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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Garage Final Touches

The hand-split cedar shakes finally arrived from British Columbia (ordered via Build Direct).  I spent this past weekend on the ladder installing them.  I do not like heights, but I do like how this turned out.  Our house is sided with the same shakes, so this ties the garage in, architecturally, with the house. I love the look of hand-split cedar shakes, plus they need no staining, painting or maintenance.  They are strong, insect resistant and last for years.  They can also be used as a roofing material, though I prefer our forest green shingles for that.  If you have an interest in cedar shakes, go to YouTube and search "hand-split cedar shakes," and you'll find out how they are made by hand.

Note the lamp adjacent to the side door.  I wanted the capability of turning this on and off from our mud-room in the house.  I figured I'd have to lay some conduit and install 3-way switches.  But Ben Krahforst (ACT Electric, Petersburgh), who wired our garage, clued me in on wireless switches.  I ordered  a SkyLinkHome switch and receiver in the garage and a SkyLinkHome switch (programmed to "mate" to the above receiver) in the mud-room.  I ordered these from and installed them myself -- very easy.  Now we can turn that light off from either the house or inside the garage.

I also installed the Chamberlain Ultra Quiet Garage Door Opener.  I hope it's the last garage door opener I ever have to install because I've put in several and they are always fun.  I think "ultra" quiet might be a slight stretch, but this opener is much quieter than most. 

Sometime, in the coming months, I'll be making a cedar flower box.  But, the next project on the list is crawl space dehumidifiers and sump pumps.  Something about this rainy year.....

Monday, August 4, 2014

Destination Williamstown

Images Cinema - Williamstown, Mass.

We journeyed over to Williamstown again Saturday night and enjoyed a nice meal at the The Purple Pub and took in Begin Again at Images Cinema.  My Custom Pub Burger (I selected: Angus Beef, sauteed mushrooms and pepper jack cheese) was excellent.  As was the draft Brown's Cream Ale  However, I must say, Constant Companion's BLTA (applewood smoked bacon, fresh arugula, sliced tomato, aged cheddar, avocado, garlic aioli) with some of the best housemade kettle chips I've ever had was the winner -- I'll be ordering that next time.

Images Cinema, like most cinemas, shows some ads on the screen prior to the feature film.  One of them caught my eye -- Destination Williamstown.  This is a really nice website providing all kinds of event information and things to do around Williamstown.  "The creators of Destination Williamstown are a group of community members who love where we live and want to share it with the world." 

I recommend bookmarking Destination Williamstown and signing up for its e-mail newsletter.

Nice quote from Destination Williamstown's banner:
“One of the loveliest communities in New England. Williamstown, Mass., in the northwest corner of the state, is a pastoral, historic town where great art is housed in intimate settings, where academics mix with outdoorsmen, and where a weekend escape can involve everything from eavesdropping on world-famous professors in a village coffee shop to walking the northernmost reaches of the Appalachian Trail.” – The New York Times