Close up a solar heating panel in a modular house built near Corrales, New Mexico…, 04/1974
Image by The U.S. National Archives Original Caption: Close up a solar heating panel in a modular house built near Corrales, New Mexico. Closed at night, the panel is dropped during the day to allow sunlight to pass through the glass and heat blackened 55-gallon drums filled with water, 04/1974
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-12856
Photographer: Norton, Boyd
Albuquerque (New Mexico, United States) inhabited place
Danto Builders educates real estate buyers about the critical buying process for older buildings. It first entails having a qualified Florida Registered Professional Engineer evaluate the structural and electrical integrity of the building. The property must be assessed prior to the purchase, so issues and associated costs can be identified. Danto says, I see the same structural and MEP issues of which potential building owners should be aware and address before purchasing an older building and completing a 40-year re-certification if that is the case.
Danto Builders is a fourth-generation licensed, bonded and insured general contractor with extensive experience in structural and electrical property inspections, repairs, major interior and exterior renovations, and concrete restorations. Danto Builders has completed many inspections of older buildings, as well as the 40-year re-certifications.
Danto Builders renovation project, called Sand Kastle, is a case study which supports this critical process. This building was built in 1951 and was purchased in 2006. The building is very special to the area and the owner. It is part of the original Fort Lauderdale strip and a nostalgic place for the owner; an apartment that he used to rent as a young man.
Buyers of commercial buildings must understand the critical structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) items that must be properly inspected on any building before buying it,” says Danto Builders’ owner and CEO, Craig Danto. “This is especially important for an older building that is due for a 40-year re-certification required in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. If buyers have a clear and accurate understanding of this process, they will avoid unexpected, costly and time-consuming mistakes, and the re-certification process will go smoothly.
The new owners were excited to get started with the renovations, so they met with Danto Builders to discuss the scope of work and a budget. The owners did not have a building inspection completed by MEP and structural engineers, so Danto Builders inspected the property for critical items. Unfortunately, it was quickly realized that the building needed to be rebuilt in place; the structural integrity was grossly compromised and a serious safety issue.
The scope of work drastically changed and required concrete restoration and replacement of all the structural column supports from the grade beam up through the third floor tie beam, which also required fabrication of new structural red-iron, steel window headers and sills to support new impact windows.
Not a structural safety issue but important to the exterior condition, the stucco was never bonded properly to the block, which causes the stucco to crumble off the building and not allow for proper painting that will last. The stucco had to be chipped away, bonded, scratch coated and re-applied. Along with the stucco, all of the overhang soffits had to be removed, and new wire lath and stucco were constructed to architecturally feature rounded-edge soffits.
With respect to the MEP issues that were not identified prior to the purchase of the building, existing plumbing had to be abandoned because the underground cast iron pipes were broken and contained vegetation growth. The electrical service had to be completely redone as it did not support the building and was not to code.
The interior also had many violations, including stairway tread heights that were not equal and landings were not to code. The second and third floors and sub-floors were rotted and not level. The third floor was never even permitted. Most of the flooring had to be removed, re-supported, leveled and replaced. Additionally, the interior walls had no insulation, so they were stripped bare and rebuilt to current codes. The third floor was also officially added and rebuilt to include a patio, summer kitchen, sun / ocean-view deck and rooftop area to support a hot tub and lounge area.
In sum, all these items could have been identified if the critical process would have been followed. The owners may still have purchased the building but at least they would have known what to expect with respect to the renovations, timelines and the budget. Obviously, this projects budget and timeline significantly exceeded the original plan. The rebuilding of this property section by section was necessary, so that the city would not enforce new zoning setups. These improvements also minimized building failure and liability issues; prepared it for hurricanes; ensured code compliance, so violations and fees were avoided; and lowered property insurance premiums.
This story does have a happy ending. The owners love the new mixed-use project, which contains their beautiful beach house, and the very successful retail Pops Corn and Yo Mamas Ice cream. Additionally, the Broward County required re-certification was completed without a hitch, and the building received a historical preservation award from the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
For more information, contact Danto Builders at (954) 229-2006 or http://www.dantobuilders.com.
