BudgetHouse Renovator

Don’t Fall Off The Roof

Fear Of Roofs I don’t like working on roofs. My real fear started when I contracted a job in California. It involved the repair of a wood shingle roof on an older home. That type of shingle requires breathing from the underside and the framing procedure does not allow the use of plywood to cover the rafters. Open slats are installed with spacing 6″ to 8″ apart. Wood shingles swell when wet to seal against leaks, and must dry out after the rain. I started to remove […]

DIY Molding Tips and Tricks

Who Is The DIY Homeowner I have often wondered what the typical Do-It-Yourself homeowner is like. If it is you, what do you know how to do or expect from your self-directed efforts? What percentage of you know how to make nice fitting trim joints?? How many homeowners can’t afford to hire someone else to do a job and windup taking on the task themselves? I started life as a homeowner who had no experience as a contractor or as a fix-it-myself aficionado. But I was a […]

Ugly,Ugly Walls In Your House

What’s An Ugly Wall? I bought a house with ugly walls. One bedroom has screws showing in the ceiling and drywall joint tape peeling off the walls. It has no drywall in the closet and studs showing. For the time being, it has been turned into the bird room where my wife keeps her 2 Conjures (Parrot-like birds). The house originally had the pathetic looking laundry room right next to the master bedroom. The texture finish on the walls was awful and the ceiling was just as […]

The Budgethouse Purchase: Lease Options

California Heyday During the late 80’s, I was involved in a couple of partnerships. They were set up to buy real estate properties in California during one of the boom times in that state. House prices were increasing at the rate of 2 to 5% per month in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. It was a crazy time that seemed to go on forever. Great for selling but really difficult for those who wanted to buy. Especially when many people were losing their ability to […]

The Budgethouse Purchase: VA Foreclosures

Inspiration Veterans Administration (VA) foreclosed homes were part of a world I knew nothing about. At least while living in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area in the early 70’s. We were living in an apartment, and were desperately trying to make ends meet. One day I answered an ad placed by a real estate broker who specialized in managing, repairing, and selling homes foreclosed on by the VA Real Estate Owned (REO) department. It was a fortuitous meeting since the economy was starting a slow downturn. Being […]

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La Cucaracha Operatives

The Iconic Bug Infestation I read an article in NOLA.com , the New Orleans information site, that stated the […]


The Art Of Cyber Crime

Equifax Conundrum This morning I received notice from the Equifax Breach Settlement Administrator informing me of the following: “In […]



The Excalibur 5000

This poem was created as a response to a writing assignment given by the moderator in the Writer’s Group […]