A number of years ago, I had started this site, but a number of issues drove me to disable it, mostly due to spammers. Maybe this time around, I'll have better luck keeping the nasties from the door.
I was raised on the outskirts of a major city, on a 4-acre plot of land that quickly became devoted mostly to gardening, spoiling me forever for anything but fresh veggies. And since my father wanted us to know how to do things for ourselves, nearly all of the revonation work done on the old house there was accomplished without the need for outside contractors. My brother and I were Dad's more-or-less compliant helpers, learning the basics and stashing away an enormous amount of useful experience for the future.