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/ Framing and Structure
new studs

Structural Repairs: Load-Bearing Walls

Restoring, replacing and altering structure where load bearing walls had been damaged or removed.
/ Framing and Structure
support beam and stud wall

Structure: Supporting the house from the basement

When it comes to fixing structural issues in a house, start in the basement and work your way up.
/ Framing and Structure
sunken tub

Structure: The Sunken Tub

How we got rid of a sunken tub and repaired the underlying structure.
/ Framing and Structure
rafter extension

Adding ventilation and fixing leaks in back dormer

Extending the roof to add soffit ventilation and solve water issues in the back dormer.
/ Framing and Structure
Fixing water damage and structure in the Dormer

Fixing water damage and structure in the Dormer

A water leak and a window installed without proper structure. How we removed rotted framing and framed the wall correctly.
/ Products and Retail
nightstand

The table leg chronicles

The tale of a night stand with a wrong part and a small company with exceptional customer service.
/ Bedroom
Princess no more: Bedroom makeover

Princess no more: Bedroom makeover

Our 11 year old daughter has outgrown her "princess" bedroom. So we gave her a bedroom makeover using her design choices.
Contracts and contractors

Contracts and contractors

Comparing our experience when hiring a contractor with only a verbal agreement vs hiring a contractor with a written contract.
view from deck

Checking off the wish list

Our house looked good on paper, but the reality was something different. We had to do a lot of work to keep the promises that the house had made.
From Dream House to Nightmare in less than a year

From Dream House to Nightmare in less than a year

We found our dream house. Sure, it needed some work. But the amount of work it needed soon turned that dream to a nightmare and almost us everything.
/ Waterproofing
Easy fix for a sump pump that does not shut off

Easy fix for a sump pump that does not shut off

When our sump pump would not stop running, a mechanical float switch was the quickest, easiest, most affordable fix.
/ Products and Retail
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.
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