58 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Commenting on the board’s appointment, Vicky Annis, chair of the Resource Alliance, said:“Over the past year we have been expanding our commitment to include the intellectual and human resources necessary to take advantage of this new era. Kyla’s unique team-building skills and collaborative style make her perfectly suited to lead the Resource Alliance forward”.Shawyer commented:“The once stark line between sectors is beginning to blur and traditional models of ‘giving’ are being disrupted by new kinds of social investment—from crowd sourcing to direct personal loans, from social enterprises to cross-sector partnerships. With everything in a state of change, it will be more important than ever to build new kinds of teams and new kinds of collaborations – bringing the best ideas to the table, regardless of where they might originate, and turning them into models our sector can use to thrive.” Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Resource Alliance Kyla Shawyer has been appointed as the permanent CEO of the Resource Alliance, organisers of this week’s International Fundraising Congress in Holland. She had been interim CEO since June 2014.Over the past year she has met with social impact leaders around the world to help the organisation refocus its commitment to inspire change in the sector. The Resource Alliance’s new Manifesto emphasises its commitment to acting as ‘convenor and curator’ to help the sector take advantage of unprecedented new opportunities born through social media and new technology. Howard Lake | 23 October 2015 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Kyla Shawyer is now permanent CEO at Resource Alliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former President George W. Bush has accepted an invitation to deliver a eulogy at the funeral of Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral and is “honored to have been asked to speak,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford confirmed to ABC News on Sunday. Former first lady Laura Bush will also be in attendance.McCain, a Vietnam War hero with more than 35 years of public service who became one of the most distinctive figures in modern American politics, died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.The New York Times reported on Saturday night that McCain requested that both Bush and former President Barack Obama — each of whom has run against the Arizona senator in presidential campaigns — be invited to deliver eulogies at the senator’s funeral. The Times also reported Saturday that while Vice President Mike Pence was invited to attend the funeral, President Donald Trump, who has had a tumultuous relationship with McCain, was not invited.ABC News has reached out to the White House and Obama’s representatives, but a request for comment was not immediately returned.McCain has a long history of reaching out to lawmakers across the political aisle to pass major legislation in the Senate and of overcoming political differences. The Arizona senator lost to fellow Republican George W. Bush in the 2000 GOP primary for president.Bush paid tribute to McCain on Saturday, writing, “Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.”Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election, offered his condolences to the McCain family and shared a heartfelt tribute to the Arizona senator in a statement on Saturday.“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics,” he wrote. “But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.McCain’s fellow Arizona senator, Republican Jeff Flake, said on This Week Sunday that McCain’s greatest lesson is “to forgive” and “to see the good in his opponents.”Flake added that we can honor McCain’s legacy by “seeing the good in our opponents, by being quick to forgive, by realizing that there’s something more important than ourselves, to put service over and above our self interest.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
OSBORN, Mo. – U.S. 36 Raceway hosts the Joe Crist Memorial Stock Car Shootout on Friday, July 24, with $1,562 going to the winner of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car special. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also on the program that evening. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region, Missouri State and track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The feature pays a minimum of $125 to start. Crist drove the number 62 Stock Car and $162 will go to the driver making the longest haul to Osborn and $62 paid to each heat winner and the hard charger in the feature. Another $62 goes to the driver drawing the 62 pill.