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    Jail medical wing renovation expected to be ready end of November – Rome News-Tribune - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Floyd County Jail medical wing is on track for completion at the end of November, despite the initial worry that the coronavirus pandemic might slow the process down.

    The remaining construction is mostly electrical, plumbing, drywall installation and painting the walls, but both Floyd County Jail Administrator Maj. Bob Sapp and Carroll Daniel Construction Superintendent John Dooly feel good about the process and timing.

    Weve been assisting with inmate labor, which has helped tremendously, Sapp said. In fact, right now we have inmates priming the walls and helping set sheet rock.

    The renovation is phase one of a 2017 special purpose, local option sales tax project. Construction began in the spring, right when the pandemic hit Northwest Georgia.

    It (the pandemic) puts a damper on things, trying to keep people at a distance, Dooly said. It does slow things down a little bit trying to get everyone to work safely, which theyve been doing great at. Probably the biggest thing is getting the products and materials out there, because a lot of those companies have shut down so that throws us a little bit behind... Other than that, weve been doing pretty good.

    For a jail, a medical facility has to be just as impregnable and secure as the other parts of the building.

    Any kind of mechanical, electrical or plumbing is very specialized, Sapp said. Every piece of equipment in here is extremely sophisticated... you cant just call a plumber to fix something at the jail because its unlike anything a regular plumber has ever seen.

    The ceiling itself has an iron mesh grid to prevent inmates from breaking through. The walls are also reinforced with metal studs and high velocity impact sheetrock.

    Its extremely heavy, it takes two to three guys to just carry a sheet of it, Sapp said. And it goes over the iron mesh on both sides of the wall and the steel beams inside.

    The floor itself is 12 inches of solid concrete to prevent any further breaking.

    The medical facility will have about 16 to 20 beds on both the male and female sides, as well as two isolation rooms for inmates with infectious diseases, a dentistry room, a break room and offices for the doctors.

    Every cell and bed will be suicide-resistant as well, which includes bolted down beds and reinforced utilities. This is to prevent anyone from intentionally hurting themselves or fashioning any sort of weapon from the bed frame, bathroom mirror or other parts of the cell.

    Were lucky to have had Carroll Daniel Construction oversee this because theyve done such a special job with this project, Sapp said.

    Staff is currently in the process of getting phase two of the SPLOST project started, which will begin converting side five of the jail into a mental health wing. The mental health wing will be able to house 40 to 45 inmates.

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    Once flooded by Harvey, the new home of AIA Houston and the Architecture Center is almost open – Laredo Morning Times - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of both the AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston, poses at the reception desk in the newly renovated center, which is home to AIA Houston. Renovations on the site -- a historic downtown building -- were nearly complete in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey flooded it. They had to start completely over, including installing more flood mitigation.

    Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of both the AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston, poses at the reception desk in the newly renovated center, which is home to AIA Houston. Renovations on the site

    Photo: Gary Fountain, Houston Chronicle / Contributor

    Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of both the AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston, poses at the reception desk in the newly renovated center, which is home to AIA Houston. Renovations on the site -- a historic downtown building -- were nearly complete in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey flooded it. They had to start completely over, including installing more flood mitigation.

    Rusty Bienvenue, executive director of both the AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston, poses at the reception desk in the newly renovated center, which is home to AIA Houston. Renovations on the site

    Once flooded by Harvey, the new home of AIA Houston and the Architecture Center is almost open

    For seven years now, Rusty Bienvenue has been steeped in issues of construction, engineering, raw materials, fund raising, insurance and grant applications. He never imagined hed have to seek advice on flood mitigation, navigate intricate insurance channels or search for the best acoustician he could find.

    Late in the summer of 2017, Bienvenue, executive director of both the Architecture Center Houston and the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and his staff were just a few weeks away from moving into their new home in the historical B.A. Reasoner Building after a lengthy and intricate buildout.

    What: virtual home tour using videos of 15 home projects by Houston architects

    When: Oct. 24

    Where: AIAHoustonhometour.org

    Cost: free

    Like much of downtown, the building was flooded by Hurricane Harveys relentless rain that left 4 feet of water in what was to be the centers new home at 900 Commerce. Originally known as the B.A. Reasoner Building, it went up in 1906, just a block from the historical marker that recognizes Allens Landing, where the Allen brothers founded the city of Houston.

