[HOUSE AND HOLMES] The Condition of Air

As a kid I played outside in the summer heat for hours, but now I insist on remaining cool at all times. I know, my kids never think that I am “cool,” but I...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] Sink, Sank, Sunk

Whatever the etymology, I know there is no upbeat meaning for the word “sink.” People sink in quicksand … Leo and Kate sink while Celine sings about the Titanic … stock prices sink when...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] Electrickery

I don’t think there has been an automobile in our garage since the Ford Model A in 1928. Thanks to temperate California weather and our limited basement and attic storage, our garage has become...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Window Pains

Traffic around Los Angeles keeps getting worse, and with all of that crazy traffic comes a never-ending thruway of noise. We live on one of those streets that everyone now uses as a shortcut...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] WI-FI ID-IoT

  Today technology and home improvement go hand in hand. I can’t wait for my “smart house” to go online, but until that happens, I have an issue with my IoT—Internet of Things. So...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] In Hot Water

I am constantly in hot water when it comes to fixing anything around the house, but this month I was literally out of hot water. Our water heater used to be a tank that...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Gone Buggy

I hate bugs. Maybe not all bugs. Ladybugs seem nice enough, but spiders, fleas, cockroaches and especially termites really piss me off. Termites serve no purpose except to taunt me by eating their way...