Insulating a Slipform Stone House

There can be no question that insulation should be of primary importance when considering new house construction. Slipform stone houses are no exception to this rule. Helen and Scott Nearing, early proponents of this stone building technique, claimed that their New England homes were comfortable year-round without much thought given to insulation – indeed, their…

Houston TX Apartments You Can Rent Without a Job

Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, has numerous apartment homes for anyone wanting to lease. One question that many people ask, especially in this type of economy we’re in, is how one can be approved for an apartment without necessarily showing proof of income. For many complexes in the sprawling city, having…

Characterization in "A Lesson Before Dying"

Characterization is one of the centerpieces of Ernest Gaines’ novel A Lesson Before Dying. It is clear that Mr. Gaines devoted a great deal of time to the development of the central characters in this novel. He also gave considerable development to some of the minor characters in the story. I think one of the…

UPS Cable Sizing & Installation

Whatever cable is selected it must be capable of continually carrying the currents required by the loads. This is referred to as a cable’s full thermal current rating. Incorrect specification of cables can result in prolonged operation beyond its designed temperature rating, which can cause premature failure, or at worst, a potential fire risk. The…

Inside the Industry: How to Read Part Numbers

What is the most important concern a buyer has when looking for a new ATV or motorcycle accessory? Fitment. Afterall, if an accessory or part doesn’t fit your bike, its nearly useless! It also provides a great risk – not all installation instructions or boxes clearly say what an accessory fits, so a buyer also…

How to Choose a Transformer

When choosing a transformer, there are two primary concerns: the load and the application. Several factors must be evaluated carefully while making the choice, to ensure that the needs of both primary concerns are met. To use a cliché, it is typically a ‘no-brainer’ to choose smaller transformers. A unit with a kVA rating that…

Locating the Best Espresso Machine Decalcifier

A good quality espresso machine decalcifier is an important investment to make if you own an espresso maker. Over time, the tap water you use will cause lime deposits to form, as most tap water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that get deposited when water heats. If left unchecked, this buildup can create…