    AIA Houston and the Architecture Center are separate organizations but are intricately linked, as AIA Houston makes its home in the center. For a decade, they had saved money from programs and galas to pay for their $1.3 million building and its initial $950,000 renovation.

    Hurricane Harvey sent them back to the drawing board, having to start over and incorporate more flood mitigation, all of which cost $1.6 million. Though they had flood insurance, their settlement with FEMA was a mere $248,000, leaving them on the hunt for grants including some from the Brown and Elkins Foundations and the Downtown Management District and other donations.

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    AIA Houston had its own competition to determine which local architecture firm would reimagine the space, and Murphy Mears Architects won; Cardno and Walter P Moore handled engineering.

    Bienvenue and his staff will move in at the end of October, and on Nov. 9 the 5,400-square-foot center will debut its first exhibit by reservation only and in very small groups Houston 2020 Visions, an exhibit about flooding, resiliency and the citys future. Already it is online at Houston2020Visions.org.

    We own it and feel like it could be a model of resilience strategy for how you live in a floodplain, Bienvenue said of the new Architecture Center Houston. We think its unethical and immoral to abandon old buildings if you can figure out how to save them.

    On Oct. 24, the groups annual home tour will be conducted virtually online at AIAHoustonhometour.org. The tour is one of the citys most prestigious, a juried collection of homes designed by local architects and open to the public.

    This years tour, however, is virtual and includes videos of 15 homes, most of which are local. There are a few country homes and one in Australia, but they all represent the work of Houston architects.

    They include a tiny home, others on the small side and some that are considerably larger and more luxurious. A video of New Hope Housing, an award-winning apartment building for those with very low income, is included.

    Bienvenues tour of the new Architecture Center still shows some work to be done, but its mostly cleanup. The concrete floors will be sealed and polished, but speckles of darker aggregate in the mix show through.

    Most of the cast-in-place concrete walls will remain bare, though some have plaster and a couple have drywall. One of those is a panel with drywall front and back installed on a track that moves through the main exhibit space.

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    The new Architecture Center Houston, home of AIA Houston, is in the B.A. Reasoner Building, built in 1909.

    The new Architecture Center Houston, home of AIA Houston, is in the...

    Flood mitigation measures installed beyond their first buildout include exterior steel panels with caulking, round plugs in the floor that would pop up to relieve hydrostatic pressure should floodwater come from underneath the building and a protective bathtub in the center of the main space.

    Its meant to withstand 8 or 9 feet of water, allowing some to go in to protect the buildings structure. Bienvenue explained that the pressure of floodwater on a water-tight building would cause the walls to collapse. Allowing some water in causes damage but prevents destruction, he said.

    That bathtub or submarine, as Bienvenue calls it, is a watertight, bunker-like cube in the center, with flood doors to keep its contents dry and safe. Its where the computers and equipment are located, so they wouldnt be ruined in flooding.

    The main part of the centers space is for exhibits a big open room with concrete floors and walls and smaller tracks in the ceiling from which exhibit panels could hang.

    A reception desk near the center bathtub was pushed back to be more welcoming, inviting people in instead of stopping them at the door. Its a work of art on its own, a Murphy Mears design with a Corten steel envelope fabricated by artist George Sacaris on a wooden base created by Brochsteins, a Houston firm known for its fine woodwork and cabinet making.

    Meeting space on the side has panels that can open or close to allow one large space or two smaller rooms; its furniture is on wheels and modular so it can be reshaped to any groups need.

    One of the biggest visual changes is the lack of drywall. The Harvey flooding caused the architects to rip out drywall everywhere. In their second go-around, drywall was kept to a minimum for easier cleanup in case of future flooding.

    There are also interesting panels on the ceiling, with beveled holes cut in what looks like a celestial pattern. Theyre simply plywood panels painted white, with the holes cut both to allow light to come through and to maximize acoustics. Bienvenue said the panels manage sound so well that events wont even require microphones.

    The Houston 2020 Visions exhibit will be the next event held here, and when the coronavirus pandemic has waned enough, Bienvenue said that AIA and the Architecture Center hope this can be a venue for other groups.

    Its built for architecture and design, and well define that broadly. We dont mind if parties and weddings are held here, Bienvenue said. We want the space to be activated.

