Category Archives: Home Repair

Miscellaneous home repairs and improvements.

Kidde P3010CU false alarm

Our Kidde P3010CU combo smoke/CO detector started to beep and speak “Fire” this morning.  A pretty thorough search of the whole house revealed no smoke, no fire.  Still a little spooked, I considered apologetically calling the fire department, but noting … Continue reading

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Repair attempt of Grohe Quick Coupling

While in the middle of repairing the kitchen sink drain plumbing, I noticed a fairly significant leak under the sink.  OK, I’d failed to tighten one of the new plastic drain couplings in between repair sessions.  Fine. But that didn’t … Continue reading

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AT&T Uverse failures

Background The damn NVG589 modem on my ATT Uverse internet/phone service failed again today 12/5/15.  This post will be a place to keep details of this and subsequent failures.  There have been many in the past; I’m sure there will … Continue reading

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Over engineered tennis ball on a stick

The lady said we needed tennis balls on sticks to clean the floor after the dance weekend, so that’s what we have. The exit holes for the zip ties were surprisingly easier to drill than the entrance holes.  The cutout … Continue reading

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Damn Tribune “driveway delivery”

My snowblower has eaten a couple of newspapers, but this was the worst case ever.  And it’s all the fault of the Tribune’s stupid “driveway delivery” policy.  (OK, maybe not – see very end.) Despite best efforts, I couldn’t pull … Continue reading

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“Sidewalk fertilizer” bag spout

I’ve been using 10-10-10 fertilizer as salt/traction improver for icy sidewalks for several years now and am very happy with the approach.  The milk jug spreader and the inverted half-jug filler funnel work great. Less great is managing the bag … Continue reading

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New handle for Wusthof Classic knife

Many years ago, when we redid the kitchen largely in white, we got a couple of Wusthof White Classic knives.  They were perfect (including fitting in with the decor), and were used daily.  But one day the #4066 3.5″ paring … Continue reading

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Humidifier hack

I’ve had an Aprilaire 600 humidifier on my furnace for several years, but only recently paid enough attention to notice that it was on all the time.  It’s a dribble-water-down-an-aluminum-pad type, with whatever doesn’t get evaporated by the airflow being … Continue reading

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Fixing B&D Cordless Broom

I’ve used my 18V B&D cordless blower to clean grass clippings off the sidewalk after mowing for many years.  It’s great.  The 15 cell sub-C NiCd battery packs didn’t last for a whole cleanup – but I had two, rebuilt … Continue reading

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Drill press squeak fixed!

I think since the day I got it several years ago, my drill press has squeaked.  It happened – every time – when I turned the chuck by hand a little to orient the hole for the chuck key to … Continue reading

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