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The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building

5th Avenue & 34th Street, NYC

by navema
www.navemastudios.com

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 22nd-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century, the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York.
The limestone for the Empire State Building came from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana which is an unincorporated town adjacent to Bloomington, Indiana. The Empire Mill Land office is near State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 just south of Bloomington. Bloomington, Bedford and Oolitic area are known as the limestone capital of the world. It is a point of local pride that the stone for the Empire State building came from there.

The Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using its earlier designs for the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio (designed by the architectural firm W. W. Ahlschlager & Associates) as a basis. Every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem to pay homage to its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building. The building was designed from the top down. The general contractors were The Starrett Brothers and Eken, and the project was financed primarily by John J. Raskob and Pierre S. du Pont. The construction company was chaired by Alfred E. Smith, a former Governor of New York and James Farley’s General Builders Supply Corporation … Read More

How a Guarantor Home Loan Can Help You Enter the Property Market

Struggling to save enough to buy a property? You may want to ask your family if they can provide a helping hand in the form of a family guarantee loan. This is when the equity in a family member’s home is used as security on your loan.

Also known as a family pledge or guarantor home loan, it is a type of mortgage that allows you to borrow more money and provide less of a deposit. Usually when a loan is more than 80% of the purchase price (80% LVR) you will have to pay lenders mortgage insurance, but a family guarantee means you won’t have this extra expense.

It’s even possible to avoid paying any deposit because the equity in your family’s home can act as a deposit. This ‘guarantee’ makes it possible for you to borrow the full 100% cost of the home, plus stamp duty and legal fees. Lenders mortgage insurance will still be payable if you borrow over 80% of a property’s value.

There are many issues to consider when taking out family guarantees and it pays to keep in mind that loan terms and conditions can vary between lenders. Not all lenders even offer these type of loans, so give us a call and we can advise you which lenders would best suit your situation.

Here are some of the common questions we get asked about guarantor home loans. For more detailed information about any of the following, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Does the entire loan have to be guaranteed?

No, the loan can be split, enabling the equity in your family’s property to be used as security for a small portion of the loan, for example 20%. The lender will take a mortgage out over the guarantor’s property to this specified amount.

Who can act as guarantors?

Guarantors are usually parents, but some lenders under certain conditions will accept grandparents, siblings, a de facto partner or a former spouse. To be approved by a lender they must provide enough equity to cover the amount being guaranteed and in most cases do not need to show proof of income. Normal lending criteria will apply in all circumstances.

What are the risks of a guarantor home loan?

There are risks involved, which is why it is important for the guarantor to know what they are getting into. Some lenders even require legal advice is sought to ensure the guarantor understands that if there is a default on repayments, they will be the ones held liable.

How long does the guarantee have to be in place?

If the guarantor home loan is structured correctly, the guarantee doesn’t need to be in place for the entire duration of the loan. Once you have repaid the portion of the loan that is guaranteed or your property has increased in value, the guarantor can be released.… Read More

Soundproofing Your Fence with Dr. Bob

So you have just purchased your home but when you first looked at it, you didn’t realize just how bad the traffic noise in the backyard really was. Now you are committed to a 30-year mortgage and asks “What can I do Dr. Bob? Well, I’m glad you asked.

You can construct a soundproof or a sound-control fence. Now will this fence block 100% of the traffic noise? I’m afraid not, but will it make your backyard life tolerable? You bet it will.

There are some things that you need to know about building an effect sound control fence that will make it more effective. First and foremost, you new sound control fence needs to be 8 ft above the noise source. Now you need to check with your city or township to see if they have height ordinances regarding fences. If they will only allow a 6′ high fence, you can always build an earthen berm to increase the height of the backyard where the fence will be erected.

Now lets talk about the fence itself. I recommend building a cedar or redwood slatted fence as high as possible, (8ft being the minimum height above the noise source). The term “Above the noise source” means simply this, if the noise is coming from an automobile muffler, then the fence technically needs to be 8′ above the cars tailpipe. This should be simple enough. If you fence isn’t exactly 8′ above the noise source will it not be effective? Of course it will, but at the 8′ level you will get the best sound blocking.

Let’s talk about constructing your fence. The new redwood or cedar fence will have at least 4″ X 4″ posts mounted in concrete footings and sunk at least 2 ft into the ground. You will want as stable a foundation as possible for your new sound control fence as you will be adding heavy sound blocking agents to it. Once the posts are set and the concrete has cured, you will then add the fence cross members. These are generally 2″ X 4″ beams that connect the posts together and offer extra support for the fence slats. Now once the fence framing is complete, you will then be ready for the soundproofing membrane to be installed. You will have already called the professionals at Soundproofing America and ordered a product called “mass loaded vinyl”. Mass loaded vinyl is a loaded vinyl soundproofing barrier that comes in rolls that are 35’x 4′ or 30′ x 4 ½’. Once you have your rolls of mass loaded vinyl and the acoustical caulk and tape that go with the MLV, you are ready to install the soundproof membrane for your new fence.

