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Is The 1960s World’s Fair Underground Home Still There? An Investigation: Gothamist

http://gothamist.com/2017/03/20/underground_home_worlds_fair_revisited.php

A San Francisco startup 3D printed a whole house in 24 hours feedly

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A San Francisco startup 3D printed a whole house in 24 hours
// engadget

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San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor built a whole house in a Russian town within 24 hours. It didn’t repair an existing home or use prefabricated parts to make that happen — its technology’s secret lies in 3D printing. The company used a mobile 3D printer to print out the house’s concrete walls, partitions and building envelope. Workers had to manually paint it and install the roofing materials, wiring, hydro-acoustic and thermal insulation, but even those didn’t take them that much time.

The result is a 400-square-foot house that’s around as big as a standard hotel room. It’s no mansion, but it could be a good choice for people who prefer tiny homes. Apis Cor says the whole house set it back $10,134, with the door and windows eating up the largest part of the budget. That sounds about right for a tiny home, though that amount doesn’t seem to including the cost of the land itself.

The company has uploaded a video of the process you can watch below. It even shows what the interior looks like with appliances, including a curved TV that fits the house’s curved wall, provided by Samsung. If Apis Cor does start 3D printing houses, owners can choose any shape they want and even choose to make one larger than this compact abode.

Via: The Daily Dot

Source: Apis Cor

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Failures in Outlet Testing Exposed

http://www.ecmweb.com/contractor/failures-outlet-testing-exposed

The Man Behind Jersey City’s Fence Art Mystery | Video | NJTV News

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/man-behind-jersey-citys-fence-art-mystery/#.WLExmdVP4Xc.facebook

Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/nyregion/resilient-design-american-copper-buildings-weather-flooding.html

Dear Wirecutter: What’s the Best Way to Clear Snow From a Flat Roof? feedly

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Dear Wirecutter: What’s the Best Way to Clear Snow From a Flat Roof?
// The Wirecutter

Q: Our home is a mid-century modern home in the Washington DC region with 4,000 square feet of flat roof when you factor in overhangs, porches, etc. What we can’t sort out is: What’s the most effective way of removing snow from a residential flat roof without breaking (in order of importance) our marriage, our backs, the roof, or our bank account?

Last year the drifts got up to our waists, and even the trusty shovels you suggested couldn’t dig it out… One even snapped under the pressure! Pretty sure it was user error, but still. We were up on our roof morning, noon, and night shoveling to keep it from collapsing.

Short of reroofing the house with heated lining (it’s currently a relatively new modified bitumen roof surface), we’ve researched commercial heated blankets meant for warming construction foundations, solar solutions, roof-friendly salts, roof-friendly snow blowers, leaf blowers strong enough for heavy snow, and a few other desperate ideas, I’m sure—but our amateur research has come up short on all of these.

Our current plan is to wait for your next iteration of snow blower recs and pick one that allows us to raise the blades so they don’t cut the roof surface, and just leave it up there for the season, but we’re afraid it won’t work for the high snow sitting on the vulnerable-to-leaking, hard-to-reach corners and edges. What do you think is the best solution for removing snow from a flat roof?

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New Ranking Of Best New Jersey School Districts In 2017 – Morristown, NJ Patch

http://patch.com/new-jersey/morristown/new-ranking-best-new-jersey-school-districts-2017