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6 August 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The stove is polished, the bricks cleaned off, the collar ties varnished. The deck is stained, the windows cleaned and the framing around doors, drywall and windows (inside) is all completed. ...[Read More]

Forward progress

20 May 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

This past couple weeks saw the wiring go in, the walls finally insulated, the making of a mud room and the first stab at drywall.

Outside of the world of construction, the puppies have opened their eyes and with their sight has come a cautious sense of adventure. ...[Read More]


10 May 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Electricity is not something I have often had anything to do with.

Other than plugging in an appliance and feeling an odd sense of unease at my inability to comprehend why it actually works, I have avoided this side of life and construction up until now. ...[Read More]


4 May 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

It seems to me that drywall was invented to test your patience.

Making the transition from structural to finishing work took some effort, but switching between wood and drywall is almost enough to make you loose your mind. ...[Read More]

Roofing screws

20 April 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Next time you are nearby a house built by someone other than a professional, take a good look at the pattern of the roofing screws.

I doubt I would have thought to 'read' a roof this way until I had the fortune to discover what it is like to switch out a ridge-cap after the tin has gone up and the frost has settled in, or cut in a chimney and re-straighten it a couple times with a layer of slippery snow on the already grim surface. ...[Read More]