Tip of the Month: March
Create a Mini Greenhouse: Resue a plastic container from the salad bar as a mini greenhouse for starting seeds in the spring. After washing the container, punch a few holes in the top. Fill the bottom with potting soil and plant your seeds. Close the lid and place the container in a sunny spot. It acts like a mini greenhouse, allowing the sun to reach the plants while holding in moisture. (Family Handyman)
W.A. Coolidge Company
W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners for over 30 years. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
A renovated dining area to go with the kitchen we had renovated, featuring custom built columns and open shelving. (Rye, NH)
Written by: Wayne Coolidge
Over the past few months, I have run into some people that I have not seen for a while. Each one shared a similar sentiment – “I love reading your newsletter articles, they’re so funny”. I am glad my stories are enjoyed, but that puts a lot of pressure on me to keep finding humorous anecdotes. But sometimes, they just find me.
Last Friday I was replacing the s-trap in a client’s vanity drain because it was leaking. If you are not familiar with an s-trap, or a p-trap, it is the U-shaped pipe at the bottom of your drain. Water remains in this portion of the pipe and ‘traps’ the methane gases (sewer smells) from being emitted from the drain. I carefully disconnected the nuts on each end of the s-trap, slowly moved the pipe out from under the sink, and maneuvered it over the sink. I was so proud of myself for not spilling a drop. I proceeded to empty the contents of the pipe into the sink and down the drain. Yes, the same drain which I had just disconnected, and was holding in my hand…
The Friday before that, I was doing interior demolition of a wall that had ¾” tongue and groove pine on both sides. On the bedroom side of the wall, which is where I began, the pine ran from floor to ceiling. I carefully cut a horizontal line halfway up the wall with my skilsaw, set at a depth to just cut the pine and not any wires or pipes hidden in the unseen wall cavities. I had no issues and quickly was able to remove the t&g wall covering. Once that pine was removed, I noticed the pine on the other side of the wall was installed horizontally, so I would need to make a series of vertical cuts from the ceiling to the floor to easily remove that pine. There were no wires or pipes in the way, and it was just as easy to stay in the bedroom to make the cuts, so I grabbed my sawsall, installed a new 9” blade, and proceeded. Since I was only cutting thru ¾” pine again, about 8+ inches of my blade protruded through the wall on the other side. No big deal, easy peasy. I made the cuts in no time and then proceeded to kick the pine off the wall studs. That was when I saw my lunchbox. I had cut through the top of it, down the side, through my water bottle, and across the bottom.
If there is ever a Friday that lands on the 13th, or I walk across the path of a black cat, I’m just going to stay home.
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