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Mason Jar Wall Sconce

Mason Jar Wall Sconce

I decided to build these mason jar sconces because we just no longer liked the sconces that were on each side of our wood stove.  The old ones just didn’t provide enough light, since they were candelabra bulbs our options on increasing the light were limited.  Since I do so much canning, I thought going with a mason jar theme might work out well. Parts Brass Elbow 2″ Nipple Brass Backing Nut Brass Plate Brass Bushing 1/4″x20 Threaded Rod Brass…

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Vacuum Bag Dispenser & Storage

Vacuum Bag Dispenser & Storage

We’ve had a Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer for several years now, picked it up at Costco and have used it fairly regular for years.  So far, it’s been working well.  If you have a Foodsaver brand sealer, I’m sure you’ve looked at the prices of their brand of bags and were surprised at the costs.  The past few years we’ve been buying large rolls of bags from Amazon for far less than the Foodsaver name bags. This creates a problem of…

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Family Truckster

Family Truckster

A few weeks go we bought a new to us Family Truckster.  We needed something that was large enough to seat everyone comfortably and still with enough space to pack in camping gear. Our intent was to find something from this era of Suburban’s because I really dislike plastic bumper covers, especially on SUV’s.  This is one of the last made in the old body style, as they changed to the new body style, mid 1999.  We also liked that…

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Soy, Good luck trying to avoid it

Soy, Good luck trying to avoid it

Reading through the news, and I happened across this article about a report that some Canadians did on soy in the chicken at Subway*.  That actually got me wondering about the amount of soy that you might regularly encounter when eating out.  My primary concern isn’t being allergic to soy, but more about the quantity of unfermented soy that a person may consume in their daily diet.  My family has made a conscious effort to cut back on processed foods. …

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KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Repair

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Repair

A couple weeks ago I picked up a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer off of Craigslist for $25.  The listing indicated that it was dead, and sure enough getting it home, it was completely dead.  Checked the typical things that are wrong with these, worn or incorrectly installed brushes, that wasn’t the problem though.  I started to tear it apart, and quickly realized that someone had tried to fix it before, there were obvious tool marks on the screws, as well as…

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Hidden Dangers of Fluorescent Lighting

Hidden Dangers of Fluorescent Lighting

I bet most people that have fluorescent lighting in their homes, whether they be CFL or full size 4′ tubes, probably don’t realize there’s hidden dangers associated with them.  Every fluorescent fixture needs to have a ballast of some sort to generate the voltage needed to drive the light.  Most ballasts these days are electronic verses transformers in the past.  The electronic ballasts can potentially fail, and fail catastrophically. Here is an example of a ballast I just removed from…

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Modified Silverware Drawer

Modified Silverware Drawer

For Christmas of 2015, the wife and I bought ourselves a new set of silverware as a Christmas gift to ourselves.  The problem was, the drawer we were using for silverware didn’t really work well with the new set.  We were using some cheap plastic divider that would slide to the back of the drawer and it just didn’t fit all the pieces we bought.  This lead me on a search for a silverware drawer divider that would work, and…

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Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

I’m sure that if you’re around my age, you’ve heard of Dr. Demento, the man who discovered Weird Al Yankovic.  I used to listen to him when I was a teen and I was fortunate enough to meet him on his 20th Anniversary tour when he came to Lancaster. It was just by chance that I happened to go.  A friend had tickets and invited me to go with him.  Also by chance we happened to get seated at a…

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Why I Love Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill

Why I Love Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill

We started shopping at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill after being very disappointed in quality of service from the other grocery stores.  After writing two letters to management of one giant grocery store chain and receiving not even a reply we completely switched all our every day grocery shopping to Stauffer’s. The staff at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill stores is far more friendly helpful than any other store I’ve ever been in.  In other stores, even though we had been going…

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J.A. Henckels Knife Breaks Cutting Butter

J.A. Henckels Knife Breaks Cutting Butter

I needed some butter to add to a dish for dinner, didn’t have any in the fridge, so I got some from the freezer.  I’ve cut frozen butter with this knife dozens and dozens of times.  Tonight, apparently the butter won.  Yup, it snapped the blade of this J.A. Henckels clean off.  For it to break so cleanly there was probably a fracture in the steel that wasn’t visible. The knife set was a wedding gift, so it’s 15 years…

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