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2015)–The Stronach Group (TSG), long at the forefront of equine and human safety in racing, recognizes and has actively promoted significant advances in racing medication with the belief that safety measures and jockey welfare are paramount to the advancement and perception of Thoroughbred racing throughout the world.In view of recent legislative efforts advanced by the “Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity,” which is supported by several industry groups, TSG reaffirms the following list of foundation principles it deems necessary for the continued growth and development of Thoroughbred racing on a national and international scale:1.) Mutually agreed upon, uniform testing procedures and protocols at all North American tracks, which include out-of-competition testing.2.) Nationally uniform rules that clearly define prohibited and permitted medications, substances and methods in all jurisdictions.3.) Regional testing laboratories that strictly adhere to uniform standards and which are subject to regular accreditation.4.) Penalties for violations must be uniform and administered in a timely fashion.5.) Investigations and prosecutions must be fair and uniform on a national scale.6.) Public perception is our highest priority. As such, the aforementioned objectives must be pursued enthusiastically by the entire racing industry in order to maintain a level playing field for our sports’ stakeholders and most importantly, the betting public.The Stronach Group looks forward to the many challenges we as an industry face, and to building an ever brighter and more transparent future.
‘GREAT TO BE BACK,’ VICTORIOUS STEVENS SAYSGary Stevens won his first race since coming back from hip replacement surgery Dec. 21 when he piloted Shehastheritestuff to a half-length victory for trainer Paddy Gallagher in Saturday’s sixth race at one mile on turf. The four-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $16.40.“It’s great to be back and great to have support of the trainers this first week back,” the 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider said Sunday morning. “Paddy put me on a nice filly that fit my style and fortunately we got the job done.“The first win back is always the toughest. You’ve got to reprove yourself, and like any athlete, you’ve got to fight back and show that you’ve still got some shelf life.”For the unsinkable Gary Stevens, there’s no expiration date in view. STEVENS ‘REPROVES’ HIMSELF WITH A COMEBACK WIN (Current Through Saturday, March 11) HAPPY AUTUMN FLOWER TESTS GRADE I WATERSAutumn Flower has enhanced her broodmare status with third-place finishes at long odds in Grade II stakes in her last two outings, the La Canada and the Santa Maria.Trainer Dan Hendricks is satisfied with that accomplishment for the moment, but has his sights set on even greater heights when the five-year-old Flower Alley mare runs in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.“Another third would be fine, but she’s maturing and as happy as she’s ever been since we’ve changed some of her routine from last year. It’s really worked,” Hendricks said. “We added a goat, my son (Gregg) takes extra time with her and grazes her every morning.“She’s just happy and doing well.”Autumn Flower never ran in a stakes race until Dec. 3 of last year when she finished sixth in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap. She had won two optional claiming races before that for owners Thomas Traver and Priscilla Webb. HENDRICKS HAS HAPPY MARE FOR SANTA MARGARITA FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate worked seven furlongs Sunday morning in company as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25. With Martin Garcia up and in company with Cat Burglar, Arrogate was timed in 1:25 flat for seven furlongs, with fractional times of 24.60, 36.80, 48.60 and 1:12.80. Cat Burglar was clocked in 1:25.40. “He went really nice,” Bob Baffert said of Arrogate. “I saw what I needed to see. He just cruised around there and he’ll ship tomorrow (for Dubai).” . . . Ron Ellis reports Masochistic came out of his second-place finish as the 1-2 favorite in the Triple Bend Stakes in good order, but “has no plan” for his next race. “We’ll have to regroup and see what goes on,” the trainer said. “It was his first race in four months; he got a little tired.” Masochistic was beaten a length by 16-1 shot Denman’s Call, one of six winners picked on top by Toby Turrell‘s Winners Card . . . Agent J.R. Pegram has booked Kent Desormeaux on Santa Maria and La Canada runner-up Show Stealer for Art Sherman in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes . . .There is a Pick Six carryover of $189,246 into Sunday’s program . . . With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur, “Old geldings never die. They just race away,” and the 11 scheduled starters in today’s eighth race, the $30,000 “605 Starter Handicap” at 5 ½ furlongs, have run a combined total of 434 races, winning 93 and earning $2,051,129. The leader is 