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Purlins are part of a roof’s structure and are long pieces of wood or metal placed horizontally on top of the roof’s rafters and beams. According to dictionaryofconstruction.com, purlins, “support roof loads and transfer them to roof beams.”
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The renovations at Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor are coming along nicely! The walls are dry walled and Maine Coast Construction is preparing to complete the project for the summer season. Maine Coast Construction VP Mark DeMichele snapped the following progress photos last week of the library.
Starting in the fall of 2012, Maine Coast Construction has been renovating the former Grace Youth Center in Tenants Harbor to be St. George’s new library. The building is only five-years-old and is over 9,000 square feet situated on 8 acres of land. It is located right next to the St. George School at 71 Main Street.
Maine Coast Construction of Camden is in need of employees for Residential Custom Homes & Renovations. If you have five years or more of experience, are self motivated, and have good work ethics, we want to talk with you!
We are also looking for foreman & laborers for steel work.
Motivation and great work ethics are a must!
Send your application to 107 Elm Street, Camden, ME 04843.
According to the dictionaryofconstruction.com, a portico is
- “A covered walk consisting of a roof supported on columns.
- A colonnaded (continuous row of columns)
The word portico is Italian and the portico structure is found in ancient Greek temples. Today porticos are popular for residential entrances and also entrances to schools and other buildings that use elements of Greek architecture.
We are getting a new parking area!
Thanks to Marriners and the nice weather that we are having, we are excited to see this project moving forward!
Congratulations to Hope Elephants for being a 2013 Write-In Winner of the Bangor Savings Community Matters More Grant! For more information about the grant and to see the other winners, please visit http://www.bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx
To read more about the barn we built for Rosie and Opal (Hope Elephants’ residents) click here.
Sweet Peas Consignment Boutique in Rockland is now accepting donations for the Lewiston Fire victims. You can bring donations to 150 Union Street (corner of Union Street and Willow Street) in Rockland during business hours:
Monday – Friday 9-5
Donations will be accepted through the end of the day Saturday. For more information email email@example.com or call (207) 594-0095.
The U-factor and R-value are both measures how much heat (or cold) can pass through a given piece of a building such as a window, wall or floor. The U-factor is the original measurement taken and is used to calculate the R-value. Let me explain…
The U-factor represents how much heat or cold can pass through an object so the higher the U-factor the worse the object (such as a window) is at insulating while the R-value represents how good the object is at insulating so the higher the R-value the better the object is at insulating.
The R-value is calculated using the U-factor’s reciprocal value. A reciprocal value is when you take a fraction and flip it. For example, a U-factor of 0.35 = 35/100 so it’s reciprocal R-value would be 100/35 = 2.9.
The R-value is a better presentation of the data than the U-factor because it increases with the quality of the window and the values are not small fractions. For this reason the R-value is used most often in labeling for windows, etc.
Reference: p. 33 “U-Factor and R-Value: What’s the Difference?” Journal of Light Construction, Vol. 31
Despite the rainy, cold, overcast weather, work continues quickly on a custom Camden home. The spacious basement is shaping up nicely. According to the project manager Mark DeMichele: “This custom home has a ground level or ‘daylight’ basement/garage that opens out to the low end of the property. The entire lower level is heated with radiant in-floor heating. About three-fifths of the lower level consists of the garage, which is designed with three bays; the remainder of the lower level will accommodate utility, storage and shop space.”