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fixing old things

Brick hearth in place

DIY brick hearth!

The fireplace in the study is currently in disuse, but it deserves to be a standout feature. And since we’re getting a heat pump installed inside it this month, it was urgent that we clean it up and make it useable.  Continue reading »

Flat File Rehab

Flat filed

What’s grey and weighs over three hundred pounds? This guy. The flat file.

I mainly hear them described as “map drawers” or “plan drawers” — I think “flat file” is what they get called in American — because duh, they get used for storing maps, plans, and anything else that comes in large, flat sheets.  Continue reading »