Things I've learned about renos:

Just enough to trip in over my head
The 1910s were a bad decade for electrical design
Those rubber washers between the toilet tank and bowl are indeed necessary
Electrical field detectors are quack science
(either that, or my ancient plaster ceiling is some kind of miracle conductor)
Once a month running the dehumidifier in the basement is not enough to save
your tent that you left on top of the freezer not even thinking of mold
Home inspections are like lottery tickets, but more expensive.
It helps to have a husband cooking the meals when you're covered in plaster

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

Who has storage space to spare? My ideal mitre saw stand would be something that can be folded up or knocked down for compact stable storage. I like the extruded side support extensions of the Sawhelper model, rather than rollers which would provide spotty support, but I would want the side extensions to be sturdy enough for heavy jobs, so I’d use thicker cast aluminum -- instead of extruded -- with a machined work surface for smooth gliding of stock. I’d design in a network or grid of cutouts in each side extension’s surface to reduce weight. I’d have the side-extensions each designed with a rail along the length featuring built in measuring tape and multiple quick release stops that could be flipped out of the way for one job and back in place for the next. Nothing would be made of wood. My storage is not that dry, and I don’t want issues of warp, rot, or splintering. I like the idea of Ryobi’s quick releasing crossbar mounts with feet on them to allow the saw to be popped easily out of the table assembly and used on it’s own

Re: Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

What about condensation rot between the impermeable 1.5" foamboard on the outside and the impermeable sprayfoam on the inside?

I've been trying to figure out what to do with my open porch cieling, over which my upper floor overhangs. The old cement has come off the lath in this outdoor ceiling, and I was going to put up some 5/8" firestop drywall against the exposed lath, and then a layer of 1.5" foam board and then some pine tongue and groove. But I don't know how airtight the eaves of the porch are, and I'm afraid of moisture condensing between the drywall and the foamboard.