Monthly Archives: March 2013

A return to the heyday of the legendary Potato Shooter from the 1990’s!

This time the food of choice— MARSHMALLOWS!

Yes! But real shooters still need a real source of power.

Say, something along the lines of a homemade paintball shooter
that fires snack food!

So I tinker with a compressed air version, but have yet to design a portable
tube tank to replace the messy compressor air hose connection.

Stay tuned.



Here at Handyman Blog we love to talk about balustrades (CLICK LINK HERE),
their design, their construction, their layout… so naturally it was hard not to
admire the vintage circular mezzanine balustrade in the lobby of Hill Hall at
the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill when attending a concert this week.

A sturdy example of Victorian Era workmanship with perfect symmetrical balusters
assembled on a continuous circular curve around the entresol opening at the
building’s main Entrance Lobby directly attached to the music auditorium.

There is every reason to believe this handrail has seen continuous service since it was
first installed over a century ago.




By popular demand another trip in the Wayback Machine….

From my voluminous archives, pictures of a completely destroyed bathroom floor.

In this bathroom from the good old days witness how water seeped under the toilet
over many years and patiently consumed the various floor layers- subfloor, finish
underlayment and even tile adhesive to the point where only the pipe flange
prevented a sudden catastrophic collapse into the crawlspace below.

At the shower head, the same situation prevailed. Water leaked from pipe joints
down the bathtub edge and slowly dissolved a semi-circular section of floor until
it was unsafe to step into the bathtub!

When I stripped away all the old tile the extent of the damage was clearly visible.
No problem. Replacement subfloor and new underlayment made a sound surface
for a nice hard surface tile floor.

Modern installation techniques have changed, but the problem of rotted bathroom
floors require constant vigilance in any age!

Do not wait until your floors are as badly rotted as this floor from yesteryear!