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    5 tiny offices that let you work from your own backyard – Insider – INSIDER - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, working from home was seen by some as a once-in-a-while luxury, something you had to clear with supervisors to make sure your work production didn't suffer. But since mid-March, millions of people have been working remotely from home. Now, companies like Dropbox and Microsoft are letting their employees work from home permanently, and many other companies are considering letting employees continue to work from home after the pandemic.

    For some, the transition to working from home was seamless and even benefited their mental health, but for others, trying to balance family life and work life under one roof has been challenging. Enter backyard offices, the newest trend in the tiny living world hoping to spice up the work-from-home game.

    With companies looking for an alternative to office space and people in need of a new home office, here are five tiny office companies around the world offering a fresh perspective on working from home.

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    Behind the scenes of Butler’s science complex construction – The Butler Collegian - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The first phase of construction will be complete by fall 2021. Photo by Meghan Stratton.

    MEGHAN STRATTON | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | mrstratt@butler.edu

    Since breaking ground over a year ago, the massive, cordoned construction zone between Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Building has given way to a brand-new connector building and the beginnings of a glittering glass atrium. The 96,000-square-foot project is the result of over ten years of planning, and as the metal framework grows every day, Butlers vision for a cutting-edge new science complex is coming to life.

    There were several different groups involved in the initial project proposal, but it wasnt until June 2019 that the Board of Trustees officially approved the plans. LuAnne McNulty, associate dean and chemistry department chair, said she and Jay Howard, dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences, were on pins and needles awaiting the results of the Boards decision.

    And I think, for days, both of us just walked around on a cloud of air because it was so exciting, McNulty, also a chemistry professor, said. And it was also, I think, for a lot of people, kind of an emotional moment, because so many of us came here and have been working in these facilities that we were told would be eventually upgraded. And so when it finally happened, it was just like, Oh my gosh.

    After the announcement, Butler worked to solidify its plans and divided the construction process into three phases. Phase I will be completed in fall 2021, and the construction of the remaining two phases is on track to be completed by 2023. The project will add 11 classrooms of different sizes, the largest of which will be able to seat 75 students. Additionally, the complex will provide dedicated spaces for biology, chemistry, psychology, physics and engineering dual degree program majors.

    Butler is hoping to raise $42 million of the $100 million renovation budget from donors. Meagan Burton-Krieger, development officer for university advancement, said donors have already contributed around $30 million in gifts and commitments.

    The beauty of that is that we have so many passionate alumni and friends who are into what this building will mean, both to our students and our faculty but also to the city and to the industry around town, Burton-Krieger said.

    Phase I

    Phase I of the science complex construction project focuses on connecting Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Building through the creation of a new connector building. This building will house classrooms, private study areas, a completely renovated science library, research labs and common spaces.

    The buildings central focus is a large glass atrium, which is currently in the final stages of installation and completion. The atrium will serve as a common collaboration space, designed for students to casually socialize or to gather for larger assemblies like poster sessions and guest speakers.

    Burton-Krieger said this space is designed intentionally; the science departments have traditionally struggled to figure out where to hold these types of events, as there is currently no large gathering space located near the science buildings.

    The new science complex will feature an atrium with glass windows. Photo by Xan Korman.

    Furniture for the atrium, which is currently being finalized, will include several small tables and chairs for gathering, as well as larger couches and individual chairs by the windows. Toward the west end, the atrium will also feature risers for students to gather on, as part of the Fenneman Gateway donor space.

    Construction has begun on the risers that students will be able to gather on. Photo by Xan Korman.

    Once completed, the risers will look similar to depiction in the renderings. Rendering courtesy of Butler University Office of Advancement.

    The second floor of the connector building will hold the newly-renovated science library, which is now one floor instead of two. The library will feature a back wall made entirely of glass windows, collaborative group study spaces and individual study hubs. The science library is scheduled to open in March 2021, but the details of how students will enter amid construction is still being determined.

    There are a couple of ways in, so were just trying to figure it out at that point with where we are construction wise, Burton-Krieger said.

    The complex will feature a renovated science library. Photo by Xan Korman.

    The renovated science library will feature study spaces for groups and individuals. Rendering courtesy of Butler University Office of Advancement.

    Next to the science library, there will be a classroom computer lab. There will also be a study space walled off by glass, similar to the Lacy School of Business Innovation Commons. Additionally, on the second floor there will be a classroom with a retractable glass wall meant to accommodate both open and closed environments, depending on the need. Burton-Krieger said this points back to the idea of collaboration within the sciences.

