Articles by: Timothy Dahl

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

A couple months ago I checked out the NexGen grass seed lab and the Pennington Seed factory in Oregon and received some valuable information on lawn care as well as a hands-on look at their 1 Step Complete combo mulch seed fertilizer product. I couldn’t wait to get home to […]

The Tank – A Military Grade iPhone Case from Casemate

The Tank – A Military Grade iPhone Case from Casemate

Since I’ve converted to using an iPhone case I’ve had an opportunity to review a few of the more durable cases available. One of the strongest, if not strangest, iPhone cases is the TANK from Case-Mate. The protection is second to none and they have achieved this without adding any […]

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Last year Kohler brought us the ultimate toilet with the NUMI and at this years Kitchen and Bath Show they are introducing VibrAcoustic technology on their Underscore bath line. What is “VibrAcoustic”? It is what it sounds like. “Enhanced technology-based baths integrate music, water vibration and lights” Sound divine right? […]

Otterbox Defender iPhone Case in Real Tree Camo

Otterbox Defender iPhone Case in Real Tree Camo

I’ve been an iPhone user from the beginning but I’ve never been a fan of cases or covers. I just like the feel of a naked iPhone and the way it slides easily into my pocket. I take great care in how I handle my iPhone but with the newest […]

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

Our friend Janis was recently blessed with the birth of a baby boy who is only one month older than our son which means we’ve already got the perfect playmate. She lives down the street from us in a one-bedroom condo and shares her apartment with her dog Sake. Janis […]

Blogging with Bob Vila

Blogging with Bob Vila

After starting my career at This Old House I’ve come full-circle as I’m now a featured columnist on Bob Vila’s blog. I’ll be covering a variety of topics and I’ve already reviewed Husqvarna’s hovering mower and the latest tools from Milwaukee. Bob Vila and his team recently redesigned his website […]

Inside a Chicago Woodshop – Untouched for 65 Years

Inside a Chicago Woodshop – Untouched for 65 Years

Last year we visited the Butler Street Foundry, a metal shop located on the Southside of Chicago in the shadow of Comiskey Park. We met the owner, John Lamonica, at a Craftsman event and besides being an artisan metalworker he also works closely with kids and inspires them to learn […]

The Art of Hand Pinstriping a Classic Car

The Art of Hand Pinstriping a Classic Car

Last year after a lengthy search we acquired a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbo diesel. We found the color combination we wanted with low miles and great interior. Even though the car is a bold red, Laura felt it needed something a bit more so we opted to add a pink […]

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

We were all puzzled when Domino magazine closed three years ago. They kept the online archives available through Brides.com but that was just awkward and we were stuck with the loss of another beloved shelter title. We just got word from Susan Portnoy, VP of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast, […]

Warning: Prepare to Convert Your Lightbulbs This Year

Warning: Prepare to Convert Your Lightbulbs This Year

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have heard the news that this is the year that the government has mandated we begin changing over to the new energy efficient lightbulbs such as CFL’s and LED’s. The cost of CFL’s has gone down considerably but LED’s are still on […]

2012 The Year of…

2012 The Year of…

…anything we want it to be! Seriously. It’s just after midnight and I’ve been reflecting on how incredible 2011 was for me and my family. I really have so much to be grateful for. I want to give thanks to a long time editor and contributor Katy Ryan who has […]

Make Labels in a Snap…Including Postage

Make Labels in a Snap…Including Postage

If you are still dreading sending out Christmas cards because you hate doing labels, then check out the LabelWriter 450 Turbo from Dymo. It’s super easy to use and it will even print out postage which will save you a trip to the post office. We had our LabelWriter setup […]

The B.A.S.H. (Bad Ass Sledge Hammer) Puts You in Beast Mode

The B.A.S.H. (Bad Ass Sledge Hammer) Puts You in Beast Mode

If you’re looking for a good demo sledge hammer to take out some walls or concrete floors, there is no better tool to do this than the BASH Sledge hammer from Wilton. They sent me their 10lb hammer with the 36″ handle and as soon as you grab it you […]

Get Dirty with Mike Rowe Work Boots

Get Dirty with Mike Rowe Work Boots

Mike Rowe should be applauded for shining a spotlight on blue collar jobs. Cat Footwear has taken notice of this and they recently collaborated on a signature series of work boots under the name “Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear”. “We’ve built this series with Mike’s unique perspective on addressing […]

Stihl Battery Powered Chainsaws Have Arrived

Stihl Battery Powered Chainsaws Have Arrived

Earlier this year we visited Husqvarna and they were working on some top secret battery powered chainsaws. Well it looks like Stihl has beat them to the punch and launched the first real entry into the battery powered chainsaw market. There are other battery powered chainsaws available but the Stihl […]

Design Blog Panel at KBIS 2011

Design Blog Panel at KBIS 2011

Last year I spoke on the design blog panel at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas. I joined a couple of my good friends including Chris Phillips of Apartment Therapy, Susan Serra and Megan Arquette. KBIS is back in Chicago next year and I look forward to attending […]

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here, but we’re finally ready to pull the cover off our new project, Built by Kids! We launched the site on Labor Day and the next day my wife Laura went into labor! Our son came a week early, so instead of […]

New Beginnings at the Dahl House: Nesting Series

New Beginnings at the Dahl House: Nesting Series

With the help of some great contributors we’ve covered some elements of nursery design and preparing for a baby as well as recycling a crib and tips for doing-it-yourself while pregnant. We’ve put a lot of these tips into action and starting this week we’re launching a Nesting Series where […]