Index of Blog Posts


017: Honey-Do or Honey-Done (Podcast)

Date posted: May 19, 2017

Topics covered on this podcast: the pros and cons of to-do lists, a solution for a laundry closet, and garage workshop climate control.


016: If you ask me… (podcast)

Date posted: April 28, 2017

Podcast Episode: Thoughts regarding the previous owner of our house. Answering a question from another podcast: is it okay to convert a bathroom to a laundry room?


015: Adventures in Moving and The Psycho Ex

Date posted: April 14, 2017

Selling our house was like ending bad relationship. No matter how hard we tried, the relationship was never going to work. We accepted the fact that it was best for everyone involved to just move on. Were the events leading up to moving day simply due to Murphy’s Law? Or did our house somehow become the psycho ex, making our lives miserable while it still could?


014 The DIY Shuffle (Podcast)

Date posted: March 31, 2017

The Thumb and Hammer Home Improvement Podcast returns after a break of a little over a year. And what a year it’s been.

This is the story of how I managed to turn a house that was in “just-move-in” condition into a construction zone and what we could have done differently to avoid this mess.


The DIY Shuffle

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Date posted: January 16, 2017

A look back at our first year in this house as we shuffled from one home improvement project to another.


Changes and Fresh Starts

Date posted: February 22, 2016

For more than 12 years we lived in a money pit. We already spent over $100,000 on repairs and improvements and were looking at spending another $100,000 to tear down and rebuild the addition. After talking to a real estate agent, we decided to sell that house and start fresh. All real estate transactions are now complete and we have move into our new home. Allow me to show you around….


013: Adventures in Real Estate

Date posted: February 4, 2016

After a four month hiatus, it’s the triumphant return of the Thumb and Hammer Home Improvement Podcast. In this episode, I talk about acting on a life-changing decision we made back in the fall and how everything came together with hours to spare when it all could have just easily fallen apart.


012: The AZ DIY Guy returns to discuss contracts, contractors and pool repair

Date posted: October 15, 2015

John from AZDIYGuy.com recently hired a contractor to repair his pool. In this podcast episode, he shares his experience in hiring the right contractor for the job and relates how he was able to renegotiate a couple clauses in the contract.


011: Big Mistakes Part 2: Not “getting it in writing”

Date posted: October 7, 2015

“Get it in writing.” Seems so obvious, doesn’t it? Why would anyone do work or have work done without a contract? As a homeowner, I have hired contractors and handymen and I have had work done with and without contracts. In this episode, I give a couple examples of when I had work done without a written contract and the consequences. I also explain what should be included in a good contract.


010: Living Smaller (a follow-up)

Date posted: September 17, 2015

In the last episode, Angela Allen of LivingSmall.com shared her philosophy and enthusiasm for downsizing and simplifying. We talked about tiny houses (Angela lives in a very small cabin) but the conversation evolved into so much more than that. In a very general sense, it became a discussion about figuring out what is important in life. And for Angela, working for a house and becoming a slave to the bank was not part of the equation. In this podcast episode, I elaborate on a few of the topics Angela talked about last week, plus I talk my family and our own life-changing decision.