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Interview: Timothy Dahl, a Full Time DIY Home Improvement Blogger

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We first took notice of Timothy Dahl and his blog, Charles and Hudson, last month when he published his excellent home DIY City Guide to Los Angeles. Upon further exploration, his blog revealed a wealth of useful information for those looking to upgrade their home on their own. From snaking your own sewer line to buying a backyard fire pit and an electrical outlet orientation, there's a lot to learn from him. So we ask a few of our own questions about Los Angeles and more...

Age and occupation: 35, Editor of (full-time on the blog since November move from NYC to LA!)

Home town: Tucson, AZ - couldn't wait to get away but now realize what a funky place it actually is.

Current LA neighborhood: West LA - I'm almost under the freeway at the 10 and 405 that feels central to everything but near nothing.

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How long have you lived in LA, and where

Four months in LA. 8 years previously in the west village in NYC (Charles & Hudson cross streets). I'm starting to understand the pleasures of living here and they start with the SUN.

Why the move?

I'll always love the city and how it's affected me personally and the opportunities I had professionally, but in the end the juice wasn't worth the squeeze and the opportunities and lifestyle in LA seemed much more appealing. My wife's a fashion designer and NYC was and is the only place to make a mark in that industry, but LA is catching up. We're both more savvy now and as the adage goes "If you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere" so we're going to give it a go here and see what happens!