June 17, 1999 |
Residents of a block in the Wissinoming section where homes are sinking into an old creek bed braced for the demolition of seven rowhouses, set to start this morning, as city officials tried to calm fears and paramedics monitored homeowners' blood pressure. A contractor hired by the Rendell administration was set to begin work at 9 a.m. on the first of seven rowhouses on the 6100 block of Hegerman Street that city engineers have said could collapse at any time. Workers for Winslow Demolition will not wield a wrecking ball or explosives, Robert Solvibile Sr., first deputy commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections, said yesterday.
November 6, 1998 |
If Michelangelo had used a roller, he could have finished the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a weekend instead of six years. If Roy Underhill used a power tool once in a while, he'd finish his woodworking projects in less than half the time. But Underhill isn't a "more-power" kind of guy, as anyone who watches his weekly PBS series, The Woodwright's Shop, will tell you. Underhill rarely uses a tool that wasn't around when Noah built the ark. "Not true," Underhill said with a laugh.
September 26, 2003
ON SUNDAY, Veterans Stadium will have its last (regular season) hurrah when the Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves. The last time the Phillies closed an old home field, on Oct. 1, 1970, chaos ensued and the scheduled events were canceled thanks to a few thousand morons who tore the place apart. Some might have been drinking before the game, which was at night. From what I have been told, security will be tighter than Shania Twain's corset, so, as a season ticket holder, let me ask those who are coming to do three things: First, please don't drink any beer or liquor that morning.
February 21, 2002 |
In the auction business they'd call this first item a "short notice," as this is scheduled for 3 p.m. today out in Spring City. In addition to an array of china, glassware, antiques, household furnishings, fishing boats and motors, auctioneer Ken Reed will sell a lifetime collection of antique advertising items, including paper, cardboard, tin and porcelain signs, tip trays, banks, tins, thermometers, product literature, games and calendars....
October 17, 1990 |
If you were starting a home workshop and you had accomplished very little in the way of doing it yourself, which basic tools should you purchase, assuming you had to watch your budget? We recently tried this question on some friends who are fairly handy at fixing and making things. Everyone agreed on two of the tools that would be required: you could not get by, it was said emphatically, without a hammer and a screwdriver. No argument there. Even if you never contemplated a home workshop or planned to repair anything, a hammer and a screwdriver are needed whether you own a house or rent an apartment.
July 8, 1989 |
Three days of sales will offer collectors Hummel figurines, Mickey Mouse figures and many of the worldly possessions of a Montgomery County "outdoors man. " The man is Chuck Berry, who has sold his farm near Elverson and who, according to auctioneer Ken Reed, is "with much reluctance" allowing the liquidation of the farm's furnishings at a sale beginning at 10 a.m. today. Among the sporting items to be sold are several firearms, including a Belgian-made Browning superposed 12-gauge lightning-trap shotgun and a 760 carbine 306 pump.
April 30, 2000 |
What: Oxo swivel-blade vegetable peeler. Manufacturer: Made in Taiwan for Oxo Good Grips, Terre Haute, Ind. Where: Williams-Sonoma. Price: $6. What: Peelz-It swivel-blade vegetable peeler with ceramic blade. Manufacturer: Made in France for iSi Basics, Pine Brook, N.J. Where: Fante's Price: $15.99 For years, I've used a cheap swivel-type, double-bladed vegetable peeler that I bought in a grocery store. It has peeled bushels and bushels of vegetables, and has survived countless trips through the dishwasher.
March 20, 1988 |
It's spring, but before the gardeners among you run out to get dirt under your fingernails and mud on your shoes, you might want to consider the equipment you use. If your hoes, spades, forks and trowels are strictly garden variety, perhaps you're ready for tools that can come out of the shed in style. High-design tools. Top-quality tools. Expensive tools. "Gardening is going through the kind of renaissance that cooking went through 10 years ago," said Carol Malcolm, director and buyer at Gardener's Eden, a Northern California retail and mail-order operation.
November 9, 2001 |
The availability and ease of power tools has transformed woodworking from the hobby of a few to the pastime of 20 million Americans, including 4 million women. These are the people you'll rub shoulders with this weekend if you venture to the annual American Woodworkers Show that starts today at the South Jersey Expo Center in Pennsauken. The money spent each year on acquiring the latest tablesaw or drill press is now measured in the billions. Once the novelty wears off, however, a lot of these space-age doodads spend more time collecting dust on the shelf than they do being used.
July 30, 2007 |
When Peter Lane retired from the Westtown School in 2004, admiring colleagues and students honored his service by planting a small grove of chestnut trees on the Chester County campus. The gesture was perfect. Although mathematics was the focus of his pedagogy, Lane taught woodworking as well. In his 39 years at Westtown, "Teacher Pete" introduced many to the language of numbers - "a humanity in its own right" - but he also introduced legions of students to the joy of working with their hands and using simple tools.