Our farm veggie subscription experiment (aka CSA)

Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) is basically a subscription to farm production. You get a bag of fresh farm groceries that is … [Continue Reading]

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Grayson Highlands 3-day backpacking trip

Grayson Highlands is in the Southwest part of Virginia. Varied terrain makes for wonderful scenery and spectacular views. This … [Continue Reading]

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Lighting the First Fire with my Father-In-Law

Lighting the First Fire with my Father-In-Law After getting everything hooked up it was time to light the first fire. Now this … [Continue Reading]

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Component Assembly Below the Chimney Support Box

Component Assembly Below the Chimney Support Box Inside there are several pieces that connect the stove to the chimney support … [Continue Reading]

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Component Assembly Above the Chimney Support Box

Component Assembly Above the Chimney Support Box With the chimney support box in place, the next step is to assemble the … [Continue Reading]

Finished chimney assembly

Hiking and Adventures

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Grayson Highlands 3-day backpacking trip

Grayson Highlands is in the Southwest part of Virginia. Varied terrain makes for wonderful scenery and spectacular views. This park also has unpredictable weather so if you do a day hike keep this in … [Read More...]

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Meetup Group Introduction Video Demo

Meetup.com is a site where people of like interests arrange meetups... offline in the 'real' world. You know, the world with that big bright warm thing in the sky. One of the challenges with some … [Read More...]

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Foothills Trail Access Points

The 76 mile Foothills Trail extends from Oconee State Park in Pickens County, winds through South Carolina with a portion crossing into North Carolina and ends in Table Rock State Park in Greenville … [Read More...]

Workshop Heating and Cooling

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Circulating heat from a wood burning stove

My 1200 square foot workshop is heated with a wood burning stove. Getting the heat from this stove circulated throughout the workshop is a bit of a challenge. The stove is located in the back … [Read More...]

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Building a homemade outdoor firewood storage rack

My workshop is heated with a wood burning stove. Last year was my first year using wood instead of my forced-air propane heater. Buying cured (dried out) firewood in the fall/winter is … [Read More...]

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Casters added to a workshop pedestal fan

I purchased a large pedestal stand fan for my workshop from NorthernTool.com. Its a FlowPro 30" Industrial Pedestal fan (#10301) and puts out 8,000 cubic feet of air per minute at top speed. The … [Read More...]

Halloween Props and Fun

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Halloween reminders for next year

Every Halloween there are things to remember for next year. Although this list is specific to my setup perhaps some of it will aid with your haunts.   When using zip-ties leave a loop so … [Read More...]

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Halloween 2011 was a delightful success

We had over 200 trick-or-treaters Monday night; best guess is 220. We gave out all the big candy bars and had to go into the “reserve” stash of fun size bars! Just a small portion of a 'backup' bag … [Read More...]

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Halloween News Media Interview Tips

So you have your Halloween decor all setup and then the local news media shows up.  They want to interview you.  Yikes! No worries.  They just want to do a quick story on your wonderful Halloween … [Read More...]

Metal Building Assembly

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Installing building trim on gable overhang

The front of my home workshop has a two-foot overhang. This L-profile trim wraps from the roof, over the edge. This profile covers the edge framework. This trim is installed while up on the roof … [Read More...]

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Building Permit Finalized!

After a long time in completing this building, the big day has arrived. I got my building permit finalized. Admittedly a good portion of the delay in completing this building was from me making … [Read More...]

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Rear Door Trim Finished

I finished the trim on the rear pedestrian door. The hardest part was the top channel and the rest went up mostly easy. The biggest challenge is figuring how to install the top channel so it routes … [Read More...]

Projects for the Home

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Our farm veggie subscription experiment (aka CSA)

Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) is basically a subscription to farm production. You get a bag of fresh farm groceries that is crazy super fresh. We tried a subscription with Greenbrier Farms in … [Read More...]

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Fixing a hole in my driveway with Sakrete blacktop patch

My asphalt driveway shows its age. It probably just needs to be completely resurfaced but that is an expense for another time. In the meantime I make occasional patch repairs. I had this one hole … [Read More...]

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Door and Window Trim Refinishing

My brother-in-law is working on an old house. A step in the remodeling process is the removal of wood trim around the doors and windows so the walls can be prepped and painted. One problem is the trim … [Read More...]

Welding and Metalworking

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Installing grapevine lighting on my Halloween pirate lookout tower

I added lights to my Halloween pirate lookout tower. I want to ensure the charactor in the tower is noticed by the trick-or-treaters. I have some Christmas lights with round grapevine balls … [Read More...]

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Welding leg supports for my Halloween pirate lookout tower

I need a way to attach legs to the housing of my Halloween pirate lookout tower. Since I have a triangle shaped tower, I figure three legs would be appropriate. This also reinforces the image of … [Read More...]

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Adding a roof to my Halloween pirate lookout tower

Adding the roof to my Halloween pirate lookout tower is one of the more creative steps in creating this outdoor prop. I want the roof to look somewhat ragged and unkept. This roof has two layers. … [Read More...]

Pets and Wildlife

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Birdfeeder Taste Test II – Sunflower seeds vs Cracked corn

I decided to try a second bird feeder taste test -- just because its so exciting. For this taste test I put the winner from my first bird feeder taste test up against cracked corn. Which one will … [Read More...]

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Setting up my Mega Catch Mosquito Trap

After doing the annual cleaning on my Mega Catch Premier (MCP-800) trap I was ready to set it back up for another season of killing. The trap sits in the center of our yard under two large oak … [Read More...]

Workshop Outfitting

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Lighting the First Fire with my Father-In-Law

Lighting the First Fire with my Father-In-Law After getting everything hooked up it was time to light the first fire. Now this stove was in my wife's childhood home and was used to heat the home … [Read More...]

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Component Assembly Below the Chimney Support Box

Component Assembly Below the Chimney Support Box Inside there are several pieces that connect the stove to the chimney support box. One 90 degree corner and several lengths of straight pipe. To … [Read More...]

Finished chimney assembly

Component Assembly Above the Chimney Support Box

Component Assembly Above the Chimney Support Box With the chimney support box in place, the next step is to assemble the portion of the chimney that extends above the roof. The vertical … [Read More...]