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From time to time, Daniel Dunkle may write about his adventures in home improvement here. Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and The Camden Herald and News Director for VillageSoup. He lives in an old house in Rockland with his wife, Christine, and two children.

  • Published
    March 14, 2021

    Surprise your family with spring cleaning

    Mom had a special system for dealing with spring cleaning. She wouldn’t tell anyone in advance. I would come home from school and the whole house would be torn apart. Dad would look depressed as he scrubbed some wall or window. It would take all of the wind out of you. My after-school time was very special to me. These were the hours I devoted to watching MTV. In fact, Mom did not even tell Dad in advance. She …

  • Published
    February 25, 2021

    I don’t do windows… anymore

    It started out with my son and I clearing snow out of the driveway. With my shovel, I tapped a tree branch that was hanging low, loaded with snow, dumping roughly the entire Arctic Circle down the neck of his coat. I began to cackle and this infuriated Wesley, who was about 15 at the time. He in turn said he wasn’t going to help me anymore and went back into the house and slammed the door. When he did, a pane of …

  • Published
    February 13, 2021

    Sweat Equity Episode I: Life is too short for wallpaper

    Back in the year 2000, my wife, Christine, was pregnant with a boy who would grow up to enjoy video games and Star Wars. We didn’t know that at the time, though we should have been able to guess based on his old man. What we did know was that our one-bedroom apartment in Rockland was not going to cut it for a growing family. We began house-shopping, which was dangerous because we were in our 20s and not terribly …

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