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Painting and Updating: Wood Paneling

At some point in my home’s history — the owner thought wood paneling would be a nice update. Over the years, many old houses have had their plaster walls covered with inexpensive wood paneling. The reasoning is simple…it is inexpensive! However, wood paneling has…

Colorado: 2 Day Backpacking Trip 2018

This September 2018, me and my father wanted a nice 2 day backpacking trip while I was visiting Colorado. I wanted to get my boots on the famous CDT as well as see some amazing viewpoints. Trip Summary: Our chosen route involved traveling 6…

6 Quotes for Environmental Motivation

Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy a good quote. Much like a perfect song — a quote can seem like it is meant to be said at a certain place and a certain time. “If you violate nature‚Äôs laws you are your…

Concrete Countertops: Over Laminate Countertops

My pantry has several cabinets and a small section of countertop. Mainly I use this space for growing indoor plants and storing food. The countertops are extremely outdated laminate; which unfortunately extends up as the area’s backsplash. I wanted a project that would cost…

Costa Rica operates on 100% Clean Energy for 300 days!

An entire country’s electrical generation operating for 300 days solely on a mixture of hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy! That is very exciting and proves that developing nations see major value in clean energy investments. This type of forward thinking activism will…

Red River Gorge: Kentucky Backpacking

This past labor day weekend, I decided to take a little jaunt down to Kentucky to do some backpacking. Red River Gorge is located in the Daniel Boone National forest and has some great hiking trails, stone arches, and natural rock climbing sites. There…

Iceland: Hiking Glymur Falls

Before heading to Iceland, i did a lot of research on epic local hiking trails. My travel companions had very limited hiking experience but they were all athletic. I needed a trip that was strenuous but also safe for novice trekkers. Glymur Falls continuously…

Re-purposing an old workbench into a kitchen island

Rental property number 3 had a major kitchen countertop issue! Its countertop space was extremely limited and I was looking for a way to make it more suitable for cooking. I didn’t want to invest a ton in this project and decided the only…

Insulating Hot Water Pipes

Your home’s hot water needs to travel from the tank to various locations throughout your house. In my case; I have copper pipes, but this is also applicable to Pex or C-PVC piping. During the water traveling process, heat moves from the inside of…

Adding Insulation in Rental Properties

Most of our rental properties have little to no insulation. Many of these houses were bought from typical “slum lords” that cared as much about their tenants as they did about the squirrels living in the attic. Our investment strategy is simple. Give people…

Utilizing Wasted Space: Attic Facelift

Old houses often come with rooms that are difficult to use. Strange layouts, low ceilings, and quirky entrances can equal a lot of wasted space. This is exactly what I found in my third floor attic area. It quickly became my “box” room. The…

Finally: An Affordable Indoor Air Quality Monitor!

Each month I will try to introduce a new “tool” for creating a healthier, more efficient, or more sustainable home. Today, I will outline my Foobot IAQ Sensor! Summary: An Indoor Air Quality sensor will help you visualize how healthy your home is. I…