10-year-old Nextdoorneighbor with 15 wins from 55 starts for current trainer Steve Knapp, who also has Changing Karma entered . . . Also next Saturday, Santa Anita has the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person tossing a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen. NO DARE AND GO, BUT BAL A BALI POSTS KILROE UPSET MANDELLA DOES IT AGAIN WITH BAL A BALI IN KILROE It was a far cry from Dare and Go’s 3 ½-length victory at nearly 40-1 that ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic, but Bal a Bali’s win as the longest shot in Saturday’s Grade I Kilroe Mile at 9-1 put another upset notch on Richard Mandella’s Hall of Fame resume.Bal a Bali hadn’t raced since last June 16, a span of nearly nine months, but had been training forwardly, even sporting a bullet work, uncommon for a Mandella campaigner.“He came out of the race in good shape but I’m not sure where I’ll go next,” Mandella said Sunday morning. “He’s a very good horse, so it was no surprise that he was good enough (to win under those conditions), but running that good after all that layoff, I was happy to see he did what he could do.“But it was no surprise that he could do it. I always thought he was that good. I have nothing immediate in mind. I’ll give him a little extra time because I know he runs really well with long layoffs, but I’m not giving him nine months this time.”Bal a Bali, a seven-year-old full horse bred in Brazil and owned by Calumet Farm, won his U.S. debut way back on May 9, 2015, when he captured the Grade III American Stakes at Santa Anita. The Kilroe marked his 14th triumph in 23 starts.Ridden by four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano, who also piloted 13-10 favorite Shaman Ghost to a three-quarter length victory over Midnight Storm in the Santa Anita Handicap, Bal a Bali paid $21.20 as the longest shot in the field of seven. Richard Baltas11519201817%50%$1,034,363 Jerry Hollendorfer11323172220%55%$1,617,409 Joseph Talamo14119151813%37%$661,173 Tyler Baze22337432917%49%$2,084,396 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TEAM O’NEILL HAS DESIGNS ON SANTA ANITA DERBYSan Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning.“Both horses looked good this morning and the Santa Anita Derby is what we’re looking at,” Mora said.O’Neill won the Santa Anita Derby back to back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents.Meanwhile, Bob Baffert barely had a chance to begin celebrating after Mastery’s 6 ¾-length romp in the San Felipe that established him as the Kentucky Derby favorite, when the bubble burst.Mastery was pulled up after the finish of the 1 1/16-mile race and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet Dr. Dana Stead.“When he got back to the barn, he seemed OK, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle,” Baffert said after the race Saturday. “It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on early Monday and they’ll insert two screws (at Santa Anita’s Equine Hospital on the backstretch).“We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”Sunday morning, Baffert said Mastery “was eating and looked comfortable, but the most important thing now is to focus on his well-being. Our emotions went from the highest of the highs after he won to the lowest of the lows. Obviously what happened is pretty disappointing.“But in this game you have to keep things in perspective. It could have been worse.” Doug O’Neill13618262113%48%$1,599,506 Kent Desormeaux13028161422%45%$1,646,472 Rafael Bejarano12019192216%50%$1,316,580 Martin Pedroza10615201914%51%$625,333 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.961910920%40%$819,831 BAFFERT LIKES WHAT HE SEES IN ARROGATE WORKOUT Mike Smith541861433%70%$1,868,242 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller932821930%62%$1,354,941 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ILIAD, TERM OF ART BOUND FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Flavien Prat20847323923%57%$3,059,315 Philip D’Amato8415121318%48%$1,077,870
“Any time people come together to do retail, you’re going to have those people that lurk in the shadows,” he said. “Most of the businesses in these parking lots target the Asian community, and most victims associated are Asian. Are they targeted (by criminals)? I’m not sure.” But both Peng and Christine Kuan, whose mother was robbed outside a Rowland Heights store in July, said they’ve heard multiple stories of robberies in the parking lots of grocery stores catering to the Asian community. “It’s happened so many times,” she said. “People get hurt and lose money. My mom lost $600.” Peng said she was loading groceries into her trunk at about 3 p.m. outside a Hacienda Heights store when a man she described as Latino, weighing about 200 pounds with a shaved head, grabbed her purse and dragged her. He only let go when he saw her husband, she