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My Make-up for the July 3rd “Red, White and Dead” Zombie Walk/Thriller Dance in Fremont
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Okay, let’s take a moment to talk about the makeup. When I hit the theatrical supply store – and by the way, how odd is it that Redmond, Washington, of all places has a theatrical supply store? We only have, like, two bookstores and ZE-RO men’s clothiers. Everything else is either British pantries and Teriyaki places – I knew that I could walk out of there with pre-fabricated latex appliances and "Realistic Gory Wounds" and other assorted festering gashes or bloody abscesses easily applied with some brand of Spirit Gum marketed under the brand name "Makeup Glue".*
(*Which, by the way, is not to insinuate that our theatrical supply store is lacking in any particular way – it’s actually quite good, and the staff is both comfortingly knowledgeable about makeup techniques and pleasantly inviting of new knowledge. They have a pretty good supply in stock, although I felt strongly their lack of liquid latex. I had intended to render the wide, wondrous palette of my denuded pate as a series of mountainous, bloody crevasses and humourous valleys, but rather was relegated to the above muckings-about)
However, there is a part of me which refuses to buy anything wholesale – even if it’s cheaper and easier – if there’s a possibility of manufacturing it one’s-self from household goods and a little classic proletarian craftiness. This is the part of me that’s building a Flea Circus and a Coconut ventriloquist’s dummy, if you must know. I call it "The Plastic Hassle Part of Me."
SO, ceasing my beating around assorted bushes, here’s how my multitude of cranial and facial wounds were invented: Tracing paper, Elmer’s Glue and grease paint. You crumple the tracing paper (tissue paper would work infinitely better, but I’d bought and cannibalized an ENORMOUS sheet of the stuff for another craft project of the "Plastic Hassle" variety earlier, and was eager to make some additional use of my mutilated investment), then give it a good but brief soaking, effectively moistening the torn strips of paper without soaking them to the point of dissolution.
Once moistened, work a liberal (by which I mean, in the spirit of the day, "European Socialist Model") amount of Elmer’s white glue onto both sides of the paper. The water will thin it out and help it coat the paper equally on both sides, inasmuch as Elmer’s is water-soluble. Step whatever: Slap that shit on yo’ head. For extra depth of wounds, allow the first layer to dry and then slap additionally another layer or two on the existing layer. Make sure to let them dry between slappings.
I realize, at this point, you will resemble the victim of some sort of sheet-based bukkake, but that’s because the color needs be added. Using any sort of flat applicator, you’ll want to apply a coat of clown white to the dried, crinkled tracing paper, and following that and using a brush of some sort, you’ll add red, black and brown greasepaints to the textured areas of yo’ haid. I wish I could give you better advice about HOW to apply the colors, but a lot of it, for my part, was instinctive – I’ve spent about twenty-eight years of my life learning how to paint and how to color, so most of my knowledge is more reflex than it is intellectual. I will tell you that I went:
RED – for the thickest portions of the texturing
BLACK – for the areas surrounding the red
BROWN – for the areas leading into flesh.
From that point, there’s a lot of mopping, repainting, re-applying, and mopping again. After that, a quick dose of baby powder (Ideally, made from real babies) and another coat of Elmer’s over pretty much the majority of the face and head (the drying Elmer’s will both protect the existing paint and such, and also will dry in such a way on exposed skin as to make it wrinkle and crease).
Yeesh. After all of that, I haven’t yet talked about the actual Thriller Dance and Zombie Night! Good gravy! I think I’ll leave that for my Livejournal – in the meantime, please note that this photo represents me about twenty pounds lighter than I was in February, following four months of strict diet and exercise, and yet I still bet that no sweet young ladies will find themselves swooning over this photo, as much as large, hairy bears of the West Coast will. That’s okay. I find Bears to be comforting sorts of fellows, and after all, I have my one sweet young thing to swoon over me, if’n I need as much as that. Swoon away, Bears.
