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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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.
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…
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:
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.
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.
One thing I’ve learned as a foster parent is that kids love attention. A recent customer had me add a feature to their basement family room to give their kids some of that attention… a corner stage.
If you’re finishing your basement, de-cluttering your home, or working on a project that generates trash (more than will fit in your garbage can) pick up your free yearly dump pass and haul it to the landfill free of charge. I just picked up mine today at the Lehi City Administration building by the Library.
After repainting our master bathroom and installing a frame for the mirror (see previous post on that here), we decided the cabinets needed some handles to finish everything off. Cabinet knobs and pulls really make an impact on the look of your cabinets and make it easier to pull the doors and drawers open as well.
One of the most common things a DIYer neglects to do when finishing a basement is to install proper firestop per code. Firestop is required by building code to impede a potential fire from spreading- which could come in handy if you’re doing your own electrical work. :)
You will not pass your inspections from the local building department if you don’t install firestop as required. So don’t forget to firestop! If you don’t know how to install it, I’ll explain the code and how to meet these firestop requirements.