Monthly Archives: October 2007

Jack Old-House Lanterns

We slacked on our old-house Halloween duties this year on account of the front-porch rebuild. Did finally get pumpkins for 1.99 each at the local supermarket on Saturday. Did finally carve them on Sunday night. But we didn’t decide on … Continue reading

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Porch Progress

We’re creeping along on the porch rebuild. Here you can see the very exacting inspector keeping an eye on the installation of newel posts. The deck is ipe and the posts are painted cedar. The concept is that the ipe … Continue reading

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Projectile treats

I feel that there is a shortage of pumpkins in my life. Must fix that—but with Halloween on the horizon and the ETA on porch completion still uncertain, I have started to ponder alternate ways of handing out candy. The … Continue reading

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Why can I still use my right arm?

Because this tool rocks. It is a palm nailer. It works like a little pneumatic jackhammer. A magnet holds the nail, press the nail where you want it and rat-a-tat-tat the nail is in. I drove a lot of nails … Continue reading

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Window triumph

Above: A heat shield commonly used by plumbers while soldering joints helped me save the old glass in this fixed window. You can see the putty scraped easily off the rabbet just above the tape. Over the weekend, I did … Continue reading

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And another thing…

Three 10d nails per stringer is overkill for holding on a stair riser. They were a serious pain to remove.

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Removed: One porch.

Happily, the roof is still where it should be. Of course, this means I probably ought to build a new one.  That first step is a doozy.

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