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From the time when prehistoric man first started using stone tools in his daily life doing it yourself was a way of life. Over the centuries, as building techniques developed to become more complex and simple tools have evolved into sophisticated machines, the job of the amateur handyman has become quite difficult. Usually in an effort to cut costs on a home improvement project, the modern do-it-yourself-er has his/her hands full with building codes, user manuals, and building instructions. Having said that, most home improvement projects are not only doable, but can arguably be done better if you are diligent enough and prepared to work. Other projects, however, are much too complicated for the average construction enthusiast and should be left solely to the professionals. Basement underpinning is such a project.
What is it that sets basement underpinning apart from other home improvement projects you ask? To answer that question in a nutshell, pretty much everything. There is no single thing about lowering your basement that is overwhelming. Taken separately, all aspects of the job are manageable and can be handled. However, collectively the process of lowering a basement to get some extra head space can become quite a headache.
Before you can even get started with any manual labor you will need to get a building permit. The nature of the project is such that if done incorrectly you can end up losing your home altogether. This is because when a home is built it is engineered to withstand the forces of nature that act upon it. Beyond your basement walls is not just soil, its pressure. If you go into this project without knowing where to dig, how to dig and how much to dig, soon enough your foundation walls will slide out from beneath your main floor, and your kitchen will be in your basement. To make sure that your basement can even be lowered, you will need to hire an engineer. You can always shop around and find a good deal, or maybe you have a friend who can do the plans for you, however most often than not a basement underpinning contractor will be able to provide engineering services to you at a discounted price.
Once you have your building permit you can get started. Oh wait, you don’t have any of the necessary equipment. Consider this, to dismantle your current concrete floor you will need the following: a conveyor belt system, a waste bin or two or three, a power generator, and jack hammer to connect to it. Although not impossible to obtain, the rental rates for you will be far higher than for a contractor, and chances are the contractor you choose for basement underpinning will already have these tools in their inventory.
Getting the right tools, is very much an issue of patience and organization. Once you have them, however, everything becomes a lot more serious. The tools that you will be working with when lowering your basement are power tools – … Read More
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…1: The Unabombers legal defense team cited the size of his shack – 10′ x 12′ – to buttress his insanity plea.
…2: systems can drain a 40 gallon tank in less then 4 minutes.
Illustrated by Nathan Fox in Mother Jones, March + April, 2005, Volume 30, Number 2, pages 26 and 27.
Tagged: , home , house , suburban , huge , stupid … Read More
I wonder how people underestimate the power of reading. There is no other way to brighten your soul and confront your deep insights without getting involved in some quality reading. Reading some good books always help to enlighten your imaginations and help you evolve your intellectual, without even costing much. According to Joyce Carol Dates “Reading helps us to slip involuntary into another skin, another voice, another soul.”, This is how books help us inculcate various values and learn life-treasuring lessons, without having to experience anything.
If people love to read a lot, they tend to buy a lot of books. And all those books need to be maintained safely somewhere inside your house, also that, whenever you feel the urge to resume some novel, you can find it in no time. The bookshelves are the ultimate solution to store your valuable books and add to the decor. So, if you tend to buy books, do not let them stray, instead, buy a good-looking bookshelf and give them a home. There are going to be lots and lots of variety of book racks in the market, which may confuse you as to which one to buy. So, the following are some basic types of bookshelves, which can help you decide which one is best suited for your home, thus making shopping a little simpler.
- Standard: Back walls, support walls, and horizontal shelves are the key features that this standard style book rack holds. This large, rectangular piece of furniture makes a very decent place to keep the books, and can also display your attractive antiques very beautifully. You can find this style in any material and place it in the corner or the center of your living area or bedroom, very reasonably.
- Cubic: Unlike the long, rectangle standard style, this type of bookshelf is structured in the form of a cube. The cube may be small or high raised, depending on your collection of the books. If you choose a wooden cubic shaped bookshelf painted in some bright colors, like hot pink or fresh green, etc., it can add a chic appeal to your room and shows the boredom away.
- Sectional: You might not have an abundance of books, or you might not want some of your very favorite books to be on display, then you can opt for this modular bookshelf, wherein, the rack is divided into are various sections or compartments. Some compartments might be closed, and some might be open for a nominal display of books and display items.
- Ladder-like: The very contemporary looking ladder-like book racks give a modern appeal to the room. The frame is leaned against the wall, still balancing the books on straight horizontal planks.
- Corner: Placed in the corner of your room, these type of bookshelves space a good amount of floor space. Although they do not support a huge collection of books, instead they can be used elegantly to flaunt some limited editions and expensive miniatures.
Digital Matte Painting
75 % photo reference –
25 % digital painting
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Time Spent: 4 hrs
I drew few sketches to present the whole idea as a matte painting!
All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are (as always) welcome
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"Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere."
~ N A J
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Molds are invisible organisms that reproduce by spreading spores. Molds, often called as mildew, are parts of environment and they play crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystem. Molds decompose organic materials to form simpler compounds and elements. They grow on dead leaves, trees, wood and collect their nutrition from these matters thus enabling recycling of nutrients around the ecosystem. Molds and mildews are the lowest level members of Food Pyramid.
Molds are practically everywhere inside and outside your home. Being microscopic organisms, molds are not visible to human eyes unless they colonize. Molds grow on almost any surface including uncovered food, dead organic matters etc. Water and humidity are necessary for molds to grow and amplify.
Lifecycle of Molds:
Spores get spread with air, dust particles, or any other container and start growing as soon as they get humid surface, food and right temperature. The Hyphae, a threadlike structure, secretes enzymes that decompose the contaminated organic material to obtain nutrition. Then the molds start growing mycelium – the main part of mold body.
Under suitable environmental conditions like light, air, water and nutrition black mold starts growing spores within the hyphael cells. The spores, after reaching maturity, are released in the air. Mold spores can remain inactive for years and wait for suitable environmental condition to grow.
When these spores start invading your home and spore count in air becomes higher than that of outdoor, chances of forming mold colony inside home become higher. Even if the spores get a small open watery surface in any dark place, they stuck on it, germinate and mold formation begins. Unlike spores and single mold body, mold colonies are visible to naked eye. Molds when infect a surface leave black stains and that is the reason molds are often referred as black mold.
Apart from the spots and discoloration of the surface, one can recognize the presence of molds from its pungent odor. This odor helps people spot the Molds if they had chosen a hidden place to grow in. Inspect places close to water source or where water can leak out making the surface wet.
Possible Health problems and remedies:
Living in a room with black molds could lead to health problems to human beings and pets. Higher spore count in the air cause breathing trouble, asthma and more serious health threats. Some species of molds are toxic; they produce mycotoxins which have adverse effects to human health. Both adults and children can suffer from various health problems including nausea, headache, fatigue, watery eyes, excessive sneezing, irritation of skin, eyes, lungs etc. Even dead mold bodies may lead to difficulties in breathing and skin rash.
The quantity of black molds and mildew that leads to health issues varies for different individuals. Being ubiquitous, molds are everywhere. But when they spread in great number inside a covered space problems begin. Black dots on walls, carpet, drywall and the typical musty odor signal considerable mold growth which can be removed with the … Read More
Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…
Tagged: , Home Improvement , bungalow … Read More