Sunday, December 7, 2014

A GREAT Anniversary Getaway and a GREAT STUFF Giveaway!

We recently went to the Dominican Republic to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  What a great trip!  The people of the Dominican Republic are so friendly and hard working.  They were so thankful to have tourists come to their beautiful country.  We stayed at an adults only, all inclusive resort in Punta Cana.  From the moment we arrived at the resort, we LOVED IT!  That all-inclusive deal is sweet!  ALL the food and drinks are included.  Yes, we needed our stretchy pants by the time we left!  

The ocean was warm and turquoise.  There was a slight breeze that felt great.
 
 

 
We had a swim out room.  We sat out there each day. What a neat way to cool off!

   A pool with a swim up bar.  A very popular place!
 
 
A delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants.
Of course, we can't wait to go back again! 
 
 
Now for the Giveaway!
The folks at GREAT STUFF™ have generously offered a Gift Pack of their products to one lucky winner. 
 
We love GREAT STUFF™!  Since we live in a much cooler place than the Dominican Republic, we need to make sure all of the cold air stays out in the winter and in in the summer. 
 
 
 
 
This products shuts leaks out of Windows & Doors
Proper air sealing can lower your energy bill.  The average U.S. home has gaps and cracks that run ½ mile long from end to end. GREAT STUFF™ Window & Door Insulating Foam Sealant makes light work of spraying insulating foam in the gaps around doors and windows. It expands quickly to block airflow and add warmth your whole family can feel.
 
This stuff works so well.  Here it's used at my friend's new house that he's building to cover the spaces between the ducts and plumbing gaps.   Be sure to always wear gloves when using these products.
 


 
The gaps around water and waste pipes leading to exterior walls can let in a lot of air. GREAT STUFF™ Big Gap Filler expands to take the shape of cracks and voids 1" or larger, forming an airtight, water-resistant seal that prevents drafts and keeps critters out.
 
 
 
 
So please leave a comment for the chance to win a Gift Pack of GREAT STUFF™ products!  I'll be picking a winner via Random Number Generator on Saturday, December 13, 2014. 
 
 
Thanks for your visit!
Pam
 
 
 
I was given GREAT STUFF product to use and review.  All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Toledo Scale Redo! Yes, Another One!

I would say that my husband is becoming quite good at scale restorations.  He would say that our house may just cave in one day from the weight of all of the scales.  :) 
 
 
 
 
 
We found this little Toledo scale at an antique shop a couple months ago.  It was missing the glass, had a metal tray and was pretty beaten up.
 
 
 
He methodically takes each scale apart and cleans up every single part.
 
 
 
 
He got creative in replacing the metal tray.  He found sheets on Corian on eBay.  He cut a piece into a circle, glued it on and now it's a clean, pretty tray.
 
I love the sparkly blue color with the brass accents.
 
Yes, another successful job! 

 
Thank you for your visit!
 
Pam










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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Affordable Appliance Repairs







I'm welcoming Stan Harris with a Guest Post about Appliance Repair.  It's always such a relief to find a good appliance repair person!  Thanks Stan!

 

Affordable Appliance Repair in Los Angeles, CA.


Los Angeles, California is a great place to live and work for anyone who worries about getting bored. LA is not just about an active nightlife, it has lots of interesting things to do, including:

·         Visiting Uncle Rehearsal Studio

·         Getting spooked at Big Worm's Sherwood Scare

·         Learning cool acrobatic tricks at The Aerial Classroom

·         Partying at Valley Greek Festival


Considering how many great things there are to do near and around Los Angeles California, no one has time to deal with a broken appliance, and that's okay, because Appliance Repair Pros provides amazing service that everyone with a Los Angeles zip code will benefit from.

About Appliance Repair Pros' Services

When it comes to appliance repair in Los Angeles you're not going to find anything better than Appliance Repair Pros. We've worked hard to cultivate a reputation that has eventually made us the best appliance repair company in the area, bar none. Things that set us apart from the competition include:

·         We allow you to pick the appointment time, not the other way around

·         We keep our overhead low and pass the savings on to you in the form of low prices for all sorts of appliance repair issues in Los Angeles

·         We have a huge team of experienced, factory certified technicians who love working with appliances

·         We provide and honor our estimates

·         We only use factory certified parts

As soon as you start to use our services, you'll never be happy with any other appliance repair service.

Los Angeles Icemaker Repair

Icemakers are something that hasn't been in the average household for very long, but they have quickly become something we depend on. Most people find that having an icemaker built into their refrigerator increases the amount of water that they drink every day.

If you find that your icemaker isn't working properly, you shouldn't assume that you need to start filling up ice trays. You don't. All you have to do is call us and ask about our Los Angeles ice maker repair service. It's affordable, effective, and improves the overall quality of your life.

 Common problems with built in ice makers includes:

·         Ice that tastes strange

·         Smelly ice

·         Ice makers that have gotten loud

·         Dirty ice

·         Leaks

·         The icemaker starts overheating

·         The machine has low yield

·         Strange shaped ice cubes

·         No ice

Los Angeles Washing Machine Repair

No one likes going to the Laundromat with baskets and baskets of dirty clothing, but that's exactly what you'll have to do if you're washing machine breaks down. However, if you call us, you'll find that our Los Angeles washing machine repair service can have your machine up and running again before your laundry has a chance to pile up. All you have to do is give us a call.

