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Barbara Tomlinson
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Reduce, Reuse, Recluse
Reduce, Reuse, Recluse

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2017 Wrap Up: No'-As-Big-As-Medium-Year-But-Bigger-Than-Small-Year-Year
This is my 2017 wrap up post. I glanced at the report  from 2016 . 2016 was the smallest year. I didn't try to beat that record in 2017. I decided to actually go places in my car. I got my transmission rebuilt after my 1996 Honda Accord turned over 300,000 ...
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Hype the Prototype
I've challenged myself to get 50 items listed on my Etsy store by November 16 when I will have a 50% off sale on my 50th birthday. Let's do this!
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WatUR: The World's Oldest Board Game, Modurnized
I've been working on a new project all summer. I saw a video in April of Tom Scott and Irving Finkel playing an ancient board game  and I became obsessed with it. I loved the dice especially. It uses 4 dice that represent 0 or 1. You add them up. This appea...
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Hurricane Harvey is no Wilma. Now we have iPhones.
I was up until 4:30 last night riveted by the KHOU YouTube channel out of Houston. The rain bands were hammering them after Hurricane Harvey, in a configuration their meteorologist aptly described as a layer cake tipped over. I read Tweets coming in all nig...
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I can't think of a better name for a 4x4
Yesterday I saw a story on FHB about a Chicago law firm filing suit against Menards and Home Depot for selling 4x4s that are only 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". They included some tweets from people reacting to this news. I'm sort of glad I saw this hot take first becaus...
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An Ultimate Guide or Fair Warning
This morning I read an article about introverts  that basically describes the arc of my life but it's written by a white dude and somehow his superiority over figuring it out kinda irks me. This is not advice anybody else needs, dude. To assume everybody el...
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How I made a minisplit line chase out of vinyl gutter
When I decided to recaulk and repaint my lap siding I thought it was finally time to do something about this eyesore on the north side of my house. Refrigerant lines, condensation drip, and control power Because of my rigid frame construction I didn't have ...
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Regret for my Past Self: Correcting Caulk
When I built my tiny house by myself I used a Snapper Shear to cut the fiber cement siding. I love this tool because it's quiet and feels relatively safe compared to a circular saw with a fiber cement blade. But most production carpenters don't use this kin...
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Empathy for my Future Self: New and Improved Lab Entrance
I got a case of Titebond Polyurethane Fast Set Construction Adhesive in the mail two weeks ago. I was one of the first 50 people to email them after they talked about the product on the Fine Homebuilding Podcast . The shelf life on this stuff is only a year...
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