Posted in Grey Gardens West

Suddenly I’m Bob Villa?

paintadowel I wanted to stain this vital component of our home security system (A stick that goes in the window frame) but it’s a dowel. So I cut up a a scrap of 1×2 into two pieces, notched them, then put screws in the ends of the dowel.

BOOM – I was able to turn it like a pig on a spit, as I applied the stain like it was BBQ sauce. This home repair stuff makes me hungry.

Probably everyone that has to stain or paint a dowel does this, but my wife was impressed and brought me ice cream.

Posted in Flotsam, Grey Gardens West

This right here, is spring fever.

Mclendons-springs-August-2013v3 I was at McLendon’s Hardware in Renton a few weeks ago, and I was impressed with their assortment of springs. Sadly, I could not think of a single current project that is held up for want of “A helical metal coil that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.” But I know where to go when it happens. (And it will happen)