Okay, to my Livejournal, where I’ll finish this Great American Goddamn Novel of Greasepaint and Four-Counts …
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Question by Robert P: What type of tradesmen would be best a building a house?
I’m currently looking into being a carpenter and I think this would be good as about 15 years I want to build my own house. Does anyone think there is any other trade one could have that would make this more achieable. – sounds wierd i know, but i wondering.
Answer by merlineaton carpenter sounds like a cool job, i’m sure once you work building houses, you will learn all kinds of other skills that will help you build your own house, but being a carpenter, you could build your own furniture too! cool!
A few nice cheap building supplies images I found:
Using vinegar for a natural clean
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Circumvent the armada of commercial cleaners by keeping an ample supply of these eight items, which make up the basic ingredients for nearly every do-it-yourself cleaning recipe.
Distilled white vinegar: disinfects and breaks up dirt; choose white vinegar over apple cider or red vinegars, as these might stain surfaces
Baking soda: provides grit for scrubbing and reacts with water, vinegar or lemon by fizzing, which speeds up cleaning times
Borax: disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes; very handy in laundry mixes
Hydrogen Peroxide: disinfects and bleaches
Lemons: cut grease; bottled lemon juice also works well, although you might need to use bit more to get the same results
Olive oil: picks up dirt and polishes wood; cheaper grades work well
Vegetable based (liquid castile) soap: non-petroleum all-purpose cleaners
Washing soda: stain remover, general cleaner, helps unblock pipes; should be handled with gloves due to its caustic nature. Washing soda is usually found in the laundry aisle of grocery and drug stores.
Vinegar, baking soda, and lemons all have natural cleaning powers that rival manufactured cleaning solutions. They are easy and safe to use, and can often clean for much less money than other cleaning products on the market.
Vinegar, from the French translation meaning "sour wine," can be produced from all kinds of fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But the fundamental process remains unchanged no matter what the initial ingredients may be: first a fermentation of sugar to alcohol, and then a second go-round to vinegar.
The ancients stumbled upon the versatility of vinegar probably 10,000 years ago. The Babylonians used it as medicine, and also mixed it with herbs to flavor their meals. The Romans drank it as a beverage. Biblical references show how it was used for its soothing and healing properties, and as recent as World War I vinegar was still being used to treat wounds.
Vinegar is a highly affordable and super-safe eco-cleaning staple we should all get familiar with. Distilled white vinegar easily neutralizes alkaline soaps, effortlessly breaks down stubborn urine odors, quickly polishes patent leather, instantly removes static cling from clothing, flawlessly cleans mirrors and glass, simply deodorizes the air, effortlessly polishes chrome, carefully removes soap scum and hard water spots, dependably cleans your automatic drip coffee maker and, in a pinch, even lifts accidentally spilled white glue. This 10,000 year-old elixir is a modern-day cleaning miracle!
Nixie clock – “Before” pictures – interior
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This was the original "guts" of the military surplus digital indicator. It was full of early, military-spec TTL logic chips, with 1973 date codes. The digital logic board in the center is wire-wrapped, suggesting these devices were likely hand-assembled. This stuff didn’t come cheap in the early ’70s; original list price was 0. If you look carefully you can see that I’ve actually got two of them stacked up; I haven’t decided what to do with the second unit, yet.
It’s worth noting that there was enough TTL logic here to build a clock, given a 1 Hz input, some method to set it, and a few more gates to reset it to zero at 24:00:00. I wanted experience with PIC microcontrollers, though, and it really is more efficient to do this with a microprocessor instead of a dozen or so counter ICs.
Question by scott b: is there a cheap discounted building supply store in minnesota?
I was wondering if there is a store like builders surplus in minnesota…something where we can find cheap house supplies such as countertops, flooring, lighting, etc. Thanks
Answer by Romeo Try this