Exploring the crawlspace

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While attaching plywood to the basement wall so I could install wire shelves (more about that later), Jeremiah and his dad noticed some bottles in the crawlspace under the living room. The space spans the entire length of the house and about a third of the width, with the access panel being a little broken door panel located about halfway down the basement stairs. Wanting the bottles, but a person who to belly-crawls through scary places, I volunteered Jeremiah to go. (Technically I offered but said I’d … Read more…

Cleaning woodwork

I’m grateful for the former owner’s restraint when it came to remodeling. I love that the bathroom tiles have crazing, I love that the floors creak, I even love that the bathtub has a round top that makes balancing shampoo and razors on the edge nearly impossible. The only thing I don’t love so much is the decades-worth of build-up on surfaces people touch. Banisters, doors, cabinet pulls, even light switches. I think it was just a result of waxy cleaning products, but … Read more…