Cast iron kitchen sink replacement.

Cast iron sink from the 50's.
Cast iron sink from the 50’s.
Stainless steel sink.
Stainless steel sink.

The old cast iron sink was rusted near the bowls and looked old and worn.    Unfortunately, the new sink didn’t cover the same area as the old sink so the counter top also was replaced.  A new faucet completed the job.  If you ever replace an old cast iron sink, be very careful as this one weighed 98 pounds, and once the retaining clips are removed the sink will fall straight down.  The safest way to remove a cast iron sink is to   Continue reading Cast iron kitchen sink replacement.

Bathroom makeover

New ceramic tiles in a small bathroom.
New ceramic tiles in a small bathroom.

This bathroom was a disaster.  Not only did the toilet leak causing the floor underneath to rot, the owner decided to paint the entire room – including the shower walls – UK blue.  Of course, the paint pulled away from the walls and it became a more of a mess.  We reused the tub, vanity, and toilet and replaced most everything else including the window.  The end result was a nice looking, modern bathroom.

 

Chicken coop; my ‘Pet’ project

Chicken coop connected to old corn crib.
Chicken coop connected to old corn crib.

We might have gone overboard on our chicken coop and it seems like I’m still tricking out some feature every week. The coop is framed up with Tulip wood we cut ourselves, and the siding was oak rejects bought at a lumber mill for $.20 a board foot.  I recently put battens on the cracks to cut down on drafts, (there still is plenty of air vent along the roof overhangs) and before that the lids on the nest boxes were reworked.  The clear panels come off those windows in the summer, and the roof overhang is just the right size and angle to allow winter sun to fill the coop, but blocks summer sun from entering.  A connector allows them to leave the coop and enter the old corn crib, and they do spend a good deal of the day there and going back and forth.  The hens enjoy quiet time in the nest boxes while most of the flock is in the corn crib area.  Last project to come: a set of stairs.  Overall, they love their coop!

Chain saw sharpening; a must have tool

Stihl chain saw sharpener with stump vise
Stihl chain saw sharpener with stump vise

Craftsmen have lots of tools and we are always looking for more.  We love our tools, and we especially love the tools that work very well.  For those who have a chain saw, this is a great tool.  It’s the best chain sharpener I’ve used because not only does it easily produce a sharp cutting tooth, in the same stroke it also knocks down the depth gauge tooth.  Stihl makes this sharpening tool but it works on any kind of chain as long as you buy the tool that fits your sized chain.  For instance, a .325 chain.  Sharp chains are safer than dull chains.