    In the complex, there will be a classroom with a retractable glass wall for open and closed environments. Rendering courtesy of Butler University Office of Advancement.

    NcNulty said the research and teaching labs were designed with the future of science in mind. Even if science changes drastically in the next 20 years, McNulty said the facilities were designed to be changeable which translates to the implementation of pod seating and moveable coursework.

    Construction has begun on chemistry and biochemistry resources and classrooms within the complex. Photo by Xan Korman.

    New biochemistry research labs will be included in the new complex. Rendering courtesy of Butler University Office of Advancement.

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    The science complex will also feature new organic chemistry labs. Rendering courtesy of Butler University Office of Advancement.

    Phase I of the construction process has not come without outside influences: first, the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and sent students home from campus. However, Eric Zeronik, senior superintendent at Pepper Construction of Indiana, said the pandemic has not had a big impact on the construction.

    We were back here on our own and able to work, not outside of the limits or anything, but we were able to take advantage of a quiet campus, Zeronik said.

    Despite the pandemic, the project is still on schedule for the original 2023 completion date, although the company did see a few minor delays for materials like glass. The construction project is essentially following the same health policy as Butler: workers are required to do a health check with temperature monitoring each day. Zeronik said they have only had about five workers self-quarantine, but that there havent been any positive COVID-19 cases on the project.

    Pepper Construction is also currently priming to conduct construction in the cold winter months. To prepare, they are currently completely renovating the Holcomb Building roof and adding drywall to the connector building at a rate of 170 drywall sheets per day. Zeronik said the construction company is in the process of getting air handler units, what he calls the heart and lungs of the building, so the project will have hot air for the winter.

    We have it to the point now where the main structure is up, were really getting the envelope buttoned up for the winter, Zeronik said. So when the colder weather comes in, well be dry.

    Phase II

    After the connector building is completed for fall 2021, the construction will shift focus to renovating and repurposing the Holcomb Building. The first floor of Holcomb will house the psychology major and neuroscience minor departments, while the physics department will be on the second floor. Finally, Butlers IT department and the dual-engineering program will be located on the third floor.

    The Holcomb renovation will add classrooms and research labs in addition to common work spaces. Holcomb was the previous home of the Lacy School of Business until fall 2019, and thus the entire construction project needed to wait until the business school moved into their new building.

    Phase III

    After Holcomb is completely renovated, Gallahue Hall will be the next construction focal point. The biology and microbiology departments will be housed in the basement and ground floor of Gallahue, and the chemistry and biochemistry departments will occupy the second and third floors.

    There will be several added classrooms and research labs in Gallahue as well. Specifically, one lab on the second floor will be dedicated to biochemical research.

    It really is an interdisciplinary space Burton-Krieger said. Theres going to be a research space in there that really puts faculty who work together on the same topic together, versus by discipline.

    Additionally, the current auditorium in Gallahue will receive considerable renovations and refreshments to the space. It will continue to serve as a classroom for large lectures.

    Looking toward future phases

    As Butler has seen a 50% enrollment increase in the past decade, Burton-Krieger said the science departments will be at capacity upon completion of the science complex expansion and renovation. The college of liberal arts and sciences is the largest college on campus, with over 35 programs.

    Burton-Krieger said Butler has done two things intentionally in the construction process: allocated potential expansion room on the roof for a fourth floor, and left room at the back of the current expansion.

    The complex will have a campus-wide impact, since all Butler students are required to take a Natural World class with a lab element as part of the core curriculum.

    Not only does it impact our science majors and our COPHS majors, but also with the core requirement, every student will benefit from this building, which is one of the very few places on campus that actually happens, Burton-Krieger said. So this is a project that is for all Butler students.

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    Impact of COVID-19 on Drywall and Insulation – The Shutdown of Non Essential Construction Left Many Construction Projects Unfinished -… - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ResearchAndMarkets.com published a new article on the construction industry "Impact of COVID-19 on Drywall and Insulation"

    Housing completions fell by 7.3% between April 2020 and May 2020 and declined by 9.3% in May 2020 versus May 2019. The specialty trade contracting industry gained 325,300 jobs between April 2020 and May 2020 however industry employment was down 6.4% in May 2020 compared to May 2019. Demand for drywall is predicted to increase as the housing market recovers from COVID-19. Gypsum prices rose by 1.5% in May 2020 after a decline of 1.3% in April 2020. Prices are down 8.3% from the most recent peak in March 2018.

