Monthly Archives: September 2012

Before And After

Little by little, brick by brick, bit by bit, soon the sidewalk will be free of moss, mold,
dirt, grit and lichen!


Metal sash basement windows! They survive everywhere!

Rarely assaulted by children’s baseballs or random vandalism and firmly mortared into the brick facade as part of the original construction they quietly rust into oblivion.

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Boom! goes the dynamite!

Wow! Adventure pops up when least expected and slaps a fella up the side of the head!

Okay, the good news…. Thursday evening last as I drove in a torrential, street flooding,
swift water rescue type thunderstorm with visibility down to about 20 feet, the
front passenger side tire popped and COMPLETELY deflated in
3.2 seconds apropos of nothing—thankfully at a speed well under the speed limit.

The bad news… my truck, which had been maneuvering up hill and down dale in ankle
deep rushing water now handled with the grace of movement on the washboardiest of washboard roads.

A tire with at least 30,000 miles and 3 years of life left before retirement had
inexplicably failed at the height of a monsoon with no place to park or pull over.

In decades of road travel I never experienced anything quite like this.

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Fans of the Curiosity Bin (LINK HERE) might be intrigued by my latest adventure – an
opportunity to examine a crate of an early (Think Generation 1.0) example of
evacuated glass.

A form of insulated glass, evacuated glass consists of two layers of glass molded
together with an air space separating them from each other. Imagine a glass bottle
flattened into a window pane.

Unlike the Thermopane style insulated glass there is no spacer bar and each pane
is completely sealed and remarkably thin. These examples made some thirty odd
years ago were thicker than laminated glass but thinner than the current insulated
panes common to the vinyl insulated window industry.

It is difficult for photographs to do justice to this remarkable cache from the
past, but I tried.

I have no idea who made them or the R value of one pane.

Here are some educational links I found on line:



Travel now down the trail to yesteryear when kids were kids and parents built
fantasy forts for them to use.

At the height of the Lowe’s inspired Treeless Treehouse Frenzy (explained LINK HERE)
a client called and said he wanted something a little more elaborate than
the prepackaged economy kit style Treehouse design.

So he gave me some sketches and we built one of the most elaborate Playhouses
I have ever been asked to assemble—especially for the time (1988).

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