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June 16, 1994 | DAILY NEWS RESEARCH
The new ships, dubbed FastShips, would be designed to reach speeds of up to 45 knots, and would cut the time for crossing the Atlantic, now two to four weeks, down to five to seven days. The proposed 770-foot, $150 million boats will use a new aerodynamically designed hull that causes the ship to rise in the water as speed increases, rather than drive deeper (causing greater resistance) as conventional ships do. The ships would use jet engines adapted for maritime use.
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October 10, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: We had two pieces of trim replaced on either side of our front door because of rot at the bottom of one. (The other was changed so they would match). One new piece has an eight-inch section that exudes sap (I'm guessing) that is a brownish color, coming through the Kilz primer I applied. I called the place where the carpenter purchased the wood, and they didn't think that was a defect. Answer: "Stubborn tannin bleeding" is how one expert describes your situation, which leads me to believe that your door trim is oak. What I think is that you need a pigmented, shellac-based primer such as Zinsser's B-I-N.
NEWS
September 1, 1996 | By Margaret A. Robinson
My husband and I live in an old three-story, 12-room house, one of those turn-of-the-century behemoths with gray asbestos shingles, a wraparound porch, five doors, and 66 windows. When we bought it 20-plus years ago, it was a wreck. The roof leaked. The floors sagged. The pipes were occluded, and the wiring consisted of one outlet per room. Most of the plaster had fallen from the ceilings into big broken piles on the floors. But fools rush in, and so we bought it, for $39,000, and little by little we made the place habitable, doing much of the work ourselves.
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April 1, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I live in a condo development. The association is requiring owners to paint their patio fences. The fences were made of pretreated wood and were painted gray. The paint has never stayed on very well, and the color has changed from gray to white. What can be done to the wood to properly prepare it for painting and a color change? Will the paint ever stay on? Will it require two coats? Would priming help? Answer: The paint probably never adhered properly because the wood wasn't allowed enough time to dry thoroughly before the work was done.
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March 25, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Question: For many years we have painted our front steps. They are in very bad shape, and the paint is starting to peel and chip. We have power-washed them to remove the loose paint. I'd like to know the best and easiest way to remove the rest of the paint. Answer: You didn't say whether these steps were concrete or wood. Concrete is definitely more difficult because it is porous and paint tends to seep into the material itself, very much as it does to brick fireplaces and exteriors.
LIVING
December 31, 2004 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Q: My 1970s kitchen is in need of remodeling. I am going to paint the old cabinets. Do you have any recommendations on paint type? Also, what options do I have for painting the Formica countertop? A: Painting cabinets and Formica isn't terribly difficult. But you can't rush the jobs. For the cabinets, first remove the doors and then remove all their hardware. Wipe all surfaces with a clean rag saturated with mineral spirits (paint thinner), to remove surface contamination.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
'You want to see something weird?" That's the question one young engineer asks of another after working countless weekends and nights in the garage, messing with computers, catalytic converters, copper tubing and freon cannibalized from the kitchen fridge. In Primer, a brilliant little indie thriller written and directed by and starring newcomer Shane Carruth, the "something weird" could be the next big thing. It could make Aaron (Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) millionaires.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | Al Heavens
I've talked about this before, but the question is popping up frequently because people want to change the look of their bathrooms without spending a lot of money.   Question: I have a question about painting ceramic tile in a bathroom. It is peach (circa 1955), and I would like to repaint it or replace it. Any suggestions? Answer: The "on-the-cheap" design shows that proliferated during the late 1990s — Trading Spaces was the one that made me keep Pepto-Bismol at hand — made big business out of changing tile color by painting.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Here are more painting tips, this time about stucco, for which I get many, many questions, especially from Philadelphians living in a row that is a house or two short, with party walls that need repainting. I turn, as usual, to Debbie Zimmer at the Dow Chemical Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. She says stucco can be successfully painted by following certain procedures. As with most painting projects, surface preparation is key. "Start by making sure that the surface of your stucco is sound," Zimmer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
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March 3, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at the South Jersey boys' basketball tournaments, which begin this week: South Jersey Group 4 Defending champion: Cherry Hill East. Top seed: Toms River North. Best first-round game: No. 9 seed Eastern at No. 8 seed Rancocas Valley is an opener that could produce a sectional finalist, if not a sectional champion. Second-round showdown I: If form holds in the opening round, No. 6 Cherry Hill West will face crosstown rival and No. 3 seed Cherry Hill East in a renewal of one of South Jersey's best rivalries.
