Workshops past.

Have you ever had a workshop in the past that can never be replicated?

This is mine. I built this building from the ground up, with a little help from my friends and family. Once it was built, I started shopping for items to finish it up inside.

The walls were covered with slotwall that was acquired from a store renovation for free. Along with the slotwall, I also got all the shelves and hooks too.100_0714

The fireplace was one of those once in a lifetime deals. I was told it was for sale, and went to the persons house and made the deal with his wife. Turns out she misunderstood his instructions and sold it to me for a lot less than he wanted.

We enjoyed it’s warmth for many years.100_0715The bench was a joy to work at in daylight hours, what with the large window behind it.100_0716These parts bins were castoffs from a relatives workplace when this size was dropped for a larger size.100_0717Of course no workshop is complete without a bar. After the tools were put away, it was always nice to enjoy my handiwork with friends and a cold beverage.

Sadly, we sold this property a few years ago, and no workshop since has given me the pleasure that this one did.

Workshops past.

Marriage under Construction. 

img_2387 I watch a lot of home reno shows and very much enjoy them. Sometimes I am amazed at what you can learn from these shows.

Sometimes I am amazed at what they do wrong too. Marriage under Construction is very entertaining, but not very educational.

In this episode they are installing a bathtub and tiling a shower wall.  Take this photo above as an example. This is not the proper type of tub to install against a wall. It has no tile lip on it, so if the caulking fails at the tile line,the water will run down the wall and cause mould and rot.

This tub is designed to be set on top of a platform, not against the wall.
 In this photo Vincenzo has just told Derek that he is using floor mastic to adhere the tiles to the wall. Mastic is not the proper product to use in a shower area. On top of that, the wall is standard drywall. The proper material to use is a waterproof cement board, or one of the newer foam base panels with cement coating on it.

If you are spending a lot of hard earned money on a project,at least use products that will last.

I just wonder how long this tile work will last before the wall turns to mush.

Marriage under Construction. 

This ones for the birds.

Do you have birdhouses?

I love building birdhouses, and sometimes I sell them or give them as gifts.

There is one thing about birdhouses that many people neglect to do.

They need to be cleaned every year.

imageWhen I build birdhouse, I always make sure there is an access to the inside.

On these examples, the bottom panel is easily removed for cleaning.

I have found that they get pretty full of nesting material after the birds move out in the fall.

I have found wasp nests and spider nests inside too.image

The birds that move into this love nest, can build the best nest possible because it is squeaky clean.image

This ones for the birds.


Why do manufacturers build refrigerators so deep?

The standard counter top is 25 inches deep, but a standard fridge is about 30 inches deep.

Talk about putting a square peg in a rectangular hole!

I know a Counter depth fridge is available, but they are usually a special order at extra cost.

Regardless, this old fart and Mrs Old Fart are going shopping for a new counter depth fridge today.


Open concept for free

One thing that seemed quite popular in the ’70,s was the cabinets over a peninsula.

In my opinion all they do is block sight lines between dining room and kitchen.

An easy and free fix is to take them down and open up the view.

In my example the cabinets were built in place, so I needed to attack them with a skilsaw.

Then I needed to rebuild the end panel to close the cabinet off, and reinstall one door.

In a lot of cases the cabinets will be separate boxes which just need to be unscrewed from the ceiling.

Below is a before and after shot of my project.

In the after shot, you can see that the remaining end of the cabinet has not been finished off yet.


Open concept for free