Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

In the course of doing repairs, it seems once you start working on one thing, another thing can go wrong. Silly me turning the water off to the washing machine while I was painting.  What was I thinking? When I purchased the house, the shut off valve was one that I personally hadn’t used.  It was made by a company called SYMMONS, and the water pressure that came out of it was impressive.  However, after more than 25 years, it seems the shut off part of it started to corrode and…

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What My Garden Taught Me About People

What My Garden Taught Me About People

I’m not a gardener.  I love to garden, but I don’t profess to be an expert nor do I have the world’s best green thumb.  What I do have is a little knowledge from growing vegetables over the years.  Moving from a climate in Virginia that had a much longer growing season made it difficult to adjust to New York.  However, I thought I’d get ahead of myself this year, and I started planting seeds indoors WAY before planting season.  I waited SO long for tomatoes last year that I…

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Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

This isn’t something I ever thought I would delve into or attempt.  I use to buy insurance on phones, and then decided that I could buy a new phone every year with all the insurance payments.  It seemed like the right thing to do when the kids were younger, but why bother now? My eldest daughter’s phone was smashed.  I’ve NEVER attempted to repair phone glass or anything else, and, laugh if you will, but I didn’t even realize that people had their phone glass repaired until my sister-in-law had…

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Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Our house came with plenty of problems.  I was told the previous owner had nine dogs that were kept inside after a neighbor complained.  The result was urine damage to the floors. The floors were a honey color, and I wanted something more rustic.  What I REALLY wanted to do was attempt to save the original flooring.  I rented a floor sander and sanded the layer away, but the urine stains remained.  A real estate agent suggested that I make the floors black, but it wasn’t the route I was…

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From Starter to Finish

From Starter to Finish

Searching for your first place can be daunting.  We live in a HGTV, DIY world where shows exist that teach we can have everything we want for a minimal price with some sort of five week turnover. The truth of the matter is this isn’t true.  Most of us don’t have a team of people to fix up a house of our choice.  Most of us don’t have friends with their own HGTV show who can do a turnover for us within a two month period with a total revamping…

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Revamping an Old Chandlier

Revamping an Old Chandlier

My house has a two story open entry way that had a small brass chandelier in view of a window.  That chandelier was a bad size for the area it was located.  With a foyer that open and tall, I knew I could get away with something large. I love the wrought iron type of look.  However, purchasing a wrought iron chandelier that is four feet high would be ridiculous.  The weight of such an adventure would surely be problematic with me having to hire  a crew to help.  Even though…

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