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In a previous episode, the world’s largest cat scratch post was unveiled.

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Today video of the cat post in use. Not as dynamic as I would have liked,
but the cat sensed the cameras were rolling and did not want to show off.

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Since I labor in obscurity most of the time, nothing surprises me more than the number of people
who watch my videos.

I actually got a phone call from a guy in Oklahoma a few days ago!

A few months before that a clockmaker in California called with some questions about another video.

So I guess I should follow the example of McDonalds from a few years back and put a sign on my truck: “Over 300,000 served”

Hidden Termite Trails behind 50 year old door casing

Hidden Termite Trails behind 50 year old door casing

To paraphrase the famous philosopher Forest Gump, “Repair work is like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you’re gonna get.”

People ask me what it will take to fix this or install that or finish the other thing.

My short answer is usually “I do not know”.

And the reason for uncertainty is the surprise that lurks just behind a board or
covered by siding or underneath a threshold –usually in the form of critter
damage or sometimes just ordinary dry rot or water damage.

Each repair is unique unto itself.

Twice have I waxed eloquent about Carpenter Bees.

CLICK THIS LINK or
CLICK THIS LINK.

Today’s picture reveals a slightly different problem — Termites!

A routine storm door installation became something of a major discovery in terms of
possible (expensive) pest control and abatement.

For first time in maybe fifty years, someone (me) pulled the trim casing off this
door frame and what to my wondering eyes appeared but a significant number of
termite tunnels.

Naturally the desired outcome for a “simple job” this is NOT.

Unfortunately howsomeever, such aggravations WILL frequently occur with houses old or new.

Such is the way of all repairs.

Step #1 Remove Interior Casing

Step #1 Remove Interior Casing

Step #2 Remove existing sash and liner

Step #2 Remove existing sash and liner

Step #3 Unwrap and insert new sash and liner

Step #3 Unwrap and insert new sash and liner

Step #4 Screw new liner to frame

Step #4 Screw new liner to frame

Reattach trim casing

Reattach trim casing

Vinyl Replacement Windows- the 21st Century solution to the endless maintenance
of the putty glazed 12 lite wood sash of yesteryear.

Easy to clean from inside,just tilt the sash down for quick access to the outside glass.

Easy to repair, just remove the entire sash by releasing two upper and lower pins.

Easy on the utility bills, the furnace and Air Conditioner run less and cool more with
double insulated glass.

No paint, no putty, no hard-to-open, hard-to-close operation in humid weather.

Definitely an innovation for any homeowner to consider.