    The shutdown of non essential construction left many construction projects unfinished. Since drywall and insulation installations typically occur towards the end of the project, in many cases this work was not completed. This created the risk of material degradation as well as water damage for partially built structures. Some contractors are concerned that there could be a decline in construction spending once projects started earlier in the year are completed. This is because developers may be more cautious until the economy has fully recovered.

    To see the full article and a list of related reports on the market, visit "Impact of COVID-19 on Drywall and Insulation"

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    Evin at Oconomowoc on track to finish by October – Greater Milwaukee Today - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    OCONOMOWOC The citys newest senior living facility, Evin at Oconomowoc, 1101 Silver Lake St., is on track to be completed by October after breaking ground last summer.

    The 80-room development being built by Matter Development in partnership with Koru Health is fully enclosed with the exterior shell being installed on the building, said Matter Development CEO Aaron Matter.

    Matter said things are going well at the project with the inside being defined and laid out, but not having the drywall installed as of yet.

    Ultimately the next step on the interior is ... theyre installing all the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems including the HVAC systems in the building, Matter said.

    The HVAC system Evin at Oconomowoc is installing is a special system that helps keep the residents stay safe, Matter said. The system is hospital grade and is the same one being used at facilities around the country, Matter said.

    We recognize that there are big issues related to resident safety that were experiencing right now in the world, especially for seniors, Matter said. So the system we're installing in the building has been shown to be effective against removing the coronavirus from the air. Its something that I think will give people a lot of peace of mind for going above and beyond on that.

    In a press release, Matter said Evin at Oconomowocs innovation for keeping their residents safe extends to touchable surfaces as well, with installing keyless locks, a video-capable entrance system for visitors so residents can see who is visiting them and commercial laundry machines for higher levels of sanitation.

    The release states while Evin is prioritizing its residents through innovative practices, it is also thinking about the families and residents lifestyle.

    President of Koru Health Andy Lange said Evin is creating a personal safety visitor lounge with a separate exterior entrance, and special considerations that allow the most opportunities possible for safe visiting by families and friends if there is a future flare up.

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    Around the House: Cover up cracked patio with a new deck – Colorado Springs Gazette - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dear Ken: I have an old patio, and I need to give it a facelift. Should I patch it? Repour or replace it? Pete

    Answer: Most of these attached concrete patios end up settling, cracking or both. Theyre ugly and in many cases let water drain toward the house. Its quite expensive to tear out and replace them since the old and the new concrete are heavy and difficult to get through the backyard around landscaping and fences. And so-called cosmetic coatings usually dont last as long as youd like (and theyre expensive, too!).

    A better idea is to cover up these old white elephants with a brand-new surface to wit: a new deck. Leave the old patio right where it is and use it, instead, as a huge footer to hold up the new surface. This is really one of the easiest framing jobs youll ever encounter, so lets get started.

    We simply build an underlying framework of treated lumber (the green stuff) to hold up the new deck boards. You can use say, treated 2-by-8s for your floor joists and space them 16 inches or 24 inches apart, depending on the span. The lumber yard can help you figure out size and spacing of the supports.

    But heres the slick part: After you set out the floor joists in rows, you simply install 2x4 legs of the same treated lumber every 3 feet or so, sticking right down to the old patio. Mark each leg in its place, and theyll cut off at whatever angle the patio surface has settled to. Attach it all together with the same screws youll use for the decking. Youll be amazed at how strong the whole thing will be with these vertical legs underneath.

    Now the decking. There are at least three choices here. Sorted by price, lowest to high: pressure-treated Southern yellow pine, redwood or plastic composite. The first two, of course, require periodic stripping and restaining while plastic is essentially maintenance-free.

    For the redwood or pine, the decking looks best-proportioned with 2x6 boards, screwed to the under frame with zinc-coated (gold or silver) 3-inch screws. Space them ever-so-slightly apart (the thickness of a nickel is OK), and, when theyre dry, theyll be just the right distance apart.

    Wait a month or so (longer during these monsoons) to finish the boards. Choose a linseed oil-based product, like Super Deck, Behr or Cabots. If you prefer water-based, Olympic Ultimate, six-year, works well.

    The plastic decking systems usually require special screws and some even come with hidden plastic clips that give a uniform appearance without the intrusion of fasteners.

