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Fall 2012 Home Improvements

Somehow I’ve had some time to do some home improvements over the past couple of months, mostly the past few weeks. Pressure Washed and Painted the Fence With the neighbors help, I got the fence painted! Nothing special, we used the same Cabot Cedar stain as before. The first coat lasted 4 years, though it […]

Early Spring Home Improvements

It’s not quite spring time but the lack of snow got me motivated to fix some of the little things that have been on my honey-to-do list. Fireplace and HVAC Vents The HVAC and Fireplace vents were long over due for replacement. They were cracked/damaged when we bought the house, and this winter took them […]

Pegboard in the Garage and Snags Tearing Down the Pontiac 301 Turbo

This Memorial Day weekend I got to do some work around the house. My initial plan was to start building the Pontiac 400, but I recently discovered I needed one more part (Cam thrust plate) and it did not arrive yet, so I decided to work on the firewall and other various little parts on […]

Garage is Finished!

This weekend got the garage walls painted. I went ahead and primed + painted the wood framing around the garage door as well. Only 1/4 of the garage hasn’t been painted, that’s the corner that already had drywall along the back/side walls along the house. I had 2 little electric heaters running in the garage […]

Garage Door Insulated

The weather here in Ohio since Thanksgiving is not cooperating with my garage insulating project. So I can finish painting the garage, I need to get the garage door insulated. I considered using 2 garage door kits for my 16 foot wide door, but decided after reading reviews and considering the cost (over $150) that […]

Garage Drywall Up

The Garage Drywall is up (Actually was up the weekend before Thanksgiving. The mud work was done the weekend after Thanksgiving, which took a long time since I’ve never done it before. Right about when I finished I finally think I got the hang of it. Last step is to sand and paint.

Garage is Insulated!

We got the insulation up in the garage this past weekend. My dad came down to help me (Thanks Dad!). Caulking and sealing holes/cracks took the bulk of our time. Putting up the insulation took maybe 3 hours once we got into a rhythm. We used 7 rolls of 40′ by 15″ R-13 faced insulation, […]

State of the House (Mandato House)

The past couple of months I’ve been focused on the Trans Am project. Last week I finally got the gate made for the deck. Most of the time the gate will be open, but any time we’re out and want either to keep the dog off the deck or Melanie on the deck, we can […]

Weber Porcelain-Enamel Cast Iron Cooking Grates #7526 fits Spirit E-320 / S-320

If you are shopping for Cast Iron cooking grates for your Weber Spirit E-320/S-320 grill and found that web sites such as Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com and find the documentation says the Cast Iron Cooking grates #7526 fit only the Genesis Silver B and C and Spirit E-310 gas grills, then this posting is for you. […]

Melanie got a Sandbox!

Melanie got a new sandbox! We were going to get the green Turtle Sandbox (I remember having one when I was young) but found this red Clam held twice as much sand! The sandbox barely fit in Heather’s Prius, luckily it did fit! It can hold up to 6 – 50lb bags of sand (The […]