I went to go remove the P-trap under the “blue bathroom” sink, to clear out a clog and fix a slow drain. In the process of unscrewing the nut (which appeared to be original ’57), it disintegrated. “Oh well, I’ll just need to go pick up another P-trap and parts.” The sink tailpiece virtually dropped […]

Looks like I spoke too soon.

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It looks like I spoke too soon. Green Landscaping and Lawn Service was quck to return my initial phone call and setup service, but failed in everything after that. They didn’t show up on Friday the 4th to mow as scheduled. When I called them that evening around 5:30pm to inquire, I was told “you’re […]

Finally!

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I *finally* got someone to return my call about setting up lawn service. I recommend Green Landscaping and Lawn Service if you want a quick response and great prices. Some of the companies who neglected to return a phone call: Champion’s Lawn & Landscape Houston Lawn Maintenance Clean Cut Lawn & Landscape Padron Landscaping Fancy […]

What does it take?

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I’m finding it almost impossible to find someone other than ABC Pest & Lawn (who charge an arm and a leg and don’t offer flexibility of schedule) to mow my lawn. Any suggestions for a cheap and decent lawn service in Houston?

Long-overdue update…

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I’ve not written here in a while; we’ve been busy with house things (finally sold our Austin home) and celebrating our first year in Houston.  I’ll be updating more reguarly from now on. Among other things, I’m now the second result when you search for “Live Better Electrically” on Google.

I had to come home from work yesterday when Amy called and said “we have a roof leak.” Got home, and saw this. Water damage to some of the old paneling on the outside wall, but no problems at all to the ceiling, which was very baffling. We figured that we had a roof leak. […]

Bad luck with doors

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Ever since we moved in here, the master bedroom door hasn’t closed well. Sometimes you’d have to shut it a couple of times before the bolt would latch; sometimes you’d have to pull upwards on the knob after closing it before it would latch. This was a combination of an original strike plate, a replacement […]

Another Great Resource

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The Houston Architecture Info Forum is a great resource for fans of modern architecture in this town, specifically the Houston Mod subforum. There’s also a Houston Mod web site.

I found this on the garage wall, painted over and dark with 48 years of tarnish. Twenty minutes of scrubbing later (click for bigger/other pictures), we have: After some Internet searching, I found details here: To keep demand high, the electrical industry launched the Live Better Electrically, or LBE, campaign in March 1956. It was […]

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