Lead – The Plastic Pipe Buying Guides

Lead and stainless steel pipe New copper pipe can be joined to lead pipe by using special compression fit¬tings; making a proper ‘wiped’ soldered joint is a job probably best left to a qualified plumber. If your house contains much lead pipe, consider stripping it all out and having a joint made near the main…

How to Install a Wood Privacy Fence

There is no fencing material that has the natural beauty of real wood. Most people assume that a wood fence requires yearly maintenance and that it will not last very long. But that is certainly not the case. If a wood fence is installed properly there is actually very little maintenance and the fence can…

The Independent Living Movement I

I will start off by informing you that there is no real difference between the words “disabled” and “handicapped,” except for the linguistic ones. They both refer to physically challenged people, who often need special living accommodations. Our Center Park of Seattle, Washington, USA, was founded by Ida May Daly, who had a diagnosis of…

"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…