looking SW from entry hall into dining room – Tinsley Living Farm – Museum of the Rockies – 2013-07-08

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looking SW from entry hall into dining room - Tinsley Living Farm - Museum of the Rockies - 2013-07-08

Looking from the entrance hall into the dining room on the first floor of the house on the grounds of the Tinsley Lliving Farm at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

The house was constructed in 1889 by William and Lucy (Nave) Tinsley. William Tinsley worked for Wells Fargo and migrated to Montana in 1864. Lucy was a dressmaker who emigrated to Virginia City, Montana, the same year. Both were originally from Missouri. They met in Virginia City, married in 1867, and relocated to Willow Creek in the Gallatin Valley (about 40 miles west of Bozeman). They built a homestead log cabin (about the size of the current blacksmith shop), and lived there until 1889. Their first child was born in 1868, and by 1889 they had eight kids.

William Tinsley built the family a two-story home out of logs taken from the nearby Tobacco Root Mountains. The oldest children helped haul the logs, which took two days to get to the homestead. The structure took two years to construct. Most of the items in the house were ordered from the Sears catalog. The family occupied the house until the 1920s.

The house was purchased by the museum in 1987, and moved from its original location to the Museum of the Rockies in 1989. Refurbished with items donated by Tinsley descendants, it now serves as a living history museum. The house sits on 10 acres of land, and includes a historically accurate kitchen garden, flower garden, chicken coop, farm implements, carriage house, blacksmith shop, root cellar, outhouse, functioning well and pump, storage shed, and fields. A full cellar was excavated beneath Tinsley House as well.

Visitors are free to touch and use many of the items in Tinsley House. A staff of historical re-enactors includes four women who cook, clean, sew, and perform chores around the house as well as a blacksmith who does ironmongery and repairs.

Posted by Tim Evanson on 2013-07-23 02:17:01

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Why You Should Install A CCTV System At Your Home

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CCTV stands for closed circuit television; it was unearthed in the era of the 1940’s when it was first used to observe rocket launching closely in Germany by Siemens AG. CCTV is a type of video monitoring system based on strategically placed video cameras, which capture local footage to broadcast it either to a private network for real time viewing or to a video recorder for future viewing. In recent times, it has become an increasingly necessary factor in the security and surveillance of a particular area for business, governments, schools, military, commercial spaces and even homes.

CCTV system, a must at home

Nowadays, it’s necessary for the homeowner’s to install CCTV cameras in and around their home because of the rapid rise in the cases of trespassing, burglary, murders, vandalism, etc. With surveillance cameras installed in your home, you can monitor all the activities which are taking place in your absence.

CCTV footage as judicial evidence

Yes, it is true that CCTV itself can do anything to prevent the act of crime and it is just a mere audience. But, a CCTV camera installed at your home develops a feeling of doubt in the mind of the criminal. CCTV footage is very helpful to the police to investigate both criminal and domestic cases. Moreover, an image recorded by these cameras is judicial evidence to convict the criminal in court. Unlike human watchman, these cameras never go on leave and always work efficiently and reliably.

CCTV cameras protect you even when you are at home

CCTV cameras installed at the main entrance of your gate helps you to see who is at the doors so, that you can avoid opening the main door for anonymous individual.

Significant decrease in the cost of CCTV equipment in the recent years

CCTV cameras are no longer expensive to install in your home. In the last few years, many CCTV manufacturers have made much advancement in the field of security and surveillance to offer you affordable round the clock security.

Follow the privacy law

If you are thinking to install a CCTV system in your home, then you should comply with the privacy laws. This means ensuring that your CCTV camera is not pointed at other people’s houses, public property or other public spaces

Final words

If CCTV cameras are used responsibly and appropriately, then this security system surely has enormous benefits to the homeowners.… Read More

The Truth About Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are synonymous with timeless beauty. This centuries old floor covering remains as popular today as ever, and with good reason. No other flooring type matches the natural beauty, elegance, and charm of a wood floor.

If you are thinking about purchasing hardwood floors for your home, learning about the different types, species, options and finishes is essential. Should you buy a solid or engineered wood floor? What does “handscraped” mean? Can a hardwood floor be installed over a concrete slab? How can you keep your flooring investment in top shape for years to come?

Types of Hardwood Flooring

There are many choices when it comes to wood floors. Differences in the way each piece is constructed, harvesting methods, and finishing processes make some types of wood better for specific installations than others.

