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Some Home Improvement Projects

02 Mar

Check out the upstairs toilet and plumbing replacement/repair project. I had never done copper plumbing work before, but it’s all dry! Today marks the beginning of the next project – kitchen pantry.

 
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Skiing and Snowboarding

02 Mar

Last week, we took the boys to go skiing and snowboarding for the very first time. Steph and I hadn’t been skiing in about 15 years, so we were pretty rusty too. After having the boys attend ski school, they really enjoyed the new activity and have asked to go back again soon. Here are some photos from the short trip.

 
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A Trip to Snoqualmie Falls

02 Feb

 
 

Sweatin’ a Joint

02 Feb

I’ve done lots of home improvement in my time. I’ve done framing, electrical, repairs, etc. But the one trade I’ve not really done before is plumbing.

There’s lots of plumbing that I’ve done like install/repair faucets and sinks, install/repair toilets, install/repair sprinklers and PVC, etc. But I’ve not done the mother of them all – copper plumbing. That is until now.

Recently I had a simple, small repair to take care of in the upstairs bathroom. It actually started as simply turning off the supply valve to the toilet to check out a problem. After turning off the supply value (behind the toilet), I noticed a small leak from the end of the valve handle. No problem…all I need to do is replace the value. Done it many times before. Off comes the toilet to allow enough room to work on the value. I installed a new valve and there was a very slow leak at the compression fitting.

Next step would be to cut a 2′ x 2′ opening in the drywall and test my skills at replacing some copper plumbing. Nothing to worry about since I’ve seen this done many times before on TV and in magazines. It looks pretty simple – clean, flux, heat, solder, done. But let me be the first to admit that it is more difficult than it looks. The only thing that makes it a challenge that’s worth pursuing is to start the job for the first time at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday with the hardware store closing and kids needing to get ready to go to bed. Let’s just say, there was added pressure to complete this “simple” task.

Opening the wall

In the end, I put together the shoddiest solder joint you’d ever seen and was very worried that it may not hold. But, with persistence, determination, confidence and a disapproving wife, I was able to pull it off. Two hours and no leaks. (fingers still crossed.)

Joints 1 & 2 Joint 3

I’m looking forward to trying to do this again in the future, but probably on a less important part of the house and with more time and supplies.

I realize now why it’s called sweating a joint. Cause I was really sweating!!!

No leaks

 
 

Our First Trip to Seattle

01 Feb

 
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Discovering the Truth

03 Jan

1. There is no such thing as win-win. Someone will lose; you just haven’t identied them in your analysis.
2. You cannot save your way to wealth. But you can save your way to financial freedom.
3. Macro ecomonics can be explained by way of a good poker analogy.

 

Boys’ Photo Gallery

25 Dec

Pictures of the happy boys on Christmas morning!

Brandon 2008

Brandon 2008

Ryan 2008

Ryan 2008

Ethan 2008

Ethan 2008

 
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A Winter Video from Meg

24 Dec

Shortly after the our friends moved to Colorado, their daughter Meg, recorded this video to share with friends showing the difference between Texas and Colorado.

 
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Operation Holiday Escape – Part III

22 Dec

 
 

Operation Holiday Escape – Part II

22 Dec