    Dear Ken: I have an attic fan that which seems to run all the time. Whats going on? Alan

    Answer: If it never goes off even at night then it probably needs a service call. Ill assume that the thermostat on the fan is preset around 105 degrees. Im sure that your overnight attic temperature gets below that.

    So you probably need some more attic ventilation. Proper circulation up there relies on bottom-to-top movement of air. So, the most likely culprit is those little soffit vents, up behind the gutters. Shine a light into them and see if theyre covered over with insulation. If so, remove it.

    One way to keep track of this is to install a sensor for a remote-reading thermostat in the attic. That way you can correlate the temperature with the on-and-off operation of the fan.

    Dear Ken: One of my electric circuits always seems to be going out. What should I do? Ed

    Answer: It sounds like either an overload youre running too many things on the circuit or a weak circuit breaker. If youre comfortable around the breaker box, you can switch the offending one temporarily with another. If the new breaker stays on, then the original breaker is probably failing. They do age and sometimes just wear out. On the other hand, if the circuit keeps going out, it could be overloaded; remember that anything that produces heat draws lots of current.

    Dear Ken: My dishwasher doesnt fill up with enough water. Whats going on? Rachel

    Answer: Check the float its a dome-shaped device that sits in the bottom of the dishwasher tub and senses when the right amount of water has entered. If it doesnt move up and down freely, service it or replace. Also, the inlet pipe and/or valve may be clogged. Youll have to remove the front panel, disconnect the pipe and run water into a bucket to test it.

    While youre in there, clean the drain filter in the bottom of the dishwasher and unscrew the spray arm and clean out the holes.

    Dear Ken: I have a drywall crack in the living room ceiling of my 1963 house. How can I make it quit cracking and patch it? Dawn

    Answer: If theres more than one layer of roofing on your house, added load from snow may be overstressing the rafter system. Generally, straight cracks (along a drywall seam) are less worrisome than random ones. Otherwise, spackling and the spray-texture-in-a-can is the only solution.

    If it keeps coming back, one answer is to apply a decorative board to the ceiling to look like an intentional decorative or structural element.

    Dear Ken: Ive got a sump pump pit in the basement with no pump, but it has some water in it that smells. What should I do? Sam

    Answer: The smell can be ameliorated with a capful of Clorox in the water. If youre going on long vacations this summer, you might want to install a sump pump into the pit and run its pipe outdoors. But I must tell you that, if you only have some water in it after all this rain, youve lucked out!

    Ken Moon is a home inspector in the Pikes Peak region. His radio show airs at 4 pm Saturdays on KRDO, FM 105.5 and AM 1240. Visit http://www.aroundthehouse.com

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    Building trade skills and a new home, Oakland Schools cuts ribbon on student house project – The Oakland Press - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Nineteen students from nine different high schools have built a new home that will be installed on a lot in Pontiac for a family in need.

    The house built by 19 Oakland Schools students in Pontiac.

    Its the second year for the educational construction project at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast. Under the instruction of teachers and industry professionals, the students spent 7,300 hours building the 1,368 square-foot home.

    Oakland County and Oakland Schools representatives cut the ribbon.

    A ribbon cutting for the project was held on Wednesday, July 1. Shortly after, the 164,000-pound house was transported to Pontiac, where the Community Housing Network will match it with new homeowners.

    This program allows students to gain essential skills for working in the real world, Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson said.

    Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson speaks prior to the ribbon cutting of the second home to be built at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast Campus.

    From raising the framing to installing plumbing, electrical, windows, insulation and drywall, the students spend the school year bringing the house to completion. When class was let out early this March due to the coronavirus, the schools partners in the trades industry stepped in to finish the job, according to Paul Galbenski, dean at the technical campus.

    Students at the ribbon cutting for the home they built with Oakland Schools.

    These students have turned a pile of wood into a home that, when they pass by 10 or 25 years from now, they can still see what it is they accomplished here, Galbenski said.

    Construction technology students at Oakland Schools take one last look at the home they spent months building which will now make its way to Pontiac.

    Students from this years home building project come from: Pontiac High School, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Auburn Hills Avondale High School, Rochester High School, Rochester Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Adams High School, Oxford High School, Lake Orion High School and the Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy.

    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmers recommendation Tuesday that the MHSAA play football and other fall sports in the spring of 2021 to combat

    A 20-year-old Pontiac woman was saved Monday night by Oakland County Sheriff's deputies after she tried to kill herself by cutting her wrist a

    Most fireworks displays, ceremonies and festivities are canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns. However a few communities and lake

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    Ace is the place with the Mean Mask Lady – The Bakersfield Californian - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    She's kind of a cross between your grandma and an Army drill sergeant.

