Articles by Hubert CrowellStories from my days in constuction work
Where is the 13th Floor?
If you visit Plymouth Harbor Retirement Community in Sarasota, Florida and enter the elevator of the spectacular 25 story tower, you will not find a 13th floor. The building is really only 24 stories high. The 13th floor was shipped back to the factory!
Over Design, Dome and Ring Beam Construction
We were making our second trip around the ring beam bringing the stress up in stages to prevent damage to the columns. I had planned on connecting to each cable four times during the stressing procedure. Suddenly there was a large pop and all that I could see were workers scrambling down off the building!
Construction Nughtmare, Varsity Gymnasium
For more than 40 years, the 8,000 seat venue at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina has stood up to heavy snows and tough winters. When it opened in 1968, the facility was North Carolina's largest indoor athletic facility west of Charlotte and Winston-Salem.
Building A Home Theater
The first step in building a good home theater is to get a job with a major producer of projection equipment to learn how to set up and maintain your home theater. Although this is what I did, of course it is not necessary to go to that extreme.
Home Theater Tips
Building a home theater can be a challenge, here are a few tips that may make things simpler. Is you theater a place you visit or is it your TV room? Do you invite others over for a movie?
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