Month: October 2016

Balloon Framing Gable Walls

Prior to the 1950’s balloon framing of new homes was the standard construction method, until the advent of platform framing. Platform framing is a safer, quicker, and more cost effective method than balloon framing. With that being said, balloon framing still has many effective uses in modern house framing that can be incorporated with platform framing for a safer, sturdier, and more cost ef... »

Who Determines the Course of Your Life?

To live a self-determined life is the essence of consciousness. A self-determined life is fundamentally different from a life that's determined by our ego. When the ego is in charge of running our life, we only have an illusion of determining our life, not the actual experience of doing so. To be able to determine our own life requires us to be free, a state that few on our planet yet enjoy. E... »

Why Project-Based Learning Can Improve Motivation And Relevance In Your Classroom

Project-based learning has been defined as a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning in the classroom designed to engage students by investigating interesting problems. Projects have a lot of potential to help people learn of all ages. There are a number of factors in the design of curriculum that can affect motivation and thinking processes. Project-based learning is not without its diffi... »

Embellish Your Home’s Exteriors With Concrete Columns and Pier Caps

Concrete columns and pier caps are attractive adornments for a diverse range of outdoor living environment. Piers could be either positioned on the sidewalk for recognition and for greeting to your home or on any side of the driveway. Columns are very essential for a strong foundation for any building or property and at the same time it gives aesthetically pleasing look. Pillars of patio offers a ... »

Keeping Your House Painting Cost Down

If the walls of your home need cleaning, rather than trying to scrub them, you might consider a fresh coat of paint. Whether one room or the complete home, your house painting cost should not be expensive if you decide to take on the task yourself. This article points out the pros and cons as to whether you should hire out the work, or do it yourself. Most people would rather hire the job out. How... »

Secrets Of Bonding 114: Offer a Concrete Solution?

This Concrete Subcontractor has a big problem. How would you solve it? Facts: The bond applicant, we will call ‘Subby,’ is a highly experienced subcontractor who performed concrete work on a school job. Subby was not required to give a Performance & Payment Bond to the GC. The GC, “Gigunda Const.,” has given a P&P bond to the school district. The GC claims that the ... »

Start a High Profit Painting Business

The business of painting is one that can take on variations such as residential or commercial. If you are interested in residential painting, then you will be primarily working as a house painter. In this area, you will paint the interior and exterior of homes and apartments. A commercial painter would look to businesses as their primary source of revenue. They may include apartments but also rest... »

Characteristics of Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete floors are an outstanding method of flooring that are increasingly becoming a way of life for many home and business owners. The benefits that one can get from the polished concrete floors are quite numerous and some of them include the fact that the polished floors provide a real low cost solution to the idea of ​​flooring as a well as offering a good alternative in terms of env... »

Poly Tarp Covers and Their Uses

Poly tarps have long been used as canopy covers for pole tents but in recent years there has been noticeable increases in the different types of uses. Poly tarps are now being used for many different applications and in many different industries including construction, agriculture, garden, sports, marine and more. The sudden popularity can be attributed to the strength, longevity and cost effectiv... »

How to Build a Form For a Decorative Concrete Wall

Have you ever wanted to make a retaining wall like the ones you see alongside the highway/? You know the ones – they have reliefs of mountain ranges, trees, buildings, animals such as bears, dinosaurs, Buffalo, etc. The only problem I can see is that the concrete will stick to the wood. If I ever get around to it I would use a router for my reliefs or probably cut them out of plywood and scr... »