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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far…

July 29, 2009

I know a lot of people wonder where I get my handiness….or more likely, where I get all those tools at only 22 years old. And there is a pretty simple answer: My dad! In fact, over the years, his penchant for buying tools has become a running joke of the family. But if you ever need a tool for, say, cutting a hole through a steel door, he’s got it. So I thought that after all my free tool rentals, I would do some sort of spotlight on my dad’s projects around my house.

1. Most recently, he installed this pipe onto the back of our house. The A/C pipe dripped down onto our siding and lovely deck causing some hopefully reparable damage.Now, it flows down the pipe and goes under our deck. Simple, but certainly very helpful.

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2. Another simple, but extremely appreciated, fix at our house was the installation of a cat door. Because we have a steel door, this was more difficult than usual. Now the litterbox is in the garage. I think it might be the best $15 we have ever spent.

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3. In the great repaint of this past year, my dad tackled the most difficult job…the stairwell Not necessarily because Sean and I couldn’t do it, but because our safety standards are slightly higher! Yep, if you look at that picture, my dad has the ladder propped on the wall with a piece of wood resting on the stairs and ladder.

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4. Last, and certainly not least, is our amaxing deck. While our backyard requires a lot more work, the deck looks fabulous. He and Sean built in last summer. It’s a lot bigger, prettier, and sturdier than our previous deck. I particularly like the centered steps that will hopefully lead down to a stone patio eventually.

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So there you have the DIY projects that I cannot take credit for. Thanks for all those fabulous additions that I could not, in fact, do it myself.

I wanted to say that this will likely be my last post for a couple of weeks. I am off to South Africa until August 16th, so between packing and being gone, home improvement is just unlikely. I can’t wait to see what souvenirs I can incorporate into my decoration. Stay tuned!!!!

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