Whenever I go to New Orleans, I always enjoy shopping for antiques on Royal Street. Last year, I bought a wrought iron chandelier for my library. This year, I found an amazing chandelier for the entryway to the lake house, which is from a French tavern roughly 75 years ago. I purchased it from Moss … Continue reading Lake House Chandelier
I’ve been traveling to a variety of warm destinations over the past three weeks, so I have not had a lot of time to work on my home improvement projects. Now that I am back, I spent time this weekend finishing mudding and sanding the drywall, so that it is now ready for sealing, spackling, … Continue reading Finishing the Drywall
I am continuing to make progress drywalling the guest house bathroom and utility room. All of the mudding has been completed, with the exception of a few interior corners, which will be wrapped up this weekend. Today, I continued mudding corners. The walls are really starting to come together! Continue reading Mudding Progress
Last summer, I had a dock put in at the lake house, and am going to put in a boat lift next to it this spring. Ultimately, I am shopping for a pocket yacht / sport cruiser boat, in the 30 to 35 foot range, which would sit on a pier somewhere near the lake … Continue reading New Pontoon!
This past weekend, I cut and hung all of the drywall for my bathroom and utility room project. Cutting all the drywall was made easier by using a new DeWalt jigsaw that I got for myself as a birthday present. It is cordless, which means no more tangled cords around the big 8×4 sheets of … Continue reading Hanging Drywall
One of the many home automation technologies that I use in my houses is Samsung SmartThings. It supports a wide array of sensors, integrated well with Alexa and Arlo, and provides a slick phone UI with the ability to manage multiple homes. For a long time, I’ve used the SmartThings Leak Sensor to monitor for … Continue reading SmartThings Smoke Alarm
Now that I’m ready to start drywalling the guest house bathroom and utility room, I had to buy and haul all of the requisite drywall. It was a cold 7 degree day in Wisconsin, but I rented a UHaul trailer and hauled about 30 sheets of 8×4 drywall. I unloaded everything in the guest house … Continue reading Hauling Drywall