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Seeking surveyor recommendation December 22, 2016 2:30 pm

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KNOXVILLE: Anyone have recommendations on a property surveyor for West Knoxville? I want to get the four corners identified, monuments replaced if necessary, easements identified, and recorded at the city/county building.

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What did you do with your weekend? August 9, 2016 8:19 am

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I found a nice place to relax in the house.

Weekend Project - Bathroom Exhaust Fan

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Uninvited house guests June 25, 2016 8:28 am

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Confirmed. I have birds in the attic. Guess I should get those spot lights replaced.

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Lawnmower repairs May 8, 2016 8:50 am

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This time the carburetor rebuild worked…damn.

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Weekend Project – Electricity November 23, 2014 9:49 am

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Feature creep: I could install a Thermally-Fused NEMA 14-50 instead of a GFCI by running #6 THHN instead of 12-2! Hmm.. But them I would need to go ahead an buy an EVSE. I wonder if I won the lottery last night.

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Weekend Project – Electricity November 23, 2014 9:24 am

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The sound track for today’s electrical work. Except I change the words to “Gettin’ jiggly wit it” If you see me dancing today, please hit me with a broom stick, throw the breaker, and call 911.

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Kitchen remodel benefits November 22, 2014 7:56 am

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When I bought a new dishwasher, it never occurred to me I was adding cabinet space. Now I always know where to find the dish I need.

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Kitchen remodel November 16, 2014 9:35 pm

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I had planned a kitchen remodel for "the future." Mentally, to me, that meant 2016. I figured by then I would have recovered from all our other projects and expenses enough to tackle a DIY kitchen remodel. Then our fridge died. It joined the dead dishwasher. And the dead exhaust fan. And the stove with one dead eye. The time had come, and after a bit of deliberation, we replaced the kitchen appliances. A stainless steel French door refrigerator, dishwasher, electric range, and over the stove microwave appeared in the house. A blackhole appeared in my bank account.

The dishwasher installation required me to replace an electrical run from the kitchen to the breaker box. That was time consuming and not without a few swear words and some blood. After that ordeal, the dishwasher slid easily and nicely into place. But I forgot to cut the discharge hose free so I pulled the dishwasher out. With the hose now neatly run to the disposal, I slid the dishwasher back into place with similar ease. But it wouldn’t level. There was too much of a drop between the flooring and the space under the cabinet. I pulled the dishwasher out and added some wood to the under the cabinet space. But now the dishwasher wouldn’t slide in. I checked the wood. I tape things down. I checked the water line and the electrical line. In the end, the adjusting foot in the back was still extended and snagged then tore the vinyl floor. I can patch it. That installation took all day.

The only piece remaining is the microwave. But we didn’t replace the cabinets. Lingering over the stove is a 42 inch cabinet that once fit perfectly over a 1960s gargantuan electric range suitable for Mrs. Cleaver. Our modern range is 30 inches. We debated centering the range under the existing cabinet then filling the gap between the counter and the range with some handmade shelving for cookie sheets etc. Debated just leaving the range butted up against the counter and hanging the microwave offset instead of centered under the cabinet but that left the question of how to handle the duct work. Plus that would leave the microwave hanging too low to the range. We debated hand making an entire new kitchen’s worth of cabinets but didn’t want to wait 5 years to use our kitchen again. Besides, if I’m going to make my own counters, I’m going to lay down a new tile floor first. In dismay, I pulled up Home Depot’s website. To my surprise, a 30x12x12 wall bridge cabinet in unfinished oak was a mere $48.45 and in stock! This is a no-brainer. I couldn’t build one of that. At $49, it is basically disposable so we can hang it, and when the time comes to remodel, we can replace it.

That said, now I have to debate whether to risk doing this construction over the stove, or moving it and possibly not having a stove for several days while the installation happens.

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HVAC Maintenance May 21, 2014 4:31 am

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When you go to bed with the house at 82°F and awake with the house at 78°F, your air conditioner is trying to remind you that you should not have skipped the annual maintenance.

We will try to limp by until the weekend by making the house super cold in the morning and avoiding opening doors throughout the day (ha!).

Temperature conversion courtesy of http://www.onlineconversion.com/.

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Saturday August 24, 2013 12:09 pm

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I posed a question on Facebook today:

Oh my. Program? Cut the grass? Clean the house? Read a book? Run some new pipe? Build a wall? Upgrade the electrical wiring to 12-2? Install a panic button? Wash the wife’s car? Marinate some steaks? Repair the garage door? Clean the driveway? Finish hole 2 of the minigolf? Built a fort for Evan? Paint? Install flooring in the basement?

[Source, Facebook.com/djuggler]

Thus far, my day has been:

Now to see about a garage door repair.
Update: 12:40pm Garage door repair complete.

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What happened this weekend? August 12, 2013 8:57 am

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The weekend began with a visit to a client’s office where we accomplished none of her goals but an hour later had a plan. Relatives were visiting so family took priority which ultimately meant Chuck E Cheese and sushi with Froyoz for dessert. Then there was massive cleaning, throwing away of things, Goodwilling piles, and room moves. The house is gaining a new sense of order despite the current disarray. I can once again enter my garage! Things are only getting better.

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Progress report July 5, 2013 1:47 pm

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The shelves in the tool box have been lined.

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Weekend Accomplishments May 6, 2013 8:30 am

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This weekend I juggled for Children’s Hospital at the Zoo. I completed a split rail fence along my driveway’s retaining wall. I provided tech support to old people. I celebrated a friend turning 50. I purchased the most expensive appliances imaginable and they still won’t match my socks or fold my shirts. I performed hours of basement archaeology. And I awoke Monday morning exhausted and tender.

Dead tech

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Rain rain here to stay May 5, 2013 8:30 am

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What a beautiful rain we are having! My jungle in the back yard lush and almost glowing.

My rain forest

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Fence complete! May 4, 2013 9:47 am

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Big storm on the way so I awoke at 6:40 to work on completing the installation of a split rail fence along the retaining wall. It’s now complete! Trips to hardware stores? Zero! Completion time including cleanup? 9:40am. I have so much time left in this day I think I’ll remodel the kitchen!

Fence complete

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