Sunday, July 6, 2008

Electric & Manufacturing building

This is the old Electric & Manufacturing building. It is currently home to ChemImage. Notice some more framing around the windows. The below picture has some nice details above the windows.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Window Treatment

Another Pittsburgh Building. I shot these two picture just for the window details. Same building, Lower and upper windows. Also note the half brick pattern below the window in the above picture.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Flynn Building

OK. There is alot to se in this pic. Start with the door trim. Then you have the window tops with the Keystone, Arch and Diamond. Next we have the rectangular stones between the aches framed with brick. and finally check out the framed rectangles between the window. I would have hated to have been the mason on brick layer on this job. P.S. Note a couple of repair spots on the first picture.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Windows details

Check out the window details on this building. Note the brick work and fancy Keystone on the lower windows. The upper windows are framed nicely too. But the coolest thing is that ledge. This picture turned out rather nice considering it was shot out of a moving car.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Laundry

This is a really cool building. Check out the diamond pattern right above the lettering. Note the way the windows are framed out too. The appliance building next to it has some nice window arches too.

Friday, June 27, 2008

City Vacuum

This is a picture of the City Vacuum building in Pittsburgh. I'll bet you never would have guessed. Note the brick arches. Just a nice detail.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pittsburgh Buildings

On a recent trip to Pittsburgh I noticed a lot of really cool buildings. They had some real nice architectural aspects to them. I will post a different picture/feature over the next few weeks. Check out this archway and the use of the Keystone at the top.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Outhouse pictures

Well I haven't posted recently for no good reason. Todays post has to do with Outhouses. I found this website that is dedicated to outhouses. It has a nice gallery with pictures of numerous outhouses. Click here to go directly to the Outhouse Gallery of Don Ponder.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter

So tomorrow is Easter. My wife asked my son to help her get out the Easter decorations this week. Well Boys will be Boys. He set the Bunnies out in front of the house. One of the neighbors down the street called to ask why we were promoting pornography in our front yard. You know what the say, "If you can't take a joke......."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dying eggs

Another Punography entry for you. Its Easter week so I thought that this picture was only fitting. What more can I say.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pinstriping Made Easy

Well I was bored a couple weeks ago and decided to Pinstripe the back of an old guitar. I bought a Pinstriping Mask from . I followed the instructions provided, used4 different colors of One Shot paint a proceeded to pinstripe. In doing this I felt it would be an opportune time to develop an Instructable guide on how to do it. You can view the complete project how to here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sexy Button

I'm having a tough time finding something to post about today. So I thought I would post a picture of this button. What more can I say. This Blogging is hrader than it looks.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Uptown Mikes

Another Hot Dog place. Remember my previous post on the Dam Dogs? Well I found another Dog place in Bremerton, Wa. Uptown Mikes. NY Hot Dogs with Attitude? I wonder if they bite back. It looked like it might be a seasonal place as it was near a marina and there were no boats in the marina. I didn't get a chance to stop and try one but next time I'm in town I will.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

I was out of town most of the week in Bremerton, Wa. During my visit I stumbled upon this sculpture honoring Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 100 years of service. Now normally this won't excite me all that much except than I noticed the engraving on the propeller blades. It was pretty amazing. The statue in front is life size so you can get an idea of the size of the prop. You really need to look at the high resolution photos to get a real appreciation for the details. More info on Puget Sound Naval Shipyard can be found by following the link.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Other White Meat

My son is heading on spring break today and is going to take it with him to wear on the beach. So, doing a little research I find that Wikipedia defines Spring Break as a week-long recess from studying in early spring at universities and schools. A little more research shows the history of spring break as follows, It seems to have started out innocently enough. The Colgate University swim coach was worried that his team might get out of shape during Christmas break in 1934 when a student’s father suggested the team train at a big new city pool in in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Word started to spread among college students that the city was a great place to visit in the spring. The New York Times has a real nice historical time line on spring break here. So you kids on Spring Break, be careful out there.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Rustic Outhouse

I don't care who you are, this thing is coool. It has got to be one of the nicest outhouse I ever saw. Talk about being built like a Brick S**t house. They have some nice looking stuff on this website. Just look at the beams below. Not a lot to the website but I'm impressed. Visit them at

