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Good Things Come in Threes

Today was a busy day for home improvement!

The deck is finally installed, the world map has been installed (as wallpaper) and the basement window well cover has been measured.

We have been waiting for the deck approval/install since September. The HOA needed to approve the plans, the original contractor screwed up the quote and wouldn’t budge on the price, plan revisions, change of HOA board members etc, etc. Whew….glad that it is over.

The map was relatively easy….just had to find a contractor who would install the map at a reasonable price. I did a little searching on the internet and found a local guy who would install it for $95.

I need to give the wallpaper guy a plug here (just in case people are searching the internet for a wallpaper guy): Jeff Cline at Creative Wall Designs. Jeff’s website is

Thanks Jeff!

The wallpaper guy installed the map in about an hour. The lines are a little off but considering that I would have totally screwed it up, I wasn’t about to complain. The paper edges lines up fine so I will have to say that the map longitude and latitude lines are defective. Yeah, that’s it….defective.

Finally, the basement window well guy came by and quoted me a price of $350 to install the cover. This will keep the snow, rain and dirt out of the basement well. We had a leak around the window (that has since been fixed) but we are not taking any chances. The cover is guaranteed for life and will hold 550lbs. The price seems fair to us as the prices on the internet range from $250 - $400 for the cover (not including shipping or installation.

The Deck (pardon the mud, they still need to clean it up):





The Map:




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