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Ring vs SimpliSafe Review (2020)

The modern homeowner has more alternatives to traditional, wired, and landline-based home security systems than ever before, but it can be hard to tell the difference between all the new companies in the industry. In this comparison review, we’ll break down two of the most prominent home security companies—SimpliSafe and Ring—and compare their products, services, and costs to help you choose the best home security system for your home. Ring Home Security Ring is the first name in video doorbells and the product that birthed the company in 2013. Ring was purchased by Amazon in 2018 for $1.2 billion. Here’s…


Metl-Span Insulated Metal Panels Chosen for Campus Renovation

Metl-Span Insulated Metal Panels Chosen for Campus Renovation | 2020-07-08 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy.…


10 Easy Pieces: Portable Air Conditioners

If you’re in the north hemisphere, now is the time of year to consider an air conditioner. If you’re in an older building or small space (or both), a portable air conditioner can be unearthed or wheeled out every summer for that extra dose of needed cooling. There aren’t many portable A/C units that are good looking, unfortunately, but we’ve rounded up the 10 best looking, and top-performing air conditioners. N.B. For more see our post Remodeling 101: The Ins and Outs of Smart Air Conditioners. Above: The sleek-looking LG (LP0817WSR) 8,000 BTU White Portable Air Conditioner cools rooms up…


Keeping Cool: An Architect-Designed Ice Cream Shop in Vancouver

Mister Ice Cream in Vancouver offers the latest dessert craze—ice cream made to order using liquid nitrogen. (The technique has been popular in Asia for some time, say owners Michael Lai and Tommy Choi, and in San Francisco, Smitten Ice Cream is leading the charge.) Unlike readymade ice cream, which requires stabilizers such as eggs, the nitrogen technique mixes only fresh cream and milk with flavorings like sugar, salt, or chocolate. The ice cream, they report, is denser, smoother, and creamier. At Mister Ice Cream, the act of making is a show in itself; a row of KitchenAid mixers becomes enveloped in a chilly cloud…


How to Build a Prefab Stone Wall

Watch as Roger Cook visits a stone yard that makes stone walls in sections at their facility using a variety of natural field stone from disassembled old walls. Once the sections are built, Roger and Kevin O’Connor watch them get loaded onto the truck and taken to the project. In Newton, the crane lowers the sections right into place. One last stone is added over each seam and it looks like a traditional stone wall. Building a Stone Wall Building a stone wall by hand is typically a time-consuming and backbreaking 6-step process—from preparing the footing, laying the base course,…


The BS* + Beer Show: Pushing for the Win

Happy belated Independence day everyone. To celebrate the holiday a little early, we did something a bit different on the BS* + Beer Show last week. Instead of our usual panel discussion, we included all attendees and invited everyone to participate.In this open-format episode, after an introduction by John Deans, carpenter and marketing director at Emerald Builders, we had a lively discussion that included thoughts on how to educate clients, train employees and subs, and generally get everyone on board for shared goals of making a positive climate impact as we design and build efficient, comfortable, durable, and healthy homes.…

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