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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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How to Prune Plum Trees

We have this plum tree for about 3 years.  It has grown doubled in size!  The branches are getting bushy and it's ready for a good trim.  Dave bought the Fiskars extendable tree pruner and gave our tree a nice and much needed trim!  




Fiskars is a great reputable brand of scissors and gardening tools.  We hope that this will last for a long time!  

We did some research about trimming trees.  Basically, the color of the branches tells us if the branch is a new growth or not.  Greener is new growths.  By trimming off the green part, hopefully the tree is healthier and produce more fruits!  







Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it! 


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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How to Repair Chair Vinyl Leather

We have this office chair at home for many years.  It's comfortable and still in great operational condition.  However, the vinyl leather started to come off.  The chair is still good so we don't want to just throw it away.  However, we need a solution to fix the flaky leathers.  The flakes are actually making a mess everywhere.  



So, we found these leather patches on Amazon and thought we would give it a try.  It's about $12 for 2 12x24 inches sheets.

The tricky part is the arm rest.  In order to make it nice, Dave took the arm rest off from the chair, put leather patch adhesive on and then put the arm rest back.  It's quick and simple.  The simple DIY project took about 20 mins.   



The only thing is we didn't quite match the color of the chair.  But that's ok for us.  We are glad that the chair will last longer now!





Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it! 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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How to Trim and Level Chair Legs

The chairs for our dining set is getting old.  After searching for a good set for our home, couldn't quite find the one we like as much as this old set.  Thankfully, my mom's friend was having a house renovation and getting rid of the furniture.  We got 4 dining chairs from them.  The chairs seem to match our home very well.  Only problem is, the chairs are too tall for our dining table.  So, Dave trimmed the legs and now they are perfect!

In this project, most important thing is to make sure all the chair legs are trimmed evenly and leveled among all the chairs.  A jig is made for this purpose.  Then, Dave used the circular saw to cut the legs.

1.  Measure how much to trim off from the chair legs.  For us, we want to trim 2.5 inches off.

2.  Measure the space between the blade of the circular saw to the edge.  This helps to know where to put the edge on the jig.  In our case, it's 1 inch.

3.  Make the jig using some scape wood.  Make where the circular saw needs to go along.  Secure a edge with clamps.


4.  Once the jig is ready.  Then, it's time to cut!  Secure the clamp on one side the chair legs using grip clamps.




5.  Run the circular saw along the edge.




6.  If needed, cut the legs off using a hand saw.  In our case, the circular saw blade is not thick enough for the chair leg wood.  So, we needed to finish cutting by a hand saw.

7.  Sand the legs.




8.  Put chair legs protector on. 




9.  Done!





Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it!