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  1. Lexan or Polygal. Polygal is probably the better bet for this type of structure. Either is WAY better than acrylic plexiglass. go to www.regal-plastics.com They are on Wirt between Katy Freeway and Longpoint.
  2. Does anyone have a source in Houston (or nearby) that stocks & sells stamped tin ceiling tiles? I need about 1K square feet worth. 16" o.c ceiling joists, so I think a 48" wide panel would work well (48" / 16" = 3 joists per panel if my math is correct). TIA
  3. You can get "Iso" board (polyisocyanurate) which is an extruded polystyrene rigid board at most every roofing distributor. It will come in varying thicknesses / R values and usually either 4' x 4' or 4' x 8' sheets. Shouldn't be too hard to find at West End Lumber, Roofing Supply Group, ABC Supply, Bradco, Gulf Eagle or Builders Prodcuts. You will need to talk to someone that knows commerical roofing. If you need the product in a form that is laminated to a plywood or OSB substrate so you can attache panels or some other mechanically attached finish, then ask about a product called Nail Base which is Iso board laminated to plywood or OSB. Good luck.
  4. Traditional sloped roof = shingle roof? #1 Consider adding a radiant barrier so the attic space does not get as hot as attics with no radiant barrier. 3 types: Laminated to decking, "paint" on & "rolled foil" style. #2 Proper venilation of attic space (Soffit vents / intake and ridge vents / exhaust) #3 Consider a "cool roof" composition shingle option such as Certainteed's Landmark Solaris or GAF's Cool Colors Get the local Certainteed and / or GAF representative's contact information from the web and ask them who they reccomend as a competent installer. THEY will know who the real players are and who the average to below average players are. www.certainteed.com (Mike Maltbie) www.gaf.com (Mike Ratcliff) And, for the record, The State of Texas DOES NOT license roofing contractors. Roofing contractors may be required to register with municipalites (pay an annual registration fee and provide a general liability insurance certificate) as in West U., Southside Place, Bunker Hill Village, Piney Point & Hunter's Creek. INSIST on getting an insurance certificate SENT DIRECTLY TO YOU from your roofing contractor's INSURANCE AGENT and make any work on your property contigent upon the following: A. General Liability insurance that is classified for roofing operations (many contractors will get GL for clerical staff only or some other construction operation (ie. carpentry or some other less expensive operation) and that fact is not shown on the certificate coming from the insurance carrier). Should there be a claim made against their work and they are not properly classified then you will have to settle in the court house. YOU WILL HAVE TO CALL THE INSURANCE CARRIER TO VERIFY proper coverage in stated operations. B. Workers Compensation insurance IS NOT required by the State of Texas, however, you may opt to deal with only those companies that have WCI. Once again, you will need to verify that roofing operations are covered in their WCI policies. C. Make sure your roofing contractor has a policy for owned, non-owned and hired vehicles, as well. Verify this as well. Make sure that all policies are in effect and provide you with a cancellation notice. Good luck.
  5. It's a neat place in the middle of nowhere. About an hour and a half out of the 'Burgh. It is extraordinary that it was built when it was built way out in the sticks. The logistics of getting material and workforce must have been quite a battle. The place seemed to be aged and need of constant upkeep. Don't get me wrong, they do a good job of it considering the circumstances. The 'Burgh is a great town. Plenty to do and places to eat. Mt. Lebanon is a great suburb just south of the CBD. Lots of neat old houses. Also, The Cathedral of Learning at the Pitt campus is friggin' awesome and worth stopping to ogle as is the view coming out of the Ft. Pitt Tunnell into downtown. Have fun.
  6. Any of you ever heard of this guy? Apparently he built my great grandparent's house at 3805 McFarlin in University Park. I've never been in the joint but my uncle grew up in the house and has fond memories of the place. Just curious about the house and David Williams. http://www.dougnewby...805mcfarlin.asp
  7. I have casualty insurance through Kemper and it has gone up only 2% in 7 years. I have a 1% deductible on a $400K house. Sometimes it is better to call an independent agent that can go to market for you and check out multiple carriers as opposed to going to an agent for a particular carrier. Also, give some thought to what it is you are actually insuring. Most people just think of structure replacement / repair and give no thought to contents replacement, temporary living allowance if a whole house re-build becomes and issue and other issues. One size does not fit all.
  8. You can go to mohull's web-site and view a small rendering of the front elevation of the project. It is in their selected projects section of the web-site.
  9. MorrisHullinger is the design / build company that is building the new home. It is a neo-mid century look to a degree. All of you penniless preservationists can come in off of the ledge now.
  10. That's kind of like building up a lifetime of work and savings, paying taxes on it over ther years and when you die you leave it to your heirs and then the government want to tax your kids for receiving it....OH, WAIT!!!!!! THAT ALREADY HAPPENS.
  11. I like being outside and I am not scared to get out there and pull the stuff up (I enjoy it in a weird way...kinda like looking for the big mother Alien and having a final showdown). Thanks for the all the help.
  12. Nice work, Columbo. Virginia Buttonweed it is. Exact match. Thanks, Flashman! Looks like I have some weed pulling in my near future.
  13. I've got St. Augustine that does pretty well. Recently, however, I've noticed this weed that is growing and spreading. It is on a runner system, appears to be some sort of green broadleaf weed, has little white flowers and green seed pods on the stem / runners. I've gone to a few nurseries with a freshly plucked handfull and have had no success on IDing the weed and, therefore, no plan of attack to rid my lawn of this pest. I have been hand pulling it to date. My wife and neighbors say I'm obsessed with it and they are probably correct. Any ideas? I've looked all over the intraweb for an IDing picture and have none to present here (lazy, lazy, lazy). Any help?
  14. Regarding the thread hijack to bicyclers / bikelanes / motorists, I've seen both motorists and bicyclers act like total idiots. Don't get all high and mighty. Stop signs mean stop. They don't mean motorists stop and bicyclers pedal out in front of traffic with the right of way and then act suprised that the motorist is actually coming through the intersection and you are suddenly glad that your have a bedpan on your head. I don't ride a bike. I drive one of those nasty diesel Ford trucks. I really try to watch out for bikers and give them plenty of room (along with driving texters, last-minute-cut-over-to-exit dude and I'm Totally Clueless dude). I know what a bike lane is and that they, too, have to turn and it can get hairy for them. I would be scared to ride a bike in Houston traffic, especially if I saw a 4 wheel drive, diesel powered death machine coming at me. But some aggressive bicyclers must realize that they are just as bad as the motorists that they can't stand. Keep on pedaling and I'll keep looking out for you and give you some room. Return the favor at stop signs.
  15. Outside Magazine...I used to subscribe but tired of articles like this. Anything to sell a copy? Listing is lame. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in and around Houston. Why complain about our summer? How about our winters? Uh, not so bad, huh? How are those bike lanes up in Chicago along Lake Michigan in late January or early February? Oof. Who's staying indoors now, smart guy?
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