How to break in a baseball glove.

How to break in a baseball glove.  (This also works for an older glove that hasn’t been used in awhile.) If your kids are playing youth baseball, it’s about that time of year to get your equipment ready for action. The most important piece of equipment of course is going to be his or her... Read more »

What to do when your iPod goes through the washing machine.

My son’s iPod touch ran through a cycle in the washing machine. Full cycle, swishing around in the water logged pocket of a pair of school pants. For 38 minutes. Here is how I proceeded……. 1. Freaked out. 2. Told my son how he’s going to have to learn to converse with the family again... Read more »

Choosing the right garbage disposal.

If you’ve ever been shopping for a garbage disposal, you know that there are quite a few different options and the price range is wide. Here is a guide to choosing the right garbage disposal. First off, let’s call it what is should be called. The entire general population refers to these sink mounted blenders... Read more »
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A Handy Dad Project: How to make a hanging shadow box.

DIY Hanging Shadow Box Project One of the greatest ways to spend time with your kids is to pull out the tool box and work on a project. Here is a project that you can finish in less than one hour, doesn’t take a bunch of fancy tools, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and... Read more »

Keep your marriage hot with this grout hack.

Hey guys (and girls), I know we are always looking for ways to please our mate, and over the years, I know at least three things around the house that make my wife a much happier cohabitant to be around. I’d like to share. Here they are in no particular order, and a home hack... Read more »

Ice Melter Cage Match. Rock Salt vs. Calcium Chloride.

There is a cold war still going on. It’s a long standing rivalry, that has to be settled. Who is the king of the ice melters? Let’s throw them into the cage and have a good old fashioned rasslin’ match to find out. In the blue corner, long standing ice control stand by, and part... Read more »

Blogapalooza-Hour: Gold Coast Ghost Story

The most interesting thing about my job in construction is meeting new people. The second most interesting thing is being able to see where they live. Most of the time the people are more exciting than where they live.  A lot of homes that I go into now are auditioning for the cover of the... Read more »

An Open Letter To The Bearded Men of Chicago, and How to Clear a Clogged Drain.

Open Letter To The Bearded Men of Chicago: Please stop clogging all the bathroom sink drains in the city. I know that while you are working on your stubble, picking up hipster chicks at The Empty Bottle is on your mind, not the P-trap under the vanity. It’s easy to not think about the implications of... Read more »

Dry air is not only uncomfortable it's damaging your home.

During our notorious Chicago winters, the dry air in our homes is pretty unbearable.  It’s known to dry out nasal passages and cause a variety of health problems, but did you know that the dry air can also damage your home? It’s true.  Dry air causes those extra squeaky spots and splitting in your hardwood... Read more »

To paint or not to paint? Prepping your home to sell in today's real estate market.

The Sunday after Super Bowl is typically known in the Real Estate World as opening day, and if you are going to participate in the Spring selling season, you are going to want your house to stand out to attract as many potential buyers as possible. I thought this would be a good time to... Read more »