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New Home Construction Falls; Dashes Hopes from April

The construction industry came falling down in the month of May. The May construction permits fell which shows this industry is not healthy along with many others. However on May 18th I wrote an article that new home growth was on the rise. We asked the question whether or not it was due to the Tax Credit, apparently it was.

Alan Zibel an Associated Press Real estate writer posted an article titled "Home Construction Sinks Building Permits Down." Family home construction reduced 17 percent which is as Zibel writes "…the largest drop since 1991." As Americans and as readers it is our job to think for ourselves about what this says.

As I wrote in the May 18th article, a friend of mine in the lumber company said his company took a very conservative position with the supposed building increase because they thought it was due to the tax credit.

I actually think that Barack Obama wants to do well. I have no time for Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or much of the Democratic congress who I believe are out of touch with what is really going on. The bottom line is when Obama first came into office there was an incredible amount of credit that had to be given. That may have been true it was risky but I would not blame any president for doing what Obama did considering the state our country was in. Further, it was amazing the state of private industry how irresponsible they were in their actions.

However the government has gone on and continued to pass legislation which puts them in the position of having to pay for certain things such as continued unemployment. It is certainly not something that can be "something for nothing." There has to be a payer in any situation.

The reason there has not been much back lash so far is because of the consistent payments of unemployment. I have a friend who says he would not be doing as well as he is if it were not for unemployment. It is time that instead of having a one-party system that we start getting two views of the problems we have and start to really try and solve the problems instead of trying to legislate our way out.

Homebuilt Aircraft: Metal-Monocoque Construction

Home built aircraft can be built out of a variety of materials and the most common material is sheet metal. Sheet metal or metal-monocoque construction offers a lot of advantages for the construction or aircraft primarily that it is well suited to mass production. In the homebuilt market metal construction is the most common method of building an aircraft primarily because of the enormous popularity of the RV series of aircraft. Homebuilders also use metal because it is the most durable material available.

Metal is an excellent material for building aircraft, because it is so strong aircraft can be built out of thin sheets of metal keeping the weight quite low. It really is amazing how a flimsy sheet of metal can become incredibly strong just by changing its shape and inserting a few rivets. The metal of choice for most aircraft is aluminium, primarily because of its excellent strength to weight ratio.

Almost all certified airplanes are built using sheet metal, primarily because it is well suited to mass construction. Metal aircraft are also the most common homebuilt aircraft because they offer a number of advantages to the homebuilder. Probably the biggest advantage is the durability of metal aircraft, they have no restrictions on exposure to the elements like composite or wood airplanes do. They are also safer than composite airplanes in the event of a crash. They are also much easier to repair than wood or composite aircraft in the event of damage. Other advantages of metal is that it is relatively easy to work with, it is not temperature sensitive so your work shop doesn't need to be climate controlled, no harmful chemicals are used, and few people have allergies to metal.

The biggest disadvantage of metal airplanes is that they can't shaped into complex shapes like composites can be. This limit's the kinds of designs that can be built using metal construction. Another disadvantage of metal construction is that it can be quite tedious. There are a lot of rivets involved in building a metal airplane making the work very repetitive. There are also a lot of sharp edges when using metals, you will cut yourself.

Metal-moncoque construction has many advantages but like any material it also has its disadvantages. There is no such thing as the perfect material for building an aircraft, everything is a compromise. It is important that you do your research in order to ensure that you choose the best construction material for your homebuilt aircraft.

Homemade Crafts Using Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue and Crayons

There are several fun homemade craft ideas using construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons. All very affordable items you can pick up at your local dollar store. These four items can provide endless fun and possibilities for you kids on rainy days or just any time they want to be creative. We will look at several different craft ideas in this article. One tip for you. Check your local store at the beginning and end of the school year for great deals on craft supplies.

The first craft that kids can do with these four items are making cards. They can fold a piece of construction paper over to make a card shape. They can draw and color anything they wish on the inside and out. With construction paper you can also cut out shapes and glue them on the card. This is a great idea for Holidays, Birthdays and other special occasions.

A great craft idea for boys is to make paper airplanes. Most boys love making and flying them. They can use the crayons to make designs on their airplane masterpieces. They can also make airplanes of different sizes and colors.

Using construction paper they can design and make their own picture frames for pictures. They can cut out cute designs and glue them around the frame. They can frame regular pictures or even pictures they have drawn.

A cute craft using construction paper and glue is to make binoculars. Just have them roll up two pieces of construction paper and then glue them together on the side. Scissors may come in handy with this craft to shorten the binoculars. Another similar craft is to use just one piece of construction paper and make a telescope out of it. They can also color their binoculars and telescope with crayons and make designs on them.

A fun craft for both boys and girls is to make a butterfly using construction paper. The kids can draw a butterfly on the construction paper and then cut it out. They can color it however they wish. Construction paper butterflies are really pretty!

