Home & Kitchen Remodel with our Modern Contemporary Sophia Line Cabinets in Long Beach OC

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After searching for 90 days to find the best contractor to complete the extensive kitchen remodel this Long Beach family found APlus Interior Design and …


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1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 2-Door Sedan Street Machine (8 of 8)

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1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 2-Door Sedan Street Machine (8 of 8)

Photographed at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse "Toys for Tots" Car Cruise in Springfield, Illinois on October 10, 2009. This is an annual event held in association with the Cool Cruisers Car Club.


You are invited to stay and browse through my stream. Here’s a quick introduction to my little corner of Flickr:

Automobile Photographs
: This is a very large collection of images whose primary, but not exclusive, focus is on American automotive classics. Images are organized by decade, by manufacturer, and by topics (such as convertibles, station wagons, muscle cars, etc.)

Central Illinois (except Springfield)
: Central Illinois (except Springfield): Photos relating to the middle section of the "Land of Lincoln" (except for the Capital City of Springfield) may be found in this collection. Every city and town I’ve photographed is contained within its own set, and rural (as in "countryside") photographs are grouped by county.

Springfield, Illinois
: All of my photographs of Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Sites are in this collection. For the City of Springfield, there are separate sets for the Capitol Complex, Downtown (including the Old State Capitol), Neighborhoods, Parks, Illinois State Fairgrounds and more. Photographs of Lincoln sites include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb, and so on. Also in the Lincoln "All About Abe" (Set) are a few Lincoln sites not located in Springfield.

The Illinois State Fair
: My collection of photographs of the Illinois State Fair. The fair offers something for everyone. Grab a corn dog and lemon shake-up, and come take a look!

Beyond Central Illinois
: Other locales in the United States and Canada including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

In addition to my location-based sets, here are links to some "topical" collections and sets I’ve put together:

Barbers & Barber Shops
: Traditional barbers and barber shops are on the endangered species list. But there are still plenty to be found if you go looking for them.

Almost Everything Else. Check It Out!!!
: Included topics range from man’s first walk on the moon to small town schools and churches, and from Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers (our favorite breed) to things that are abandoned, neglected, weathered, or rusty.

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Chinese Drywall Testing Techniques and Technologies

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Chinese drywall testing involves analyzing samples for known marks that are indicative of defective drywall. Although several less expensive alternatives are being marketed, but FTIR and XRF are the future of accurate drywall testing.

Unequivocally, FTIR and XRF testing have been proven by the Consumer Products Safety Commission to be the most reliable drywall tests, demonstrating a reliability of 98% and 99%. These tests analyze drywall samples for carbonate sulfide and strontium respectively.


Each of these tests provides near perfect accuracy. A drywall test that utilizes both technologies in tandem overcomes any sampling contamination and allows for a complete picture of the home's composition. Drywall compound, or mud, can show up in FTIR analysis as a false positive for drywall. That compound, however, does not affect XRF Chinese drywall testing.

It should be noted that these technologies, when used properly, do not produce false negatives in testing.

Why are not all inspectors offering Chinese drywall testing that includes FTIR and XRF?

These technologies are not new. FTIR has been the backbone of material analysis for quite some time. This technology is readily admitted in a court setting as evidence. Several labs in the United States even offer to analyze drywall samples as part of a test. The problem is that, in this setting, each sample costs $ 150 to $ 200 for analysis on just one of the two machines. Analysis on the second will involve another $ 150 to $ 200. An average home contains upwards of 150 boards of drywall. In this environment, comprehensive Chinese drywall testing would involve $ 45,000 in testing fees alone. Add to that the cost of collecting samples and the insurance policy premium, and testing could cost $ 50,000.

Obviously, that is not price that the vast majority can afford. That cost is not a feasible option. Our testing protocol is the only affordable and insurable option on the market today.

What does FTIR testing involve?

FTIR, or Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy, relates on the measurement of infrared light that either passes through or is reflected by a sample. The resulting spectrum is compared against a library of known molecular fingerprints. No two compounds will produce the same results under FTIR analysis, creating a powerful tool for identifying unknown compounds at a molecular level.

As it relates to Chinese drywall testing, FTIR is used to identify carbonate sulfide, a marker that the CPSC has identified as unique to defective drywall.

FTIR has been central to laboratory analysis for nearly seventy years. This technology is well established and is respected and accepted within a court room setting. The fact that this technology is so reliable and well established further reinforces its use for such high stakes testing.

What does XRF testing involve?

XRF, or X-Ray Fluorescence, drywall testing involves bombarding a sample with X-Rays and measuring the effects. Each element produces a different energy under this condition and the results are used to identify the various compounds in a sample.

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Windows 10 Mitigation Improvements

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by Matt Miller & David Weston Continuous improvements have been made to Windows and other Microsoft products over the past decade that have made it …

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Kitchen Renovation

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Kitchen Renovation

Posted by A-1 PAM Plastering & Remodeling, Inc. on 2011-12-02 04:48:33

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