NEWS
December 2, 2014
WHEN TOM WOLF becomes governor next month, guess what changes will take place at the Philadelphia Parking Authority? None. Sorry, that's tough to take on a Monday. To supplement the bad news, let me offer a PPA primer for past, present and future victims. Think of this as a visit to the sausage factory. The reason there will be no changes: Although the governor appoints all six members of the PPA board, they get 10-year terms and none is up in the first four years of the Wolf administration (or regime, as Rush Limbaugh likes to say)
SPORTS
November 12, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.
NEWS
September 17, 2013
AS FALL approaches (starts Sunday), y'all probably are wondering who'll be leading in the polls for governor this time next year. You're not? Why, because you think you know? Because you don't like or trust polls? Well, if it's the latter, you're not alone. The international research and data firm Kantar just released a poll on polls that says 75 percent of Americans don't trust polls, thinking that they're biased. (Which, of course, means 75 percent don't trust that poll.)
SPORTS
September 6, 2013
Games to watch (league play only) * Sept. 29: O'Hara at Wood, 1 p.m. A couple of potential area powers clash for early bragging rights. * Oct. 5: West Catholic at Conwell-Egan, 7 The Burrs have dominated CL 2A play, but the Eagles think they can make some noise. * Oct. 11: St. Joe's Prep at La Salle, 7 These heated rivals split a year ago, but the Explorers took home the hardware when it counted. * Oct. 12: Ryan at Father Judge, 1 Led by Sean Boylan on the DL the Raiders look to smother their neighborhood rivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
NEWS
April 19, 2013
NO ROOM in the house is safe from a gadget invasion - not even the bathroom. Back in their hipster days, the horn-rock band Chicago introduced a song suite called "An Hour in the Shower," implying conduct "under the influence. " Today, all it takes to keep you stalling is the entertaining Moxie, a single-function showerhead from Kohler ($199) with a magnetically center-mounted Sound Capsule humming your happiest tunes. Waterproof shower radios have been available for decades, but this updated device is different, neater in form and function.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Michael Munger
North Carolina seems likely to matter in the coming presidential election. The two presidential candidates frequently jet in and out of the state to give speeches, and it's no coincidence that the Democrats selected Charlotte to host their national convention this week. People outside the state aren't sure what to think of North Carolina. It may seem liberal, because Terry Sanford and John Edwards have been among our U.S. senators. But so was Jesse Helms, and for a lot longer. If you think North Carolina is a typical Southern state, you don't know us. Bad soil and shallow rivers denied us the slave-based plantations that powered South Carolina and Virginia to their 19th-century peaks.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
The public may never know where all the phantom money spent to try to defeat Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith in Pennsylvania's Republican primary came from.   Not that it mattered to the Armstrong County coal executive, who had plenty of cash of his own to counter any onslaught by anonymous donors. Smith reportedly spent $4 million of his own money and won the right to face Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in the November general election. Nonetheless, Pennsylvanians, indeed all Americans, ought to be bothered by the campaign-finance shenanigans only recently revealed by the Center for Responsive Politics that occurred in this state.
NEWS
June 16, 2012 | Al Heavens
A couple of responses came in recently to a question about taking care of rust on a refrigerator at the Shore, and I thought I'd share, since summer is almost upon us. From Nate Lentz, who, with 40 years' experience in the field, says "whenever I see the word ‘rust,' my eyes light up": "A salt environment is very corrosive to all metals, paints, and the like. Any rust must be removed completely; otherwise, it will continue to grow under any protective coatings. " Lentz suggests that once the rust is removed completely, the refrigerator should be polished periodically.
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