added. She was not hurt and managed to keep her purse. Kuan was not so lucky. The 59-year-old Hacienda Heights woman said she was shopping with her 85-year-old mother at the Rowland Heights 99 Ranch store when a woman approached her and asked to borrow $10. Before Kuan could respond, she said, the woman snatched her mother’s purse. Kuan chased her to an apparent getaway car, but fell and dislocated her arm when the woman pushed her to the ground and drove away. Jennifer Tsao, spokeswoman for 99 Ranch Market, said the stores can only hire security guards inside. Parking lot security is the responsibility of the property owner, Pacific Castle, she said. “All the (outside) security should be hired by them,” she said. “They are the landlord. We told them we’d like to have a safer area as a tenant.” Representatives from Pacific Castle did not return phone calls seeking comment. David Wong, assistant property manager for Golden Pacific, which owns the shopping center where the Rowland Heights store is located, said two security guards are on-site. “We have beefed it up,” he said. “They are quite visible.” Both women, who said they were surprised by the brazen, daylight attacks, reported the crimes to authorities, but said that usually doesn’t happen. “Chinese people are always like this,” Kuan said. “They don’t like to (talk about it), but I have to, because I was hurt.” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Sanford, who patrols Hacienda Heights, stressed the importance of reporting crimes. “If people are getting assaulted and not reporting it, it’s kind of hard for us to follow up,” he said. “It’s really important for people to call and report.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – After Tammy Peng was attacked by a would-be robber on Monday in the parking lot of 99 Ranch Market on Azusa Avenue and Colima Road, she found out that she wasn’t the only victim. Reports of parking lot robberies have been hitting the pages of Chinese-language newspapers with frequency and victims said they know such attacks are not rare by any means. “Chinese ladies, especially older immigrants, are notorious about carrying cash,” Peng said. “Sizewise, we’re easier to manage.” But authorities said they don’t believe there has been a higher rate of robberies in 99 Ranch Market parking lots or other grocery stores catering to the Asian community. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jackson said there are just as many crimes reported in the Puente Hills Mall parking lot across the street from the Hacienda Heights 99 Ranch Market.
Harry Redknapp believes Andros Townsend will struggle to establish himself at Tottenham next season despite the winger’s successful loan spell at QPR.Townsend has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road, suggesting the 21-year-old has a future in the top flight.But former Spurs manager Redknapp says the youngster’s first-team prospects at White Hart Lane remain slim.Redknapp rates Townsend highly.“He’s can’t take Gareth Bale’s place or Aaron Lennon’s, that’s the problem,” said the R’s boss.“He’ll go back to Tottenham and he’ll push again next year and I’m sure he’ll be in their squad.“But obviously the kid’s got a problem getting in their team because they’ve got so many fantastic players.”And Redknapp does not think Spurs have reason to regret letting Townsend leave on loan, even though Bale has subsequently been sidelined by injury.He said: “They’ve [still] got good players. You’ve got Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and all these people.“They’ve got a massive, strong squad. There aren’t any kids playing there – they’re all experienced players.“When I was there he couldn’t get in the team because they had Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. It was hard for him.”Redknapp added: “I’ve been really pleased with Andros. I’d like another 10 like him.“He’s done really well and playing in the Premier League has been a great experience for him. He’s a good lad too.”See also:QPR boss expects offers for RemyDespondent QPR boss ditches club suitTownsend has proved he is Premier League class, says bossRedknapp explains why Townsend has turned a corner at 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Editor’s Note: This post is one of a series by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee, a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are turning their 1963 suburban house into an all-electric, zero-net energy home. They chronicle their attempts at a low-carbon, low-cost, and joyful lifestyle on their blog Frugal Happy. This post was written by Chris. When considering what materials to use for the interior of the common area, we wanted at least one surface to have some character. Drywall is great in many ways. It’s durable, inexpensive, fire-resistant, versatile, and you can cover walls and ceilings