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Hoover Dam

I went on a business trip in the fall of last year to Las Vegas. While I was out there I had to visit the Hoover Dam. What an Engineering marvel it is. When you think about when it was built it is simply amazing. All manual labor. If you ever get to Vegas I suggest a trip to the Dam, it's well worth it. And if you do don't forget to get yourself a Dam Dog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Corn Crib Restaurant

The Corn Crib was one of my favorite restaurants to go to. They never tried to lie about the quality of their food. Their service was below average and their prices were a little high. What more could you ask for. At least they had a top notch advertising team working for them. Needless to say they went out of business a few years ago and dinner out has never been the same.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hillary Special

What a great picture. I saw this on the web today and just had to post it on my site. If the sign is hard to read click on the title to jump to the original poster, Nick Scipio. I'm sitting here waiting to hear the outcome of todays race, hoping it will be the end of Hillary.

Monday, March 3, 2008

My Snow Plow

Just thought I would post a picture of my snow plow. This is made from an old front tine rototiller, a tractor plow blade and some tractor tires. I can use the rototiller in the garden in the spring and summer. Come the winter I remove the tines and replace them with the wheels, then bolt on the plow to the frame of the tiller. To operate I just use the tiller controls to power it in forward or reverse. It does well in a light snow up to an inch or two but a deep snow will cause the wheels to spin.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Remember the Alamo

The Battle of the Alamo took place at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas in February and March 1836. The 13-day battle started Tuesday, February 23, 1836, and ended Sunday, March 6, 1836, with the capture of the mission and the death of nearly all the defenders. As a result of this battle, the the Mexican Army was stalled allowing Sam Houston to gather troops and supplies for his later success at the Battle of San Jacinto.

I visited San Antonio about a year ago and just had to visit the Alamo. For more info about the battle visit the Official Alamo Website

A Salt and Battery

I decided to add a little fun to this blog by taking pictures of visual puns. In some circles this is known as Punography. I will add more as I come up with ideas. If you have any good ideas you would like to see drop me a comment and I will see what I can do.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bird Houses

I was coming home from work the other day and took a side street to avoid a traffic jam when I came across this house. Now I have been toying with making a birdhouse for a couple of weeks now. So naturally my interest was peaked when I saw this house. A little overdone if I do say so myself. And the picture only shows half the yard. For those readers with a GPS, you can visit it yourself at the following location; N 39 53.308' by W 075 10.410'

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nightmare Mansion

I just got back from Virginia Beach, Virginia this afternoon. While I was down there I came across Nightmare Mansion. What a cool looking building. I saw it on Wednesday night but i did not have a camera with me. So this morning I went out about 6:45 am and snapped a few pictures. Being the off season at the beaches the store was not open so I couldn't see what was inside. Hopefully I'll get back there soon and can check it out. The bellhop at my hotel said it looks even better in the summer, at night when it is all lite up. Check out a few additional pics below.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Bunny Easter Basket

Here is an easy project for you to make for children at Easter time. I developed a detail set of instructions in pdf format. I am a great fan of free things so I decided to provide the plans free to anyone who wants them. The only thing I ask in return is that you consider offering something free. Let me know and if I like it I will post it on this site. I can't figure out how I can post a file other that a picture on this blog so I convinced a friend to host the file on his site by offering him free advertisement. Click here to view the plans. Please remember to visit his site at

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tray Ceiling

Well I am finishing up installing a Tray ceiling in my Dinning room. Not a very hard job. I basically frames out a couple of boxes on the ceiling using 2" x 6"s, Covered and covered them with drywall. After I finished painting and installing Hardwood floors, My wife decided that we needed a way to add some definition to the wall leading into the hall way. Check out more Photos of the installation on my Flickr page.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog. I am going to attempt to create a new post on a daily basis about anything that interest me. The only problem with that is I have many interests. The following is a list of just a few of the many things I think about on a daily basis.
- Automobiles including; Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Auto Mechanics, Autobody repair, Painting, Customizing, Racing, etc...
- Motorcycles
- Boats
- Woodworking
- Metal Working
- Home Related activities including; Home Improvement, Remodeling, Construction, DIY, etc...
- Outdoor activities including; Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Hiking, GPSs, etc...
- Firearms
- Computers
- Solar Energy
- Tools of all sorts
- Soapbox Derby