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How I Installed a Hidden Hitch on my 2006 Honda Odyssey


It was high time I installed a receiver hitch on our Odyssey. The bike rack we own is one that requires a 1-1/4 or 2-inch receiver hitch, and my truck is the only vehicle that we can use it on. Also, it would be nice to be able to pull a trailer with the Honda […]

Steps in Assembling a Sauder Computer Desk

Inside the box

Quick, what pops into your mind when you hear the term computer desk? I bet most of you think of the fake wood looking desk with doors on each end. Well, that’s what I’ve assembled, and have photos of the different steps along the way. When you visit Staples, Office Max, or any store that […]

Steps to Assembling an Office Chair From Staples

Fully Assembled Chair

My mother-in-law purchased this Staples brand faux leather chair and asked me to put it together for her. The side of the box says it’s a Berwell Chair, model 19564. No tools (on your behalf) are needed. The parts are all bolts with a hex head, and the allen wrench needed , is supplied in […]

Bathroom Remodel

Completed project:  Only thing carried over from the old bathroom was the ceiling.

Other than painting the walls, our powder room had not changed since we purchased our home. The time had finally come for me to work another home project and put in tile on the floor and partially up the walls; a new toilet; a new vanity, mirror and lighting fixture. Unfortunately I got started ripping […]

The Shed Project – Final Installment

The sun rises on Labor Day morning prior to moving items into the shed.

It’s with great happiness that I post the final installment of my shed project.   Although I have a few minor items to finish up (caulking, stain touch-ups, and the ramp), the shed is, for the most part, complete. This morning I went out and swept out the entire shed to make sure it was as […]

Half a Door

The left door of the shed installed. / August 24, 2008

This weekend brought the completion of the roofing — shingles and ridge vent. It was a great feeling to have that behind me. This morning I went back to Home Depot to get the wood and hardware for the door, workbench and side soffit. Once everything was unloaded, I started work on the door. The […]

The Shed Project – Weekend #4

Left portion of roof is shingled

As the weeks go by I am getting less and less productive on the shed. I worked two half days on it which resulted in getting the trim around the window and about 70% of the roof shingled. All I can say after the latest work being performed, “I never want to be a roofer.” […]

The Shed Project – Weekend #3

Window installed into the rear of the shed / Saturday, August 9, 2008

The shed building continues as I enter my third weekend. This weekend will not be as productive for Saturday is Larry and Kelly’s shower and Sunday I have an assignment for the Examiner — covering a game at the Ripken World Series that features a team from Harford County. Friday, Aug 08 Today I was […]

The Shed Project – Day 6

The roof and felt paper has been completed

Another 3-day weekend has come to and end. Not all my goals were completed, but the main one was — getting the roof put on and the felt paper down. The day started a bit slow, for I had to run to Home Depot to pick up some trim board and drip edge.   Home Depot […]

The Shed Project – Day 5

Rain and Hail stopped work on the shed (Day 5), August 2nd, 2008

I forgot to notify Mother Nature of my shed building plans this weekend. I awoke to thunder at about 4:30a this morning. I jumped out of bed and looked out the window — it was raining. My siding that I was hoping to stain wasn’t going to happen now, so I went back to bed […]

The Shed Project – Day 4

Beautiful weather for building a shed

I took a vacation day today to have another three-day weekend to hopefully make good progress on the shed. Last evening I headed over to Home Depot to get the 12 sheets of T1-11 siding, 2 sheets of 5/8-inch plywood for the loft and 6 sheets of 5/8-inch OSB for the roof, plus the wood […]

The Shed Project – Day 3

Dave stands in the framed doorway after erecting all four walls onto the platform. / July 27, 2008

Scattered thunderstorms was the theme for the day, but that didn’t stop me from framing the front and back walls and then erecting them. The day started out with blue skies and sunshine. But I knew the rain was coming, so I put up my EZ-Up popup canopy over part of the platform and behind […]

The Shed Project – Day 2

Right sidewall

I awoke this morning only slightly stiff — much better than I thought I would feel. So, it was off to Home Depot again to load up with the wood needed to complete the four walls. Keely wanted to help today, so I started her out with a small hammer, some finish nails and a […]

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