Construction paper flags are fun to make and very easy. Just using red, white and blue construction paper they can make their very own flag. They can hang it in their room or even on the refridgerator. This would be a great project for the 4th of July.

Most kids would love to be King or Queen of the day. Construction paper crowns are very fun and easy to make. They can shape them however they like. They can use crayons to draw jewels and designs on their crowns or even cut out shapes from other color construction paper to glue on.

Children’s handprints drawn on construction paper is a great way to create a keepsake. Just trace the child’s hand with a crayon or pen and then have them color it in. They can date it and write their name on the paper. This makes a great gift and keepsake for parents and grandparents.

For Holidays there is an endless supply of ideas using construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons. For Valentine’s Day they can make Valentine’s Day cards for parents and grandparents. They can also make smaller cards to hand out to friends. Even cutting out a big heart and decorating it is fun. For Easter they can cut out an egg and decorate it using the crayons or other colored construction paper. Perhaps drawing a huge 4 leaf clover or pot of gold in March. Christmas crafts are a lot of fun too. Drawing and decorating a Christmas tree on construction paper is a lot of fun. They can also cut out and decorate presents using the construction paper. Wreaths and ornaments are another fun craft. I am sure you can think of several other fun crafts to make for the Holidays.

These are just a few ideas to get you started on a fun adventure using construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons. Have fun!

Ladder Safety for Construction

One of the most dangerous tools on a construction site is a ladder. Falls from ladders lead to broken bones, serious internal injuries, and even death. OSHA recommends that you train each member on the construction site in the proper selection and use of a ladder.

Watch Your Step:

Many types of ladders are available, and each is designed for a specific type of work. There are step-ladders made for commercial and household use, extension ladders to reach high elevations, and rolling ladders for warehouse use. Ladders can be constructed of wood, metal, or fiberglass. A non-conductive ladder should be used on a construction site.

Choose Your Weapon:

Select the ladder that is right for the job. It should be the correct style and length. If you need to stretch to reach the work, then the ladder is too short. Never use a metal ladder if there is a chance of coming in contact with electricity.

Inspect the Ladder Prior to Use:

Never use a damaged ladder. Inspect the ladder prior to each use; never assume that the ladder is in good working condition. Check for cracks, damaged or missing parts, and corrosion. Make certain the ladder is clean and not slippery from an oil spill or other debris. If it is damaged, don’t use it; throw it in the trash.

Properly Set Up the Ladder:

A step ladder must be locked in the full open position. Never attempt to climb a stepladder that is partially collapsed.

Raising an extension ladder is a 2 man job. Lower the ladder before you attempt to move it to a new location. Extend the ladder 3 FT above the roof or working surface and tie the ladder off at the top.

Use the 4 to 1 rule when erecting an extension ladder. For every 4 FT of elevation, the base should be 1 FT from the wall.

Never lean the ladder against an unstable surface such as a stack of boxes. Never locate the ladder in front of an access door.

Work Safely:

Never sit or stand on the top 2 rungs of a step ladder. The ladder will become unstable, and you could easily fall.

Do not carry tools or equipment up a ladder. Use a rope to hoist tools to your location once you reach the top.

Never move a ladder when someone is standing on it.

Keep yourself centered on the ladder at all times. A good tip is to keep your belt between the rails at all times. Never lean to the side; get down and relocate the ladder.

How Do I Build Houses in the Game CityVille?

So, you have started playing the popular Zynga game, CityVille. The point of the game is to build up your population and businesses. In order to build your population for your city, you will need to build houses. So, your question is, how do you build houses in CityVille? Well, it takes a few steps, some energy, and some coins. In this guide, I will show you how to build houses in CityVille in order to build up your population. Visit your city and we will get started.

Buying a House in CityVille

You will need to start with buying a house in CityVille. We will start with the house that is the cheapest. Open your store by clicking the Build button in your menu. Then click on the House category at the top of the store. Browse through the store until you find the "Cozy Cottage." It will cost you 200 coins. Once you locate it, click it to buy it. Then move the house on your land until you have it in the spot you want to build it in. Once you have it in that location, you can click your mouse to drop it there. You are now ready to build the house.

Building Your House in CityVille

This house requires that you click it twice to build it. Once you get in the more expensive houses, you will need to click more. So, let's start the building. Click the house and wait for the bar to finish. Once it has finished, click the house again. Once the bar is finished again, your house will be finished. Now you will see the moving truck bringing people in to move into the house you just built.

Collecting Rent from Your House in CityVille

You can collect rent from the house you just built, once every hour. You will earn 50 coins every time you collect rent. When the rent is ready to be collected, you will see the coin floating above the house. Simply use your mouse and click the house to collect. When you see the coins lying around, run your mouse over them to collect them.

You can build as many houses as you. Build up your coins and go for some of the larger homes also.

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