    Shelia Garrett, the lead cashier at Ace Hardware on Rosedale Highway, is in her 16th year at the family-owned store. But this year she's starting to earn a reputation as "The Mean Mask Lady" for her straightforward,no-nonsense approach to customers who feel the need to challenge the store's requirement that masks must be worn inside.

    "Shelia's not really mean," said assistant manager Donald Johnson. "She's just the first one customers see when they come in."

    Indeed, Garrett is often working the cash register right inside the front door. And when someone comes in without a mask, she's no shrinking violet.

    "I will say something," she said.

    And word has been getting around. Garrett has become something of a local celebrity for her uncanny ability to make grown men feel like they're in trouble with their third-grade teacher.

    What's a macho, drywall-installing, red-blooded American male supposed to do when this grandmotherly type lays down the law?

    There's only one thing to do, unless he doesn't mind coming off like a real jerk.

    Garrett can laugh about it, but she says this has been her toughest year yet in retail.

    The big chalkboard outside is clear: "Masks are required," it says.

    But apparently it's not that simple.

    Every employee at the store wears a mask for eight or nine hours a day (apparently without suffering oxygen depravation), yet some customers act like wearing a mask for a few minutes in the store isa major inconvenience.

    And the employees have heard it all.

    "Its against my religion."

    "I have a medical condition."

    "I vowed I would never wear a mask, and Im not going to start now."

    "I might be mistaken for a robber."

    And being sworn at. Yes, it's a thing.

    It's even gotten physical, Johnson said.

    According to multiple news reports, a Target employee in Van Nuys was injured after helping to remove two customers who refused to wear masks.

    In Pennsylvania, a convenience store clerk was punched in the face after declining service to a man without a mask.

    And there's been much worse.

    "I've been here a long time," Garrett said. "Most customers are good about it."

    It only takes one or two to ruin your day.

    On Friday, Gilbert Beal was shopping at Ace with his 5-year-old son, Liam. Both father and son were wearing masks.

    "The way I understand it, wearing a mask doesn't protect us, it protects those around us," said the Marine veteran turned law enforcement officer.

    "It's gotten to the point some people are getting out of hand," he said. "Put a mask on. Be courteous to others."

    Whatever Garrett and her co-workers are doing seems to be working. Compliance for the mask requirement is virtually 100 percent at Ace.

    Down the street at the big-box Lowe's Home Improvement store, mask compliance was only about 40 percent on Thursday afternoon. Even some employees weren't wearing a mask.

    Customer Roslyn Atherly, however, was masked up as she exited the store.

    "I am concerned," she said as she stopped to talk.

    After seeing so many customers without masks, even as the county of Kern is seeing an increase in reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Atherly said the community's behavior is worrisome.

    "You don't have to have symptoms to pass on the infection," she said.

    These are strange times. But Garrett seems to have a knack for enforcing a requirement that not everyone cares to abide by. And she does it with class.

    She's not afraid to give customers the business even as they're giving the store theirs.

    Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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    Ace is the place with the Mean Mask Lady - The Bakersfield Californian

    Rosie on the House: Any load-bearing wall can be removed, but itll cost you – Arizona Daily Star - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A: When the wall is removed, it will be replaced with a horizontal beam, which will be supported at each end by a vertical post. These posts carry the concentrated load of all the ceiling and roof weight. This project definitely requires permitting. The permit will dictate that a construction engineer ensure that the replacement posts and beam are sufficient to hold the weight that is being displaced by the removal of the wall.

    Q: What are the steps in the removal of the wall?

    A: The right way to remove the wall involves prep work, creating a footing and installing the posts and beam.

    Whether the beam is exposed is a matter of preference. Some homeowners like the look of the exposed wood. It does cost a bit more to recess the beam.

    If the beam is exposed, it is attached to the bottom of the joists. This beam will be exposed when the drywall is replaced. It can be stained or painted to accent the room. If it is preferred that the beam is hidden, the ceiling joist will be cut just enough to slip the beam up so that it will be flush with the ceiling. Ceiling joists must be anchored to beams with appropriate hardware.

    Q: What is involved after the beam is installed?

    A: Heres a checklist for finishing the job:

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