quickly, especially if you know what you’re doing.RELATED ARTICLESReclaimed Wood is Beautiful and GreenSelling Reclaimed Snow Fence Boards For SidingUsing Reclaimed Wood for Porch DeckingThe ‘Wally’ Bed: Accessorizing with Salvage But drywall can be a little boring. When discussing this project at the outset with my construction-experienced friend Sunil, I asked him about using tongue-and-groove (T&G) pine paneling for the ceiling, and he suggested the possibility of using reclaimed flooring. At the time I tucked the idea away, since I was then far away from the interior ceiling surface stage and had no ready prospect of where to get reclaimed flooring. The first step is to salvage the wood Fast forward a year or so, and it was finally time to think about what to use for the ceiling. Wen asked around and discovered that her friend Henry from high school is now a real estate developer who would soon be gutting a home in a nearby city! I must say, Wen’s social capital really is incredible. We approached Henry asking if he would be removing the oak floor, and if so, could we salvage it? After checking with his contractor, he very generously agreed to let us take up the old flooring as long we cleaned up after ourselves and didn’t damage the subfloor. Deal! The salvaging process involved prying up each piece with small pry bars and a mini sledgehammer, assisted occasionally by an oscillating multitool for the more recalcitrant pieces. After the pieces were removed, all the nails had to be pulled out by hand. My brother-in-law Bin helped a lot with the harvesting. Even Wen came out for a day to do some labor! After the flooring was removed from its first home, it had to be prepped for its second. That included removing nails. [Image credit: Chris Stratton] I was very grateful, but was wondering why the developer was taking out a perfectly intact hardwood floor. We soon discovered one possible explanation: cats! In particular, cat pee. Some significant fraction — maybe 20% — of the pieces were saturated with cat urine and emanated its most distinctive odor. If we wanted our newly renovated ceiling not to smell like cat piss we would need to sort out the offending 20%. And that would have to be done by individually sniffing each redolent piece and determining its fate. Since my sense of smell is considerably better than Wen’s or Bin’s, the tedious olfactory task unenviably fell to me and my soon-saturated nostrils. Ew. [Note: the ceiling has been installed for several months now, and no hint of any cat smell. So “sniff sorting” was successful!] Estimating quantities We had to estimate how much wood we would need to cover the ceiling. It was important to have enough, because there would be some time between when we harvested the wood and when it would be used. If we underestimated, it might not be possible to get more wood, because it might not be available. To calculate the amount needed, I measured the area of the ceiling: about 600 square feet. I then determined how much each square foot of T&G flooring weighed: about 1.4 lbs. I then multiplied the two to determine the total weight needed: about 850 lb. I rounded up to 900 lb. to account for losses. It turns out I should have rounded up even more, to perhaps 1000 lb., but — oh well. The process of salvaging 900 lb. of wood needed took about 10 days spread over the course of three weeks. I almost always had a helper. It was a lot of work! Calculating the amount of flooring we had by weight: Each square foot weighed about 1.4 pounds. I weighed the wood in 25-pound bundles, and laid it out, marking each increment with blue masking tape. Soon much of the available floor and interior wall space of our house was covered in T&G flooring laid on end. Reclaimed oak flooring soon filled the living space. Preparing the flooring Now that we had the wood needed, we had to prep it. I wanted a light-colored ceiling and the flooring was stained a rather dark brown. I decided to remove the top layer of the wood to expose the natural oak color and then pre-finish it (as opposed to finishing it once it’s installed) with a clear varnish. But how do you efficiently remove the stain on 900 lb. of oak flooring? Any kind of manual sanding or planing would be out of the question. When I was at my friend John’s workshop some weeks earlier, I noticed that he had a self-feeding power planer. This tool came to mind as a potential solution to my problem. I asked John about borrowing his planer and he generously agreed, provided that I return it in the same condition I found it. Deal! Social capital to the rescue, yet again. By the way, southern California really needs to have a tool library for these kinds of expensive tools. They are really great to have when you need them, but you don’t need them very often and you can’t justify buying them or just can’t afford them. In the Bay Area, we lived between two such