Category Archives: Renovation

Death of the Blog

Part I: Prologue I started this blog a little over five years ago with the intention of writing about life and home renovation in Point St. Charles. It was to be a diversion from the unrelenting labour of single-handed demolition and, … Continue reading

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Mortar Bored

When you gut a house, you get to see how it’s been messed up. The carelessly notched joists, outdated wiring, crotchety plumbing, and uselessly soggy insulation are boldly on display, and the necessary fixes are usually pretty evident. If the joist sags, … Continue reading

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The Number of Electricians It Takes to Change a Light Bulb

The sorry truth is that I write a new entry in this blog when I’ve been charmed, appalled, defeated, or flushed with victory.  Clearly, my long absence suggests that it’s been a pretty dull winter. There was reason to be … Continue reading

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Chipman, NB

  The matter of the concrete pavers in the back yard was starting to look dire. I offered them to the world in the last blog, but the world responded with indifference. A listing on Craigslist produced Joe from Vermont, who … Continue reading

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Fall Offcuts

Once again I’ve been outed as a member of the advance guard in the barbarian invasion of Point St. Charles. What follows are quotations from Facebook responses to my last blog entry: He is not the only one that has bought … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Fence

The signs of my dereliction of duty to this blog are mounting. Folks are writing to ask if I’m well or if the house has collapsed or if the urban bears that terrorize Point St. Charles have eaten me. Here it … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

When I stepped out my front door a couple of days ago, it was very, very hard to believe that the vernal equinox was exactly one week away. It has been a mean winter, with record hydro bills, and countless … Continue reading

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Entr’acte

Our mean-spirited winter and my recently acquired physical debilities have made me a little more philosophical about this project. We’re now 3 ½ years into it, with no end in sight. I’m particularly conscious of this because our new neighbour … Continue reading

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Levelling the Floor: Part I

Drop a marble to the floor of an old house and it’ll probably roll a bit until it gets stuck in a cupped floorboard or a valley where a whole section of floor has sunk. The reasons for this are legion. The … Continue reading

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Rail Yard Runaround

Soon after we moved to Point St. Charles, divorce proceedings that had been in the works for years came to an end, leaving us in a precarious financial situation. We didn’t know whether to keep the house and renovate it … Continue reading

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