"Depreciation" and Manufactured Homes As an Investment

There is a long standing belief that all manufactured homes (what many used to call “mobile homes”) will “automatically” depreciate once it is purchased. While it is true that manufactured homes have lost value from their initial purchase price, this is not historically a given. There are many examples of manufactured homes which have appreciated…

Why Concrete Is Reinforced With Steel

Most concrete structures are constructed with steel reinforcements. In almost all cases, it is not possible to see the steel because it is inside the concrete. Concrete structures built without steel reinforcement will not last long under the forces that will be acting on it over its lifetime. Composition of concrete Under normal circumstances, concrete…

The Major Effects of Industrialization

120 years ago or so, the industrial revolution was taking off. All sorts of machines were being invented, powered by coal, electricity, gas, you name it. People were being blessed with greater ease in manufacturing, more readily available necessities, safer and healthier foods, and a host of other good things. However, while humans were benefiting…

The History of Timber Frame Houses

Timber has been used as a construction material in buildings in the UK since the Neolithic period. Some of the oldest timber houses in Europe are found in England and Scotland, and the earliest timber framed buildings existing in the UK today date back to the 13th century. This goes to show just how durable…

Leading the Board: Qualities of an Effective Chair

What makes an active board effective? In this case, the old adage “a whole is greater than the sum of the parts” clearly applies. Well-qualified directors with the skills, experience, time and motivation to dedicate to the job are crucial. But, while necessary, the right people are not sufficient to ensure board effectiveness. Board effectiveness,…

A Legal Terminology Cheat Sheet

Some common legal terms and their meanings include: Lawsuit – A lawsuit is any proceeding that must take place in a court of law. This may be a civil or criminal matter. Civil Lawsuit – A civil lawsuit is when one individual sues another person or a company for damages caused by them which may…

What Do Rats Eat?

Rats eat a wide variety of food. They have voracious appetites and will eat almost anything. They are true omnivorous scavengers, but mostly prefer grain, livestock feed, and meat. Rats have also been known to eat soap, leather, furs, candy, milk, meat, vegetables, poultry, eggs, grain, seeds, fruit, nuts, snails and other rodents. A rat…

How to Tear Out Your Old Flooring

Tearing out old flooring in order to install new may sound as a quick and easy project but sometimes it is a real chore. I will cover a few types of removals and hopefully one of these hints will help you out with your job. Flooring materials can consist of vinyl tile, linoleum, carpet and…

Making the Stairs a Safe Place For Seniors

As a way to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls among seniors, most experts recommend finding ways to make the stairs safer. Of course all areas of the home should be addressed, but the stairs frequently present the biggest danger to a senior. Falls on the stairs can be quite serious, so finding…

How To Work With Scaffolding System For Home Use

Home projects like painting the ceiling or cleaning the cupboard tops and roofs require the use of a scaffolding system. In comparison to the one used in construction sites, the scaffold tower for home use is much smaller in size. Nonetheless, their main function is the same. They help people work easily and safely off…