·         Common washing machine problems include;

·         Failure to drain

·         The drum stops spinning and seems to be stuck

·         It doesn't spin consistently

·         The washing machine doesn't agitate

·         The machine rocks

·         It's loud

·         The display starts frantically flashing display codes

·         The floor around the machine is wet

·         The cycles don't seem to be working properly

·         The temperatures isn't correct

·         It won't turn on

·         It won't fill or it fills too much

·         The pump has stopped working

Los Angeles Commercial Appliance Repair

We provide the best commercial appliance repair in Los Angeles bar none. In addition to taking advantage of our high quality repair work, Los Angeles business owners will appreciate our reasonable prices and speedy service.

Brands and Types of Appliances Appliance Repair Pros Repairs

·         Oven Repair

·         Vent Hoods Repair

·         Ice Maker Repair

·         Freezer Repair

·         Refrigerator Repair

·         Washer Repair

·         Microwave Repair

·         Chest freezer Repair

·         Kitchen Range Repair

·         Dryer Repair

·         Wine cooler Repair

·         Dishwasher Repair

·         Stove Repair

·         Cooktop Repair

·         And more!

 

The brands of appliances includes:

  

Repairs Aren't the Only Thing We Offer

Although repairing appliances makes up the bulk of our business, we would like to see a slight shift in the way things work out. We're steadily convincing Los Angeles business owners and residents to not wait to have work done on their appliances after the machines have stopped functioning properly. We're urging them to make arrangements for us to come out once ­­a year and provide regular maintenance work. The once a year appointment accomplishes many things, including:

·         Virtually eliminates the need for emergency appliance repair calls

·         Extends the amount of time you can wait before you need to get new household or commercial appliances

·         Keeps your energy bills low

·         Gives you peace of mind

Whether you find yourself dealing with a dishwasher, dryer, or oven that has suddenly stopped working or you want to learn what you can do to keep your current appliances working properly, the first step will be calling us. We have a customer service rep standing by and look forward to hearing from you.

We look forward to working with you and your appliances!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This is FANtastic

 
 
We recently installed a new ventilation fan in our main floor bathroom.  The previous fan sounded like an airplane landing!  It was also on a switch, so either it was left on for much longer than it needed to be, or was turned off too soon.
 
We looked at Westside Wholesale and loved the selection!  We are lovers of the big box stores, but the selection here was light years better!  There are 150+ choices for bath fans alone on their website. 
 
 
We looked at several models, then decided on the Panasonic bathroom fan.  This baby is quiet!  It has an auto-on, auto-off sensor that we set for 10 minutes.  It will stay on if it senses humidity or motion.  If not, it'll only stay on for 10 minutes.
 
 
This is the old fan.  It was a little smaller than the new. 
 
 
 
 
And the new fan.
 
 
 
It took about 90 minutes from start to finish to install. 
 
There were a couple of pieces of metal that needed to be bent to get it in as a 'remodel' rather than a 'new' install, but overall, it wasn't too difficult.  (of course I was the one taking pictures, not climbing up in the attic--haha)
 
 
We have had it in for about 3 weeks now and are so happy with everything about it.  It's quiet, it moves air very well, and it clears out the humidity from a shower very quickly. 



 



 
 Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam
 
 

I was given a fan to review; however all opinions here are my own.
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Our Most Ambitious Stair Project Yet

 
 
 
My husband is an incredible woodworker.  He can make just about anything!  He's put oak stairs in two of our last three houses and walnut stairs in this house.  Recently a good friend asked us to help her with her stairs.  She lives in a 100 year old house that she is redoing room by room.  Last year we helped her put in a mudroom.  This project again provided tight spaces for three adults, but we can honestly say, we're all still very good friends!  :)
 
She wanted the stairs made out of hickory to match what she's planning to use on her first floor.  It's the first time my husband has worked with the wood.  It's sure a beautiful wood!
 
 
 
We thought we had a true 'before' picture of the stairs with carpet on them, but none of us can locate the picture.  Instead, we have these, after she ripped out all of the carpet.  We are guessing by the way they came out, that they built the original stairs elsewhere and put in the whole set as one piece. 
 
 

 
 
 
After we removed all of the old stairs and old stuff that they were built with, there was only a center 2x4 with little 1x6's nailed to that.  Talk about being Billy Goats climbing up those 14 steps! Here she is cutting off the old nails that were put in from the other side.  Good balancing act!
 
 
We added three new stringers, then secured them to the walls, the center support and down to the floor at the bottom.
 
 
Several weeks of cutting, sanding, gluing, staining the hickory at home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once we had all three stringers in, we started from the bottom building the frame for each step.  We had to be very careful to make sure everything was level, even, etc.  After we built all of the support steps, we glued down the hickory.  We'd put one stair in, then the riser, then he'd precisely measure for the next stair, and on and on...


 
The first 13 stairs are in!

 
 
The landing is now securely built, ready for the hickory.
 
 
 
She wanted a similar landing to the one he made for our house.  Lots and lots of cutting, gluing and screwing the boards together.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 




 

 
The last four stairs were a bit out of square, etc., but that was fixed.
 
 
 
 
Woohoo!  The last tread is put in place.



 
 
And the project is about done!  She still needs to caulk the risers and touch up the drywall, but the bulk of the project is complete and she's thrilled!
 
 
Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam
 
 
 
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