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basement wall framed with BluWood

What happened to BluWood?

At one time, it seemed as though BluWood was everywhere. It was featured on popular home improvement and renovation shows. And then, it disappeared. What happened to BluWood? And why did I tear out the BluWood framing in my basement?
nightstand

The table leg chronicles

The tale of a night stand with a wrong part and a small company with exceptional customer service.
Thumb and Hammer goes to Antique Archaeology

Thumb and Hammer goes to Antique Archaeology

As fans of American Pickers, we visited Antique Archaeology in Nashville, Tennessee. Here is what we thought.
bracket

Lamenting the demise of the Insta-Step

The Insta-Step Stair Bracket has disappeared from store shelves.
Settlement in DirectBuy Class Action Lawsuit

Settlement in DirectBuy Class Action Lawsuit

Details of a pending settlement in one class action lawsuit against DirectBuy.
New carpet under foot

New carpet under foot

After years of living with outdated, dirty, stained cranberry carpet, we now have brand new clean neutral carpet that is wonderfully un-trendy. Lowes went above and beyond.
Direct Buy: Deal or Scam?

Direct Buy: Deal or Scam?

You've probably seen the commercials (whether the 30 second or the half hour version) for Direct Buy, promising “insider prices”