• Grand Teton, August 18, 2014
    Grand Teton, August 18, 2014
    August 27, 2014 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • Shadow Box Trim Wainscot
    Shadow Box Trim Wainscot
    September 2, 2013 3 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • two-tier garage shelves
    Garage Overhead Mightyshelves Alternative Hardware Methods
    June 30, 2013 17 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain
    Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain
    June 23, 2013 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • USB Wall Plug
    USB Wall Plug
    March 19, 2013 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • after
    Raised Laundry Platform
    March 7, 2013 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • corner stage
    Corner Stage
    January 22, 2013 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • free yearly dump pass
    Free Yearly Dump Pass
    January 16, 2013 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • bathroom cabinet hardware
    Bathroom Cabinet Hardware
    January 11, 2013 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • how to firestop your basement
    How to Firestop Your Basement
    December 31, 2012 49 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • framed mirror
    Mirror Frame
    December 27, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • cloud entrance
    Cloud Entrance Under Stairs
    December 6, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • porcelain "wood" tile
    “Wood” Tile?
    November 30, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • Framed Built-ins
    Framed Built-ins:
    November 7, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • DIY toy building blocks
    DIY Toy Building Blocks
    September 28, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • fly fishing fun
    Fly Fishing Fun
    September 24, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • health and safety
    Protect Health and Safety During Home Renovations
    September 20, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • open stairway to basement family room
    Open Stairway
    September 17, 2012 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • guitar pickin' in the kitchen
    Guitar Pickin’ in the Kitchen
    September 14, 2012 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • window seat
    Window Seat with Storage
    September 13, 2012 3 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • tile kitchen backsplash
    Tile Kitchen Backsplash
    September 5, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • magnetic tot locks
    Magnetic Tot Locks
    August 16, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • construction schedule
    3-Week Basement Finish: How to Create a Construction Schedule for Your Project
    August 13, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • backpacking doggy bed
    Backpacking Doggy Bed
    July 12, 2012 7 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • limestone firepit area
    Backyard Firepit
    July 11, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2012
    Parade of Homes 2012: My Top 10 Features
    June 26, 2012 3 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • backpacking
    Backpacking is Paradise to Me
    May 12, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • Plyo Box
    Plyo Box
    April 6, 2012 35 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • wood touch-up essentials
    Wood Touch-Ups
    March 1, 2012 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • lessons learned from the mountains
    Lessons Learned from the Mountains
    February 21, 2012 6 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • garage overhead mightyshelves
    Garage Overhead MightyShelves
    February 18, 2012 43 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • master after (right side)
    Batten Board
    January 28, 2012 12 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • decorative entry light
    Decorative Entry Light
    January 18, 2012 1 Comment By Contractor Kurt
  • Uncle Jon's wood bowl
    Lathe Creations
    January 16, 2012 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • jewelry cabinet
    Custom Built-In Jewelry Cabinet
    December 27, 2011 8 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • gridded accent wall 1
    Gridded Accent Wall
    December 8, 2011 2 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • gnarly wood art
    Wall-Mounted Wood Art
    December 7, 2011 3 Comments By Contractor Kurt
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    Programmable Timer
    November 30, 2011 No Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • Gooch's House
    Custom Dog House
    November 21, 2011 3 Comments By Contractor Kurt
  • fishframe3
    Rustic Picture Frame
    November 18, 2011 No Comments By Contractor Kurt

Grand Teton, August 18, 2014

Grand Teton, August 18, 2014

My love for the Tetons began when I was a student at Ricks College.  I got my introduction to this mountain range skiing at Grand Targhee, and hiking Table Rock and around Jenny Lake.  I even took a mountaineering class and back-country ski class that took me into these mountains several times, the highlight of which was climbing the Middle Teton.

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Scout Klondike, 2014

Scout Klondike, 2014

Here’s a video of our scout trip last weekend.  I wish I would have gotten more cross-country skiing footage of the relay race and wipe-outs coming down the powdery snow-covered hill before the camera died, but hope you enjoy it anyway.  Thanks to everyone for a great trip.  It was a blast!

