Monthly Archives: April 2014

Toolsday: At long last, the Basin Wrench

Installing a faucet is a major pain. It’s simple: There’s a hole in the sink deck maybe an inch around. You drop the stem of the faucet through that hole and put this great big nut on it from underneath.

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Update: Kitchen organization

The wall-o-shelves is completely gone. The rolling cart now has the things left from those shelves that can’t be stored away. There is one very heavy item I need to move to the basement that I can’t do alone. I

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Hot! Hot! Hot!

My heating system is divided into two zones. There are very clever motorized valves that open and close based on the heat demands of the thermostat in each zone. Near the end of last winter, I noticed that one of

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Toolsday: This Is Only A Drill

Sometimes, you need to put a hole in something. There are a dizzying variety of drills. Cordless, plug-in, hammer drills, right-angle…enough to make your head spin. To start with, you’re going to want a cordless drill. They have limitations. But

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Shine a little light. OK, a lot of little lights.

I’m sure you’ve seen this: A summer night. After dark. The porch light is on, and there are moths and bugs swirling and swarming around it. We know what causes this. Turns out moths and some other insects use the

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Toolsday: Screwdrivers

You need a few screwdrivers. Most everything in your house is held together with screws. Almost all of them are probably Phillips-head screws. Philips screwdrivers come in numbered sizes. You probably need a #1 and a #2 to start with.

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One Fuse to rule them all, and in the darkness blind them.

When my house was built, electricity was a thing. I know this because there are no gaslight pipes, but there are electric wires. Electricity was The Thing To Do. But it was a pretty new thing. I don’t have knob-and-tube

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