Hardwood flooring types and terms include:

* Solid: Approximately 3/4″ of an inch thick, solid wood floors come from a single piece of hardwood cut into planks. Solid wood planks are installed above grade only, never in a basement or over a concrete slab.

* Engineered: Engineered wood floors are available in assorted thicknesses, generally ranging from 1/4″ to 1/2″. Construction involves laminating and gluing several wood plies together to form a single plank. Engineered planks may be installed over a dry concrete slab.

* Longstrip: Longstrip is a variation on engineered construction, resulting in a wider and longer single plank.

* Exotic: Exotic is the term used for wood floors that come from various world locations, including Asia, Australia, Africa, Germany, South America and Russia.

* Handscraped: Extremely popular, hand-scraped floors are wood planks that have been scraped by hand to give each piece a worn and ancient look. They are available in both engineered and solid construction.

* Distressed: Similar to handscraped, distressed hardwood is machine scraped to give it a unique look and texture.

* Pre-finished and Unfinished: Pre-finished means that the finish was applied at the factory, before purchase and installation. Unfinished floors must be finished after installation. Pre-finished floors offer a wider variety of choices and less clean-up after installation. Unfinished floors attain a more customized look after the finish is applied.

Types of Installation

Wood flooring installation is done in several different ways, depending on the wood type and placement. The most common methods are:

Nail or staple down: Nails or staples are used to secure each plank to the subfloor. These cannot be installed over concrete slabs.

Glue: Glue is used to secure individual planks to the subfloor.

Glue-less: A relatively new method, glue-less installation involves connecting interlocking planks without the use of wood adhesive.

Floating: A favorite with do-it-yourselfers, floating floors sit above the subfloor without being secured to it. In most cases, wood glue is used between each plank’s tongue and groove.

A Word about Finishes

For years, maintaining a hardwood floor meant a hefty commitment in both time and money. The initial cost notwithstanding, periodic sanding, buffing, and waxing was necessary to care for wood flooring. … Read More

Home Remodeling Improves Selling Points

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Many homeowners get advice from real estate specialists when they start thinking about selling a home. They want to find out which ways they can use home remodeling projects to increase the value of the home and find out about which home improvements will be good selling points to buyers that visit during an open house. It is possible for homeowners to reap great rewards with a few home remodeling projects that are done just right.

A home buyer is clearly interested in looking at homes that offer a lot of storage space. A homeowner can create space from areas that already have cabinets by moving out furniture in the home that hides available space from view. There are many nooks and crannies around doorways that can be better utilized by constructing vertical cabinets that are left open that can be used to store a variety of objects and free up space on coffee tables at a later date.

Some homeowners choose to improve the laundry room because this is one space in the home that is used a lot. By creating several shelves that offer storage of large articles, the room becomes a magical and fun place to do laundry. The home remodeling could also include the addition of a recessed ironing board and a deep sink that makes watering plants in an outdoor garden a very easy task to achieve.

The usual items that home buyers always expect to find are new faucets and covers on electrical sockets. A home buyer might be delighted to find a whirlpool bath and a separate shower with doors between some bathroom areas that would ensure that the user had some privacy. Some homeowners put large shower heads in and some romantic lighting so that the bathing experience can be more luxurious.

Some home buyers look at some selling points as a way to save hard earned cash. A homeowner that adds a new heating and air conditioning unit to the home remodeling list is sure to get rave reviews from everyone that chooses to visit the open house. A good stain on the outside fence makes the backyard seem more spacious and delightfully pleasant to use.

A homeowner can truly enthrall prospective buyers by adding another bedroom to the home. The number of bedrooms and bathrooms are one of the biggest selling points that a homeowner can offer to prospective buyers. Every bedroom should seem spacious so homeowners will usually move excess furniture out to make the place more presentable. With a fresh coat of paint and repairs done to every wall, a homeowner is certain to have a home remodeling project completed that they can be proud of and one that will bring in offers from home buyers soon.… Read More

Acoustic Ceiling Removal – Popcorn or Texture?

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The decision to attempt acoustic ceiling removal is not something most people jump into without a bit of forethought. There are both pros and cons to consider before making a choice to either keep that popcorn ceiling or scrape it off and replace it with some type of wall texture. I have tried to cover the most important issues in this article to help you make the choice best for your situation.

