March 16, 2013 |
Question : I live in a condo and recently had my carpet pulled up, plywood put down, and then tile on top in my master bath dressing room. After six months, the grout in the upper area began to crumble and came out. The tile man came back and re-grouted the area. He does not know why it is happening; there was no water leakage. Now it is happening again in the same area. The tile man has 25 years experience and came highly recommended. Can you offer some advice? Answer: I'd probably blame the plywood used as the underlayment.
August 31, 2012 |
In a cluttered fifth-floor studio in North Philadelphia, two huge pieces of plywood hang from the ceiling, pulsing in time with the music from a pair of high-end stereo speakers. thoompa-thoomp-thoomp . . . But whoa - upon closer inspection, the big pieces of plywood actually are the speakers. They have wires attached to the back, and, somehow, they sound really good. Typical for Hive76. It is a hacker space, a kind of inventors' clubhouse where castoff 21st-century junk and random parts are fused together in a collaborative cauldron of ideas.
August 1, 2010 |
French philosopher Simone Weil observed that "the past, once destroyed, never returns. Its destruction is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. " That snippet of insight might apply to moving the Barnes Foundation, but fortunately not to Thomas Eakins' masterpiece, The Gross Clinic. Since it was exhibited in the Centennial exposition of 1876 (not in the art section but in a mock-up of an Army hospital), the painting has undergone five major conservation interventions. Given that several of these effaced history, one hesitates to describe them all as "restorations.
May 4, 2010 |
THE HOLDOUTS live on a block of plywood and padlocks, so eerie it looks like a street ravaged by war. Twenty five years ago, it was. The aging neighbors of Osage Avenue have treated each other like family since May 13, 1985, when the city dropped a bomb on the house at 6221, home of the radical group MOVE, killing 11 people inside and igniting a fire that leveled their block. The city quickly rebuilt their homes, but botched the job, leaving residents with a litany of problems including massive water leaks, blocked drainage pipes, missing support beams and falling bricks.
December 11, 2008 |
Cut costs. Raise revenues. That's the mantra in any monetary crisis. Last month, the Nutter administration proposed drastic cuts in city services to close the projected billion-dollar deficit in its five-year budgetary plan. Yesterday, City Controller Alan Butkovitz cast harsh light on the revenue side of the ledger, noting that $20 million to $30 million a year has gone uncollected by the Department of Licenses and Inspections since 2005 because of "inadequacies" in the program that manages the demolition of condemned buildings.
September 7, 2007 |
Clean lines and sleek materials give a modern edge to the traditional look of basket weave. Store a bottle (or six) in the wooden Knot wine rack ($105). Order at Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St., or www.shopfosters.com . Strips of sustainable untreated plywood entwine to form a cocoon-like lamp (several styles offered, $500-$2,200). Order at Design Within Reach, 1710 Walnut St., or www.dwr.com . Belgian blue stone tops off the cross-cut sides of the Bobo side table ($998)
March 2, 2007 |
Considering the number of major works by Marcel Duchamp that have been on view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Arensberg Collection since the early 1950s, it's not surprising that his influence is reflected in the work of many of this city's artists. Then again, Duchamp's shadow is sometimes shorter than it seems. Gerald Nichols, a regional artist who has an exhibition of paintings and recent constructions at Arcadia University Art Gallery, looks at first to have a kinship with Duchamp - he uses found objects and leaves them intact, among other things - but his sensibility is actually closer to that of the surrealist Joseph Cornell, who was a fan of Duchamp's art and was, at one time, his assistant (Duchamp likewise admired Cornell's boxes and collages)
January 7, 2007 |
If you cook healthful food, it stands to reason that you would want a healthful kitchen. Which means avoiding plywood and particle board, which give off gaseous formaldehyde, and steering clear of PVC and vinyl, which leach lead, cadmium and phthalate plasticizers. When they burn, they give off dioxin. But let's skip the bad news. The good news is that healthful kitchens are easy to come by, as demonstrated by Jennifer Roberts in her excellent book Good Green Kitchens (Gibbs Smith, $29.95)
July 20, 2005 |
Two historic ships at the Independence Seaport Museum - the 1892 Cruiser Olympia and the World War II submarine Becuna - will close Aug. 15 for a restoration project and will reopen Oct. 1, officials at the Penn's Landing museum announced yesterday. The project will see the replacement of the Becuna's top deck, where partially rotted areas have been covered with plywood. All such nonhistorical plywood and rotted slats will be removed, officials said. Repairs and placements will be made to steel deck-support structures, and wood deck slats will be replaced with Angelique timber to closely match the appearance of the original.
October 15, 2004 |
If you want to startle the trick-or-treaters on Halloween and have a few hours to spare in the next week or so, you can turn a piece of 3/4-inch exterior plywood into a 16 3/4-by-20-inch black cat. Add a few more hours, and you can fashion an eerie-looking 28 3/4-by-44-inch tombstone out of the same material - if you plan well, even the same 4-by-8 sheet of plywood. I know what you're saying: You don't have an artistic bone in your body, let alone a workshop full of tools.