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If you are a teacher, you are familiar with the “whiteboard,” also called the “dry erase board.” It has replaced the chalkboard in most schools. Also it’s common in the workplace for lectures, strategy meetings etc. It consists of a laminated glossy white surface on which you write with colored markers. When it first appeared in the late 1980s,it was touted as a modern, much-improved alternative to the chalkboard. This was bullshit. Proponents of the whiteboard claimed that the traditional chalk board was messy and too dusty. Chalk dust could affect kids with asthma. If you’re older than 40, you may remember your grade school teacher sending a volunteer outside to clap clean the chalk-filled felt erasers every day....
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Since a few of you asked, I thought  I'd share how I made the "floating" specters I used in my Ghostbusters display this year. It's pretty simple to recreate and because of its size, has a great impact. You'll need: pvc pipe + connectors + glue, chicken wire, black cloth, cheese cloth, black gloves, thin gauge wire to attaching the cloth to the chicken wire frame, thicker gauge wire to use to form the hands.  If you don't have dirt to stake the pipe into, you'll also need a bucket and cement to create a base.1. Create the armature using the pvc pipe and connectors.  I didn't measure anything exactly, just use own body to estimate the size of the shoulders and arms.  Glue together. (If you are using the bucket stand method, now is a good time to set that up.)2....
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I’ve got a fun one for you today… Ever wanted to live in a former prison? Yeah me too. Here’s your chance! Located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, this old place was used as the Carbon County Prison from 1871 to 1995. It was purchased privately in 1995 and then opened as tourist attraction – which […]...
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Last week we showed you one of the houses that is a final contender in our search for a second home. As you may have expected from our preferences and our current home, it is an older farmhouse filled with character, charm, and potential. But today we're going to share a house with you that might really surprise you. I know it surprised us.While looking at a few different houses with a realtor in Maryland she said, "I have a listing for a house with an amazing view, great land, and tons of potential...it's just not the style and age I think you're going for, but you might still want to consider it."I'll tell you one thing, she was 100% correct. The house, a three bedroom, two and a half bath 1980s ranch, was situated on an inlet to the bay with sweeping and open views of the water....
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After three years in the making, the boiler epic finally wrapped today. I have a brand new, Williamson 140,000 BTU steam boiler.Granted, it's not on the epic scale of Lord of the Rings but I think it took even longer to complete it. This story began in 2011 with this tale of woe.  I had big plans about extending the house renovation by gettting rid of steam heating altogether and replumbing the house for hot water heat instead.  It made sense to do this for several reasons.  First is that hot water heat is cheaper to run.  You're not heating a cauldron of water to the boiling point and having static pressure force steam evenly throughout the house....
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KEEN Utility Braddock Work Boot Review We here at A Concord Carpenter have been wearing Keen Utility Boots on the job in all seasons for both indoor and outdoor work. Check out our reviews of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Birch Bay House-Lakes Region, NHIn this original design, the clients and our team collaborated on an exterior that fit into the context of the New Hampshire Lakes Region and an expansive, detailed interior with a calm and sophisticated feel. The first floor has ten foot high ceilings with transom windows to allow ample light into the house on the northern side which faces the lake. Both the exterior and interior have a consistently honed fit and finish that makes an appropriate and enjoyable lake home for this couple.www.boninarchitects.comOffices in New London & Meredith, NH...
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8, 10 and 12 kW Generators Make Standby Power More Accessible KOHLER, Wis. – September 23, 2014 – Kohler® Generators is rolling out a complete new line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Hey there! Long time no see. The break has been great. Admittedly a little weird, but really reinvigorating. So we’re immensely thankful not only for your support and kind comments, but also for helping put words to some of the things that we had been feeling for some time. And while the last month hasn’t been enough time to fill in all of the blanks about our future (heck, when are life’s blanks ever clearly filled in?) it has made one thing pretty obvious to us: after seven awesome years of sharing our home and our life, it’s time for our next adventure. This blog has been a staple in our lives for 80+ months, tagging along for all but three months of our marriage and our entire existence as parents....
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I had a pretty good day planned yesterday. I was going to get a jump start on winterizing my yard, cleaning and taking down the rain barrels, etc. so that I wouldn't be in a mad rush when things started cooling down in late October. Everything was going pretty good until I started some digging and began looking more closely at the grasses that were growing on the corner of the front yard.   These grasses aren't visible anywhere else in the yard and they seemed to be getting a little out of control. I figured that I better nip this in the bud, literally, and began pulling the grass out. Some of it came out easy but I could tell there was a more significant root system than I first thought....
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