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An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 16: Howard and Kristen’s First Non-Date

Saturday, September 1, 2018
  My wife Kristen is the chief decorator, furnisher and planner of our home and it’s her attention to detail including the wall colors, plumbing fixtures, kitchen design, room layout, bath design, cabinetry, furniture, area rugs, artwork, switchplates… and much more, that really...

Break Me Off a Piece of That…..!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
We’ve all had those “A-Ha” moments when a solution to a problem pops in our head at some random time, usually when you’re not even thinking about it, or some random song comes on the radio that you’ve heard a 1000x and it’s driving you nuts that you can’...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 15: Woodwork Part 3, Mathematical Challenges

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
As I got into the middle of writing about our doors and millwork I realized that I could probably turn this part of our home construction story into its own series.  But I really want to finish this tale about the woodwork and move-on to my continuously growing list of other topics.  So, h...

Are Your Eyes Playing Tricks on You?

Monday, July 16, 2018
  Imagine you are driving along and you come upon this (without the pedestrians): Do you slam on your brakes?  Do you slow down? Or ignore it because you are accustomed to it since it is the 100th time you have seen it? 3-D crosswalks are used in China (pictured above), India, I...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 14: Woodwork Part 2, Order and Schedules

Monday, July 2, 2018
The week passed with no contact from Fred the fancy lumber guy.  I was juggling the electrician, the plumber, the carpenter, the antennae/audio/IT crew, the hardwood floor guy, the tile guy, the insulation guys, and still finding time to work at the Joliet office with a trip here and there to o...


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