May 16, 2016 |
My recent column announcing that I am painting the exterior of my house for the last time brought expressions of concern from those who don't like the words last time . And, thankfully, a couple of painting questions, which is the reason I write these columns. John Czuba's question concerning painting aluminum siding is one I have gotten before over the years, but it's one that always merits a response. Yes, you can paint aluminum siding, and the website of the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House is my go-to on all broad-brush matters.
January 9, 2016
NEW YORK 17 salt miners rescued from shaft Seventeen miners spent a frigid night in a broken-down elevator in America's deepest salt mine, huddling with heat packs and blankets before being rescued early Thursday, an ordeal that highlighted the sometimes-risky work of churning out the road salt that keeps traffic moving on ice and snow. The workers were descending to start their shifts around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the roughly 5-by-6-foot car abruptly stopped about 90 stories below ground in the Cayuga salt mine while heading to a floor nearly deep enough to fit two Empire State Buildings stacked atop one another.
January 6, 2014 |
The man who died Thursday after a pile of road salt collapsed on him in a Bucks County storage facility was a married father of two from Mount Laurel, Burlington County. Gustav J. Propper, 51, was "an amazing father and a true family man," according to a brief statement released by his family Friday. "Everything he did was for his family. It's extremely tragic, and we're just beyond words," the statement read. Propper was operating a front-end loader for International Salt, a Lackawanna County-based company that has a storage facility at the Kinder Morgan Port of Bucks County, on the Delaware River in Falls Township.
January 5, 2014 |
FALLS TOWNSHIP The man who died Thursday after a pile of road salt collapsed on him in a Bucks County storage facility was a married father of two from Mount Laurel, Burlington County. Gustav J. Propper, 51, was "an amazing father and a true family man," according to a brief statement released by his family Friday. "Everything he did was for his family. It's extremely tragic, and we're just beyond words," the statement read. Propper was operating a front-end loader for International Salt, a Lackawanna County-based company that has a storage facility at the Kinder Morgan Port of Bucks County, on the Delaware River in Falls Township.
April 20, 2013 |
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?
October 21, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that dredging will begin Saturday in the 17-acre Fairless Turning Basin, adjacent to the Delaware River in Bucks County, to deepen the 37-foot basin to 40 feet, which is the same shipping depth as the river's main navigation channel. The $990,000 project will take about two weeks. The cost will be shared, 75 percent by the Corps and 25 percent by the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County. The Bucks County port handles about four million tons of freight a year.
March 3, 2011 |
A new weapon against snow and ice was used on selected Chester County roads and sidewalks this winter - beet juice. It was added to the salt-based brine put on roads before storms and enabled the solution to work at lower temperatures. But those trying to recall whether there were swaths of red-stained concrete, don't bother. "There's no redness at all," said Jack Stewart, a project manager for the county's Facilities Department. "When you put it down, it's more brownish and looks like the road is wet. " The substance is a by-product of sugar beets, which are used to make sweetener and animal feed, officials said.
March 19, 2008 |
Salt is the sworn enemy of steel-reinforced concrete, and it doesn't take much to cause a crack like the one that fouled up the I-95 bridge. Over the years, concrete can become permeated with road salt from a steady drip of wintry slush. If salt reaches the inner steel, it's the beginning of the end: corrosion. "Once you start getting salt brine down in there, it's a killer," said Harold Windisch, a senior construction engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
March 18, 2008 |
"Stay off 95! Use mass transit if you can. And if you have to use the interstate, give yourself an extra hour or so to get to where you're going," said PennDot spokesman Gene Blaum, reacting to the repair emergency that forced the closure of an eight-exit section of the highway between Girard Avenue and the Betsy Ross Bridge that snarled detours all day and all night. And it will be the same tomorrow. As motorists braced for today's nasty commute, PennDot secretary Allen D. Bielher held out hope that the highway could be reopened by Wednesday night after crews underpin the affected section.
August 5, 2007 |
The little Morton salt girl is looking for a new home. Rohm & Haas Co. chief executive officer Raj Gupta said all options were on the table: keeping the snow-dependent Morton salt division, selling it, or spinning it off in an initial public offering, or IPO. By the end of the year, he recently told analysts, the Philadelphia company should "have a path forward. " The nation's largest and the most recognized brand of table salt, with the cute girl and her umbrella, the Morton division is "performing fantastically," he said.