June 16, 1994 |
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.
January 24, 2016
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video have all of the previous seasons of The X-Files . If you're going to watch only one, go with the Season 4 episode "Home," a truly terrifying entry about a group of deformed killers who live in rural Pennsylvania.
October 10, 2008 |
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.
September 1, 1996 |
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.
July 8, 2011 |
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.
March 25, 2011 |
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.
December 31, 2004 |
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.
October 15, 2004 |
'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.
April 10, 2016 |
A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house. My last paint job - done in the summer and fall of 2003 - has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it's time. This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this house. I neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several hours a day on a ladder at age 79. I hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing with my grandchildren by then.
April 1, 2011 |
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.