovating the basement in Thorncliffe. This time it’s the floor. The best part is I have help. Mr. Logan is installing new vinyl plank flooring in the living/kitchen area, hallway and bathroom. A new vanity is going into the bathroom after the new floor is installed.

  • I’m Staring at The Ceiling

    Working on the Blackthorn project. More sound mitigation attempts. The small basement bedroom is where the electrical panel is. It was updated in 2018. New circuits required the drywall ceiling be torn down. Now, 6 years later the ceiling is going back in The green board is a new product for me: Sonopan II…

  • Fun tools I wish I owned

    drilling beams with Magdrill

  • Colour Matching For Painters

    I came across a great online tool for house painters and renovators today. The interesting thing is that I was looking at a computer image editing software when I found the tool. is a lightweight image editing tool that can be used directly from a USB stick. It is Open Source, and completely free.…