tool libraries (one in Oakland, one in Berkeley) and we used them all the time. Tool libraries should be everywhere! If you want to learn how to start your own, watch this video of a webinar that Wen helped organize. A piece of flooring before and after planing. We just fed the brown wood in one end of the planer and it magically came out a light natural oak color from the other. Even with a fancy planer, planing over 3800 linear feet of flooring took a long time, but it took much less time than it would have using almost any other method. After the flooring was planed, it needed to be varnished. This would be much easier to do before it was up on the ceiling, because gravity would be on our side. We laid the flooring outside on the patio and driveway and brushed on two coats of varnish. We initially tried using a paint sprayer, but the area we could spray at one time didn’t justify it, and we were going through the expensive varnish too quickly, so we just went back to the brush. Brushing varnish on the flooring while it was on the ground proved much easier than trying to finish it in place. Installing the ceiling Finally the prep work was done and it was time to begin installing our new oak ceiling. This T&G paneling has to be installed bottom to top, left to right, so that the tongue from the last piece would support the next piece. At first I tried installing a few partial rows at once in the same area, but soon found that to be unworkable because the lengths of the pieces varied. I ended up taking down those first few partial trial rows and switched instead to installing one complete row — all the way from the wall to the ridge — at a time. This worked much better, so this was how I proceeded from then on, even though it meant constantly moving the ladders and myself as the roof sloped upward. Each piece of paneling had to be tapped into place with a rubber mallet before being fastened to the 2×3-inch furring strips spaced every 2 feet. I used a pneumatic nailer to drive 16 gauge brads into the corner of the tongues at a 45(ish) degree angle. The pressure on the air compressor has to be set high enough that the brad head did not protrude at all once driven in, but not so high that the brad went all the way through the paneling. It’s crucial that the brad head not protrude, because it otherwise it will create an unsightly gap for the next row of paneling — and innumerable headaches. If everything goes smoothly, you’ll end up with a gap-less surface with no visible fasteners holding down (er, up) the paneling. This process is called “blind nailing.” I did a fair amount of the installation alone, but it was noticeably more than twice as fast when I had an assistant because it meant I didn’t have to climb up and down the ladders so often. Bin and our friend Sang helped out a lot with both the varnishing and the installation. We sorted all the salvaged pieces into four categories, depending on which of the T&G ends were still intact: tops, bottoms, middles, alternates. Each T&G piece is not supported just from the side by the previously installed row, but also from the piece below it. The bottom pieces went next to the walls, the tops went at the ridge, the middles went in between, and the alternate pieces were set aside in case we ran out. [Spoiler: we did run out and had to use them.] Installing the ceiling required a good deal of running up and down ladders. The major downside of the alternate pieces is that they have to end in the middle of a furring strip. The intact pieces (tops, bottoms, middles) can end in between furring strips because the tongue from the piece below supports them (keeping them from moving in and out relative to the plane of the ceiling). But alternate pieces, having neither the tongue nor the groove end intact, have to be supported from behind by one of the 2×3 furring strips. This meant every single alternate piece had to be custom cut to fall in the middle of a furring strip. What a pain in the ass. Because of several factors — the non-uniformity of the planing, the furring strips perhaps not being perfectly in the same plane, and the difficulty of working overhead — it was impossible to avoid some gaps in the paneling. By necessity, I began to regard these irregularities as a feature, not a bug. “It has character” became our refrain. This layer is not part of the thermal envelope, so it doesn’t have to be airtight, so gaps weren’t a functional problem either. Whether or not gaps are an aesthetic problem depends on your perspective. Gradually we started to get the hang of it and slowly the new ceiling began taking shape. Best of all, given the amount of effort involved, it looked pretty good! Eventually we got into a decent rhythm, and were installing up to 20 or so rows a day by the end. Below is a time lapse video of Sang and me. Finally we got to the last row and the ceiling was done. It