Index of Blog Posts


Mistakes Homeowners Make: Not doing the math

Date posted: June 19, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I share some news regarding the re-sale value of our house after one year.  I also explore in some detail the perils of “not doing the math” when it comes to home improvements. Show notes are coming for this episode…


018: Allow me to vent (Podcast)

Date posted: June 3, 2017

Three options for heating a garage / workshop. Insulation and ventilation options for a 1-1/2 story Cape Cod (email question). Solution for venting if no soffits are present. Construction jobs, the trades shortage and Millenials.


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

guest room

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.