Monthly Archives: January 2009

A peek at ipe

I’ve advocated using ipe—a hardwood—for exterior wood projects. Here’s a progression that shows how the color properties change when it’s left unsealed. The first shot shows our deck just after it was finished in 2004. The steps and main deck … Continue reading

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From the amazing array of eBay, I bring you the opportunity to own radioactive rings that will glow forever, thus: Helping you find your poison bottle. Making your dress buttons beckon to your beloved. Luring the elusive Simpsons fish during … Continue reading

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Blurry Roper from Waterford, Mich.

Posted on Craigslist now for a pricey price (though I haven’t been including prices on my posts, I do feel compelled to say that $1,500 is, seriously, up to 10 times more than these stoves tend to go for). However, … Continue reading

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Tintinnabulatory event

I’ve got a tin ceiling! Well, about 1/10th of one—but you gotta start somewhere. Considering that this has been in progress in fits and starts between our 55 other house projects for more than a year now, I’m pretty impressed … Continue reading

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Roper roundup

Submitted for you consideration, a series of old Roper stoves that have appeared online in recent weeks. Roper from Kansas City: Roper from Weston, Missouri: Roper from Medina, Ohio : Roper from Los Angeles: Roper from Tulsa: Roper from northeast … Continue reading

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Pepper port in a storm

A few months back when the cold times began their invasion, I brought in several pots of peppers that had been growing next to the garage enthusiastically all summer. A couple were placed in the basement under a timed fluorescent … Continue reading

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Happy …

New Year greetings 1912-style Best wishes to all my old-house accomplices. I am going to spend the day putting the final coat of paint on the fixed plaster at the top of the living room walls (what will be above … Continue reading

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