Hanley’s Old House, Episode 2

James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Patrick says:

    It’s the hammock on which I famously fell flat on my back on our (concrete) porch), with my infant daughter #1 on top of me, when the hook pulled out of the house.


    In addition to having similar home repair war stories, I have an air chair that once pulled out of the ceiling crossbeam at the old house and dumped me 3′ directly on my tailbone when Jack was in my lap. He was a toddler, not an infant, but otherwise….Report

  2. Brandon Berg says:

    Didn’t read it because the front page blurb didn’t tell me exactly how many items you found in the utility room and call out one specific item by number.Report

  3. aaron david says:

    I wish I lived near you just so I could come over and help. As I am back to being a renter now, I miss projects like these.
    As you mentioned AC, make sure whomever you talk to understands proper duct sizing, as that can make all the difference in how energy efficient it is, and how well it cools the spaces.Report

    • Patrick in reply to aaron david says:

      Here in SoCal, you typically want to insulate your ducting, too, since your attic is typically pretty open and hot as blazes.Report

      • Aaron david in reply to Patrick says:

        Where James is you also want to insulate for winter lose. And as they often have good basements that would be more efficient than an attic.Report

      • James Hanley in reply to Patrick says:

        I insulated the heat ducts in my basement. It used to be the warmest place in the house in winter, which was pretty useless since it’s just a storage area. Now I get more of that heat in the living areas.Report

  4. North says:

    Ah Hammocks. I’ve always admired them conceptually from a distance. They look so comfy hanging from a post or a tree. I’m sure laying in them must be pleasant on a warm sunny day. Unfortunately in native Nova Scotia the clouds of bugs in the summer are so vile they’d carry you and your hammock away that I’m pretty sure hammocks are just used as decoration there. Now that I live in the city there’s nowhere to hang one.Report

  5. Damon says:

    Ah the joys of home ownership….

    We the ex and I moved into our single family house, the kitching was painted yellow with battleship grey trim. Ugh. We decided to have some painting done and finally selected a paint with sand in it. It was reddish and looked awesome. Took three coats for the sand to get smoothed out and look even but, to this day, I still love it. We painted an adjoining room green and the combo worked excellently. The ceiling was painted a white with some blue in it to reflect more light. The place was an ocean of light and it was wonderfull to cook in it.Report