• Viewing IP Camera Live Feed on a Mac

    Most IP security cameras have a browser interface with a live feed.  On quite a few of them, the ip camera live feed requires a

  • Installing Lorex LNB4421 PoE IP Security Cameras

    We recently had a couple bikes stolen from our back yard, showing the need for security cameras. I installed four Lorex LNB4421 IP security cameras that use Power over Ethernet (POE) for both power and networking. It required some out of the box thinking.

  • How To Use a Grab Hook

    This post shows the proper way to use a grab hook with a tow chain

  • Dowel Jig – The Anatomy of a Failed Project

    I made a custom dowel jig using copper pipe as a guide bushing and it completely failed. This video explains what went wrong.

  • DIY Wood Fidget Spinner

    My son and his friend wanted fidget spinners and were willing to do the work to make them. So in this episode of granworks, I help them do just that!

  • Clean and Rustproof Garden Tools

    Garden tools (shovels, hoes, spades, etc) tend to rust if left out or left with soil on them. One time honored method of cleaning and then protecting them involves a bucket of oil-impregnated sand. Does it work? In this episode of granworks, I examine that idea and create one such bucket to test.

  • Three Drywall Patch Methods

    A drywall patch can be commonly done with a patch kit; a “California” patch; or a patch with a support board. I test all three methods.

  • Building a Custom Media Wall

    I built a custom media wall with fully custom wiring, cabling, and ports

Quick Tip: Paint Crisp Edges on Textured Walls

Quick Tip: Paint Crisp Lines on Textured Walls

If you’ve ever painted on textured walls, you know how hard it is to create a crisp straight edge. Products like “Frog Tape” are supposed to help, but they don’t. Paint is very good at sneaking underneath your tape, resulting in a jagged line when the tape is removed. This quick tip shows a very easy way to create a guaranteed straight line!

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April’s Credo #1: Make It Work For You

Pink countertops

It took us an entire year of house hunting before we landed on this particular one. The house supposedly had an “upgraded” kitchen and it did at least have stainless steal appliances. And pink counters. Wait, pink? Yeah, from the very start (a good 5 years ago) we decided that obviously atrocious pink counters would be the first to go. Obviously! But something happened along the way…

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First Woodworking Project: A Doll Bed

Finished doll bed

I was inspired to try woodworking by watching The New Yankee Workshop with the incomparable Norm Abram. I scrounged together a used Craftsman “contractor style” table saw and a router; commandeered one stall of our garage; and dove right in. My first project (back in 2006) was a doll bed fit for an American Girl doll. Yeah, I made a lot of mistakes, but you have to start somewhere!

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Gotta Start Somewhere

Starting Line

Well, after several years of saying “we should create a blog”, we decided that either it’s time to actually start it up, or just give up on the idea entirely. You’re seeing that we decided on the former path.

We don’t know what we’re doing. Neither of us have ever had a public blog of any sort. The goal is to also have a YouTube channel — that’ll be completely new to us, too.

But that’s sort of the point of granworks. We go through life jumping headfirst into something and hope that we’ll figure how it works as we go. Why would this blog be any different?

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