Monday, December 28, 2009

Sand for Sidewalks

Did you know Minneapolis offers free sand for sidewalks?

All you need to do is stop by one if their sites and bring your own shovel and pail.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

1940 Water Heaters

I've been scanning some old Philgas stove sales brochures and ran across these sales brochures for 1940 water heaters. Considering my recent water heater experience, they caught my eye.

20 yr warranty.

We once had the capability of building a 20 yr water heater. Now they typically last less than 10 yrs, if you are lucky. Something is wrong here.

Oh, and check out those prices. I almost cried.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Restoration Humor

Santa brought me an electric fry pan. I've wanted one for years. I unwrapped the pan and was looking through the instruction manual and joked "Geez, now I don't really have to finish the Tappan."

Just for a second, I think my horrified mother thought she had inadvertently contributed yet another delay in getting the Tappan Deluxe stove up and running.

Everyone is anxious to see the stove out of my living room and into my kitchen.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Filling the Rim Joists

Another small step in the name of weatherproofing. A few days ago, my dad came over and helped me put insulation into the spot where my basement rim joists meet the first level floor.

When I had my infrared energy audit done, this was one area the energy auditor pointed this out as an area that could use some work. The dark areas in the infrared photos is where heat loss is taking place. There was old insulation in some of the joist bays on one side of the house when I moved in. But as I've had electrical work done....and when they installed the glass block windows....even this insulation had been pulled out and tossed. The joist bays have a funky shape as the concrete basement walls were topped with a slanting pile of concrete.

I had been dreading doing this and kept putting it off. But, once we got started it was really pretty easy and only took a couple of hours.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Away With The Peach

Nothing too exciting. I've just been stripping more paint off of the scored plaster in my kitchen. It's tedious and I get bored with it, so of course it takes a whole lot longer than it should. (Note the refinished, reinstalled baseboard - it looks darker on the right, but that's just shadow)

I will say the scoring detail in the plaster beneath the paint makes the effort worthwhile. It's going to look nice with one coat of fresh paint on it. I'll be happy never to see the color peach again in my life.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Disclosure Policy

The Federal Trade Commission, obviously having some time on their hands, has decided that the world just may fall apart if they are not able to regulate the review of products by bloggers.  In their infinite wisdom they have declared that a blogger must disclose if they are paid or receive free products for their reviews. Or else.

So, in order to side step a knock on the door by the FTC and the accompanying fine (wouldn't that make for an entertaining post?), I am disclosing this...

As nice as it would be to have packages of free stuff and product review payment checks arriving at the doorstep of StuccoHouse..none of my product reviews (and they are far and few between) are based on free products or payment. I don't read blogs where they constantly are promoting some vendor giveaway with a gushy product review...nor where I know a product review is written to keep that gravy train of free stuff coming.  So, I wouldn't subject my readers to that.

If you read a product review on my blog, it's because I have purchased the product, used the product and genuinely liked (or disliked) the product. You get the good, the bad and the ugly. If I ever actually received a free product (don't hold your breath), you would be the very first to know. End of story.

Now that this important disclosure has been made, perhaps the FTC can move on to stopping the robo-calls I keep getting from America's Best Contacts and Glasses....

Friday, December 11, 2009

Defying The Flow

This post will probably be of interest to few people other than me (and possibly my dad). We've been hit by a cold spell here and I've been trying to think of ways to further weatherproof my house. I've done a lot already.

But, my dad suggested that maybe putting the door to my basement back up might be a good idea. The PO removed a bunch of doors to "open up the flow" of the house. I gagged a little typing that. Thankfully, they were stored in the basement.

I wrote a few months ago about hauling up the door for my kitchen and getting that back in place.

I've also written about this silly hallway I have whose walls are filled with doors. Well, now there is one more. Each short wall, two doors (the oak door leads to the "formal" space of the dining room). 8 doors total.

I like it. It's quirky. It defies "flow."

Having the old door back in place has raised the temperature a couple of degrees.

And, yes, that's *still* the bathroom sink laying there.

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