Your first step is to stretch the MLV along the frame of the fence, you want to make sure the that the MLV extends all the way down to the ground so that the sound does not leak though the bottom of your fence. Once the MLV … Read More

Kitchen

Kitchen

This kitchen was our first attempt at renovation.

Posted by Pinkernaute on 2010-11-06 23:13:47

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Concrete Grinding Can Revive That Old Unsightly Slab

Don’t be alarmed by an uneven concrete slab. Don’t let unsightly driveway or patio cracks cause you to launch a costly or time consuming replacement project. And, don’t fall over yourself or on to the ground because of an unnecessary trip hazard. Why not? There are countless beautifying and restoration steps that you can take to fix what seems unfixable. The key to this surface recovery is concrete grinding.

Often, a homeowner will be discouraged by a cracked and unsightly patio or driveway, for example. He or she may even go so far as to conclude that their patio, driveway or garage floor is a disaster area. But with just a little strategic use of concrete grinding equipment, any home owner or business owner can turn a lost cause into a surface that he or she will be extremely proud of.

You can find concrete grinding equipment for small jobs at just about any home improvement center or hardware store. But for the bigger jobs that obviously entail working over quite a bit of damaged surface area you can find some industrial grade concrete grinding equipment at many of the larger commercial and construction related equipment rental businesses. Another concrete repair possibility that you may consider, especially if the project seems daunting, is to hire a licensed contractor who specifically works with this kind of equipment.

But back to the restoration results – it really can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars when compared to a complete surface replacement. Always take the conservative approach before you commit to a time consuming, cumbersome and expensive replacement course of action. A once over lightly will allow you, in a relatively short time, to reestablish a smooth surface. Combine some concrete filler into the gaps and pass over the patched areas with the same concrete grinding equipment to create a smooth, seamless surface.

If you really want to bring the full effects of concrete grinding to fruition, you can complement the results of grinding with staining, painting and/or sealing of the newly restored surface. With these additional touches, you may be pleasantly surprised at just how stunning the final results can be.

From a safety hazard standpoint, you stand to benefit from concrete grinding as well. Any business owner that is responsible for common walkways will eliminate trip hazards and protect themselves against trip and fall lawsuits simply by taking advantage of the benefits of this method of grinding down and smoothing out uneven and broken concrete.

So combine dramatically improved appearance with safety and a protection of your own interests. Do it all with concrete grinding. In the long run, for the sake of your health and pocket book, you will be glad you did.… Read More

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looking SW from entry hall into dining room – Tinsley Living Farm – Museum of the Rockies – 2013-07-08

looking SW from entry hall into dining room - Tinsley Living Farm - Museum of the Rockies - 2013-07-08

Looking from the entrance hall into the dining room on the first floor of the house on the grounds of the Tinsley Lliving Farm at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

The house was constructed in 1889 by William and Lucy (Nave) Tinsley. William Tinsley worked for Wells Fargo and migrated to Montana in 1864. Lucy was a dressmaker who emigrated to Virginia City, Montana, the same year. Both were originally from Missouri. They met in Virginia City, married in 1867, and relocated to Willow Creek in the Gallatin Valley (about 40 miles west of Bozeman). They built a homestead log cabin (about the size of the current blacksmith shop), and lived there until 1889. Their first child was born in 1868, and by 1889 they had eight kids.

William Tinsley built the family a two-story home out of logs taken from the nearby Tobacco Root Mountains. The oldest children helped haul the logs, which took two days to get to the homestead. The structure took two years to construct. Most of the items in the house were ordered from the Sears catalog. The family occupied the house until the 1920s.

The house was purchased by the museum in 1987, and moved from its original location to the Museum of the Rockies in 1989. Refurbished with items donated by Tinsley descendants, it now serves as a living history museum. The house sits on 10 acres of land, and includes a historically accurate kitchen garden, flower garden, chicken coop, farm implements, carriage house, blacksmith shop, root cellar, outhouse, functioning well and pump, storage shed, and fields. A full cellar was excavated beneath Tinsley House as well.

Visitors are free to touch and use many of the items in Tinsley House. A staff of historical re-enactors includes four women who cook, clean, sew, and perform chores around the house as well as a blacksmith who does ironmongery and repairs.

Posted by Tim Evanson on 2013-07-23 02:17:01

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