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Shadow Box Trim Wainscot

Shadow Box Trim Wainscot

Earlier this year I installed shadow box trim wainscoting in the front living room of my cousin’s home, in preparation for a big family event they were planning.  Shadow box trim gives a room a more formal and elegant feel.  It creates a wainscot a little different from others I’ve done in the past, like bead board and batten board, which I blogged about here.

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Garage Overhead Mightyshelves Alternative Hardware Methods

two-tier garage shelves

If you would like to build sturdy garage overhead mightyshelves as described in my earlier post here, but don’t have attic space above your garage, one of several alternative hardware support methods is required.  The original design for these shelves uses threaded rod with washers and nuts.  You run a piece of threaded rod through the shelving and up into the attic space where it is secured to a block with washers and nuts that is fastened to the top of the bottom chord of the trusses. But you can only use this method when you have accessible attic space above.  When you don’t, (when your house has living space above your garage for example), you’ll need to use an alternative hardware support method.   Read more…

Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain

Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain

This weekend our scout group went on an over-night backpacking trip around G Mountain.  We hiked up Grove Creek and camped in a grove of aspen trees near a meadow.  The next morning we crossed over the top of G Mountain and came down via Battle Creek.  We hiked a total of 7-8 miles.  Here’s a short video of the trip:

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Grand Canyon Trip

Grand Canyon Trip

My brother-in-law got a group together for a Grand Canyon trip that we went on last week.  We were able to book reservations a year ago to stay at the bottom of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch for three nights.  Our group consisted of 11 hikers including his siblings, his wife’s sisters (including my wife) and a couple from Farmington, New Mexico who were his neighbors and who have been to the canyon well over a hundred times between the two.

We slept in the cabins and dorms there and enjoyed hot showers, steak dinners, and as many pancakes, eggs, and bacon we could find room for every breakfast.  (Having these amenities allowed us to pack light and move efficiently during the descent to the bottom and the climb out).  The experienced couple from New Mexico took us on day hikes, guided us down old miner trails, and lead us to a few seldom seen corners of the canyon.  Here’s a video of some of the highlights:

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USB Wall Plug

USB Wall Plug

Phones, tablets, iPods, radio control helicopters, GoPro cameras (okay you get the idea)… It seems like just about all the electronic devices out there these days are charged via a USB.  So why not install USB wall plugs in your home?  They look like a normal outlet, except that they have USB ports. These USB plugs could be installed to replace any existing outlet in your home where you charge your gadgets, eliminating your USB power adapters, and freeing up your standard outlets.

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Raised Laundry Platform

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I built another raised laundry platform recently through my company Lone Pine Construction, a little different from the last couple I discussed in my previous built-in raised laundry platform post, and will show step by step how this one was constructed for those who would like to build one themselves.

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Ski Mountaineering Timp’s Everest Ridge

ski mountaineering timp's everest ridge

During the winter of ’92 there was a Mount Everest expedition team from Utah that trained using a ridge on the west face of Mount Timpanogos.  Since then, it’s been known to locals as Everest Ridge. Almost exactly a year ago, I noticed a friend Paul Knudsen at church with a sunburned face and “raccoon eyes”.  It turns out that he had climbed Everest Ridge the previous day.  I had heard about that route and we chatted about his trip which prompted an outing together a few weeks later to Heaven’s Half Pipe.  This winter he offered to do the Everest Ridge with me.

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Contractor Kurt or the Human Snow Plow?

Human Snow Plow

For several years now, I’ve been pulling a piece of 1/4″ OSB (waferboard) out of the garage to clear the snow off my driveway after a storm.  If the snow isn’t too heavy, it works great, and gets the job done in a HURRY!  What may have taken 30 passes with a regular snow shovel only takes four or five swipes with my trusty sheet of OSB.

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