The Pros of Acoustic Ceiling Removal

  • The money: Acoustic removal usually increases the value and marketability of your home, sometimes dramatically. A textured ceiling is by most opinions far more appealing and buyers will pay for what they like.
  • Removal reduces the nesting places for bugs such as dust mites and spiders. In my experience, it is more likely than not to see spider webs on close examination of an older acoustic ceiling.
  • Because the rough acoustic ceiling texture tends to trap light and create a shadowing effect replacing with modern knockdown or similar texture can make the room appear much brighter and more open.
  • The new ceiling can be painted the same color as the walls or a different color if you desire. You are not stuck with an “acoustic white” or one of the shades of yellow acoustic tends to turn over the years.
  • Cleaning the dust and dirt that accumulates around ceiling vents and ceiling fans is next to impossible with out damaging and/or creating a mess of acoustic kernels on an acoustic ceiling.

The Cons of Acoustic Ceiling Removal

  • The money: Removing a popcorn ceiling, repairing the drywall, applying texture, priming and finally painting can be very expensive if done by a contractor.
  • Sometimes acoustic is applied because that gnarly texture hides damage. Hidden drywall damage usually means more time needed from the crew’s drywall patch masters, along with additional material which of course equals more money out of your pocket.
  • The removal process can be a lot of work if done yourself. There is a lot of information out there on the web to help guide you through the process. In fact, our site, BigRehab.com, has a systematic manual on the process. Removal is hard work that requires a certain level of skill, skill that only comes with experience. Before taking on the removal of an entire home, I highly suggest you get started by doing a small bedroom or office to size up what you are getting into. Many errors in coating the drywall or applying the texture will not be seen until the paint is applied and has dried.
  • Some popcorn/acoustic ceilings contain asbestos. If your ceiling contains asbestos above the threshold level you must follow your state and local laws regarding removal and disposal of this hazardous waste product. This will include multiple air samples, protective clothing and respiration gear, specialized sealers, portable showers, heppa air filtration, etc. Can you see the dollars piling up yet? Asbestos removal is very expensive.

Popcorn or Texture

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Home Depot Stores Operations Improvement Plan Project

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In order to become more competitive, a particular company should use principles and techniques of operations management, such as identification, planning, analysis, design, testing, implementation, and review of a selected improvement plan (OIP); should be able to analyze candidate processes within the company to select a substantive process of appropriate scope to meet the operations improvement plan objectives; should be able to select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to the creation of an operations improvement plan; should be able to identify applicable ISO certification standards and incorporate appropriately to fortify the improvement process and finally, should be able to identify the anticipated costs and benefits associated with the operations improvement plan(Kenneth, 2008).

Operations Improvement Plan

The Home Depot is still guided today by those values established by its founders: “excellent customer service, taking care of people, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for all people, building strong relationships, doing the right thing, giving back to communities, and creating shareholder value. From the beginning, The Home Depot developed strategic product alliances directly with industry-leading manufacturers to deliver the most exclusive assortments to customers” (Home Depot, 2008).

I have been working at Home Depot fro almost three years.  I have been asking myself, why some particular skus are always out of stock.  I mistakenly though that theses skus have been always in high demand that their suppliers may have not produced enough to satisfy their clients.  I curiously asked that question in receiving department and realized that nobody knew the causes:” What factors could be contributing to the problem”?   I decided to consider this question as my Professional Challenge Project.  Is this out of stock a” failure of strategic planning at the operational level at Home Depot”? Have they ever tried a “continuum of change, not only in physical technologies but in managerial technologies as well”?  Many companies, including Home Depot “are coming to the realization that their survival depends on the capability to manage production as a premier strategic function” (Kasul, 1995).

Out of stocks skus is a key challenge facing Home Depot Stores.  I did identify a set of three support processes that could help Home Depot best serve its customers the product or service they need, in a speedy manner. Theses processes are: Pack in, Pack down and Inter store cross merchandises. All these three processes complete each other to make “Order Fulfillment Process” work as planned.  I know the importance of these processes from my own observations.  They are the bone of product availability to customers.  Does Home Depot uses any technology to help the human workforce to accurately deliver good results?  According to my fishbone diagrame, I realized that the picture showed multiple causes of out of stock.  Then, I had to draw a flowchart to pinpoint where the changes might be most effective.  Consequently, receiving department became the target, where out of stock might have been originated.  This was confirmed later by the results of my survey and interview.

First, “Pack-out” is a process where products coming in … Read More