A Series of Renovation Mysteries


“The Case of the Disappearing Tape Measure”

“The Mysterious Meow: The Cat That Got Trapped Under the Floor”

“Out of Square: The House That Shifted in Six Dimensions”

“Wedged for Eternity: The Case of the Immovable Cut Nail”

“Plastered: The Case of the Never-Ending Dust Cloud”

“The Junction Box Puzzle”

“Off Center: The Holes That Refused to Align”

“The Case of the Elusive Electrician”

“A Bathtub in the Foyer”

“Here There Be Bats”

“Charged but Never Delivered: An Online Order Nightmare”

“Cardboard: The Case of the Ersatz Litterbox”

“The Plywood that Flipped Mid-Measure”

“Death by Dropping: The Two-Story Fall of an Adjustable Square”

“Raiders of the Lost Arc: The Buried Live Wire”

“A Ceiling to the Head”

“Shift This: The Case of the 500 Lb. Bathtub”

“The Enigma Switch”

“Broken Lead: Every Pencil”

“The Mysterious Massive Bruise”

“Skeletons in the Interstices”

“Copper: A Puzzling Labyrinth of Piping”

“The Cat That Chewed Romex”

“Weekend Nightmare: A Visit to the Home Center”

“The Case of the Crap in the Attic”

“There Will Be Blood”

“The Leftover Fasteners: It’s a Mystery”

“Wires to Nowhere”

“A Rustling Behind Walls”

“Mold: A Terrifying Tale of Old Drywall”

“The Trash Pile That Wouldn’t Stop Growing”

“Splintered: The Case of the Overworked Tweezers”

“Still Live: The Case of an Original Gas Line”

“Impossible: A Tale of OSB Optimization”

“The Case of the Always-Dead Batteries”

“WTF: A Whodunnit of Former Owners”

“The Not-So-Mysterious Death of a Bank Account”

“The Girl Who Bit Off More Than She Could Chew: A Cautionary Tale”

“The Legend of the Finished Renovation”

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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14 Responses to A Series of Renovation Mysteries

  1. J.C. says:

    LMAO! You haven’t lost your sense of humor yet. Now I know you’ll be fine. The cats are all accounted for and you are still upright with your hands on the till. Keep at it, woman. I am in awe.

  2. greenwooddl says:

    This too shall pass! (Not as quickly as one might like.) Coragio!

    Best wishes, David Greenwood


  3. Michael Davis-Cheshire says:

    Tragic comedies. Funny, and yet condolences seem mandatory.

  4. pogo930 says:

    I live in the house I grew up in. My father did all of the original “renovations” which I have subsequently re-renovated. His favorite saying was “it will last as long as I live”. In his later years I pointed out that he should be dead since I remembered him fixing whatever with those words. To say the least he was not amused. The scary part is so many of those titles fit.

  5. Don’t forget – “The Breaker Labeled ‘Basement’ that turns off the light in the Attic”.

  6. Dave Reedy says:

    Lovely finished Tudor for sale on Belmont up in College Hill. (Insert evil laugh.)

  7. ctdahle says:

    When you get this all done and you have your shop in order, and your study similarly set to rights, I have no doubt you will settle in with a suitable uisge beatha and pen a delightful memoir. Your blog is fun reading, but I suspect I am not the only one waiting for the book.

  8. alanws says:

    I’d read any or all of those titles.

  9. Dave O'Neill says:

    That is a list any DIY person can relate to. Great list!

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