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Mitigate the Industry’s Labor Shortage With Forward-Thinking Construction Practices

Mitigate the Industry’s Labor Shortage With Forward-Thinking Construction Practices | 2021-11-19 | Walls & Ceilings 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. Learn More This website requires…

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Shopper’s Diary: Old Faithful Opens a Second Vancouver Outpost

Vancouver’s Old Faithful Shop is named for its reliably well-made household goods and old-fashioned attentive service. Owner Walter Manning was born to his trade: his grandparents on both sides, and their parents before them, all ran general stores that served as community hubs. “I grew up in their backrooms and whether it was hereditary or through osmosis, I didn’t have much of a choice but to follow suit.” Rather than focus on humble basics, however, Walter has an eye for contemporary Japanese and Scandinavian design: furniture, lighting, tableware, and kitchen tools that elevate the everyday. We’ve been avidly browsing his…

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Can Minimalism and 5 Kids Co-Exist? A Design Couple’s Child-Friendly, Clutter-Free Home

When most of us see a blank wall, our urge is to cover it—with photos, posters, art, or color. But in the inviting home of Maria and Paul Le Mesurier, the founders of UK furniture company WoodEdit (see our story about it here), there is not a hint of wall art to be found, nor is there much color. “I can never see the point of using lots of different shades of paint,” Maria, who acts as the brand’s creative director, tells us. “Every hour of every day of every season, the light changes all the time, so the white…

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Defunct Landfills Offer New Opportunities for Solar Farms

The more than 10,000 closed or inactive landfills around the U.S. are ideal for developing more solar energy but remain an underused resource, a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says. Devoid of trees and other obstructions, landfills have good solar exposure, and turning them into solar farms would help municipalities meet renewable energy goals. Nationally, the amount of potential solar energy from these sites could be significant, the report says, enough to power 7.8 million homes. Turning closed landfills into active solar farms, however, is not common practice. Closed landfills are big enough for an estimated 63…

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How to Install a Utility Sink

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Fairly advanced plumbing skills are needed to connect the new sink to the existing water-supply pipes and drain lines. Estimated Time 4 to 6 hours In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to install a utility sink. Steps for installing a utility sink Turn off water Cut section from existing drain pipe and install a new Wye-fitting Assemble PVC pipe and fittings for new drain/vent system Glue drain/vent system to existing vent stack Rough in the PVC trap assembly Set the sink into position, inserting…

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Data Logging: Products and Performance

In the first post of this series, I gave an introduction to data logging as standard practice, and talked about types of problems it can help solve. Now, let’s talk products. As I mentioned, I am partial to Onset Hobo loggers. But there are a variety of data logging devices at all different price points. Lower-tier loggers The least expensive devices are off-brand versions that can be found for under $30 online. I bought one of these a few years back to test it against the brands I was using. The temperature and humidity readings seemed accurate and the unit…

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