Category Archives: Home Improvement

Finishing my Garden Pathway: Day 5

My summer (and my pathway) got away from me a bit with a few unexpected events that took up a handful of my weekends.  But such is life and projects will always be there!  So after my brief hiatus, I was able to finish up the project.  I’m labelling this “Day 5” and so it is, but it certainly wasn’t 5 consecutive days!  I do have longer term aspirations that include raised beds for flowers, herbs and edibles complete with benches and lights, but that will have to wait for more time and more money! Continue reading

Making a Garden Pathway: Day 4

I kicked off another weekend by putting a few hours in on my pathway.  I’m continuing to make slow but deliberate progress!  I’ve made a few decisions that have changed my original plan.  First, I decided that I really don’t like the flagstone in the pathway and I plan to repurpose it to build some stairs and a veranda next to the patio by the big rocks.  Also, I decided that I really don’t like the bright white pea gravel as much as I’d like a more brown color.  Lastly, I’ve decided that the pea gravel by itself rolls around a bit too much, so I want a bed of crushed gravel to create more of a substantial base so that the gravel locks together more!

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Making a Garden Pathway: Day 3


I’m making some great progress on the patio!  Getting up and at it before the heat really cranks up is the key, I’m finding out.  Even at 7:00 in the morning it’s 80 degrees and at least 80% humidity.  I’m soaked with sweat just walking around planning what I’m going to try to get done this morning! Continue reading

Making a Garden Pathway: Day 2

Mud & pea gravel definitely don't make for a nice garden path!

Mud & pea gravel definitely don’t make for a nice garden path!

Today is actually not the 2nd consecutive day of my garden pathway!  I didn’t have quite as much time to invest this weekend and ran into a bit of trouble, so most of my work this time was repairing a section of the path and figuring out how to make a nice terminating end by the fence, which I hadn’t really thought through until I got into it. Continue reading

How to Build a Kendal Extra Wide Dresser: Intro

I’ve been wanting to build a dresser for some time now and finally decided to take the plunge.  After searching for a long time to find one I like, I settled on a modified version of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  This has an overall clean design and I like the way the drawers are inset into the frame & Ana did a great job with the design. Continue reading

How to Build an Extra Wide Kendal Dresser: Drawers

I am in the middle of building an adaptation of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  In this post, I’m constructing the drawers.  This dresser has 3 drawers along the top and 4 drawers below.  One of the changes I made in my version is to construct the drawer boxes out of 1/2″ plywood instead of 1x lumber.   Continue reading

Help! My LG Dishwasher LDF6920ST Door is Broken!

I’m beginning to think my LG LDF6920ST dishwasher is a lemon.  After I fixed the leak in my other post, the door started falling down without any resistance.  Obviously something else is broken!  But it’s my only dishwasher and the prospect of buying a new appliance just doesn’t get me very excited.  And besides, when it works it does a pretty good job. Continue reading