was the end of a long journey. All told, the preparation and installation of the ceiling took about a month. A month! Conclusions Was it worth it? I suppose there are differing ways to think about the “worth” of using salvaged oak flooring for our ceiling. I definitely prefer the distinctive look of it to a drywall ceiling. A purchased pine T&G ceiling with wider, longer pieces would have gone up much more quickly and looked more uniform. The smaller, varied pieces of our ceiling give it its character, but they are also what made it so incredibly labor-intensive. It’s not perfectly uniform, but the ceiling has character, and it kept a lot of oak out of the landfill. From a broader perspective, surely there is some value to all of us collectively when we are able to repurpose perfectly functional oak flooring that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. The small stand of trees that would have been cut down to supply new paneling can instead keep doing their beautiful thing, regulating temperature, providing habitat, absorbing CO2, and releasing oxygen — in short, helping to keep us and other living creatures alive. A thing that helps keep us alive surely has value, right? What about from a strictly financial perspective? The price of lower end pre-finished T&G pine paneling is about $3/square foot, including tax and delivery. Our ceiling ended up at around 660 square feet, so materials cost would have been around $2,000. My approximation is that 135 person-hours were spent harvesting sorting, planing, and varnishing the wood. The zero VOC varnish that we used to seal the wood cost about $250. So at $1,750/135 person-hours, our time is valued at about $13/hour. If our time is worth more than that (and it definitely is), then it’s not a great deal. This number would decrease further if I factored in how much less time it would take to cover the same area with uniform 6-inch-wide pieces rather than non-uniform 2-inch-wide pieces. But, but! We’re not comparing it to a pine ceiling, we’re comparing it to an oak ceiling (something that no one in their right mind would install, but still!). That would make materials closer to $5/square foot, making our labor worth more like $22.50/hour. Still not great, but better. The return would have been marginally better had I used a cheaper varnish. Another point to consider: now I know how to salvage, prep, and install T&G flooring. What is acquiring that skill worth? In thinking about this I’m reminding myself of the priorities for the project I established at the beginning. The number-one priority was (and is) to learn, and in this case that goal was definitely achieved. I think it’s a beautiful ceiling. I’m glad we did it. I learned a ton in the process of salvaging, prepping, and installing the wood. But one of the things I learned is that I’m not sure if I would do this again. If I did do another salvaged floor-ceiling, at least I now have a good sense of what I’d be getting into. A footnote It’s been a few months now since we finished the ceiling, and other progress has been made on the space, including walls that have been sheetrocked and painted. Installing drywall was yet another learning curve for me, but I probably won’t do a dedicated write-up of that process. Suffice it to say that instead of the usual three-stage drywall process, mine was more like five or so. The end result looks fine, it just took me a long time. Noticing a trend? My great fear that our new ceiling would smell of cat piss has proven mercifully unfounded. And beyond that the end result turned out — dare I say it — lovely. It’s definitely quirky and eye-catching, and it’s nearly always the first thing people comment on when entering the space for the first time. I see its flaws, but I’m happy with it. Not a bad approach for life in general, I suppose. Other posts by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee An Introduction A Car-Free Experiment Demolition Our House Becomes a Giant Foam Box, Part 1 Giant Foam Box, Part 2 Let’s Kill the Lawn Vaulting the Ceiling Our First Year With Solar Panels Introducing the Share Shed
Liverpool youngster Hoever aiming for big U17 World Cupby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is preparing for a big FIFA U17 World Cup.The talented defender will miss several weeks of action for the Reds as he seeks glory with the Netherlands in Brazil.”I’m really looking forward to it,” Hoever told Liverpoolfc.com.”It’s a big experience to go all the way to Brazil and play games over there in decent stadiums. I hope a lot of people will come to watch and we’ll have a crowd.”It’s a big thing in Holland, a lot of people watch it. It’s on one of the biggest television [networks] in Holland, it’s watched and it’s quite big.”Of course, if you win it or make it far, there’s a lot of attention.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say