Kirks Folly

20 Feb 19
David, Janet and Toby's Adventures

Today is our 37th Wedding Anniversary and we decided to celebrate it by doing a long walk and exploring the city of Perth. We drove to Scone, (pronounced Skoon) and parked in the church carpark. The Church was built in 1786 near to Scone Palace but moved to its present site in 1806 using stone […]

19 Feb 19
The Dandies

By Velvet Wells I am quiet and cautious in real life so I love to be adventurous when I am improvising geek comedy with The Dandies. Captain Tachyon Field is my improvised Star Trek character in Holodeck Follies. I play him as an idealistic adventurer with a touch of the rogue scoundrel waiting to emerge. […]

16 Feb 19
The Grace Wife

The media is full of sex and lust these days. You can’t even watch commercials anymore without seeing sex. It’s everywhere. And being that it’s so widely used in the media, we have accepted it, even as Christians. We have slowly allowed unbiblical sex to sneak into our society, and fill our minds with the […]

04 Feb 19
Random Scottish History

St Phileas and Philoromus, martyrs in Egypt, circ. 309. St Isidore of Pelusium, 449. St Modan, abbot in Scotland, 7th century. St Rembert, archbishop of Bremen, 888. St Andrew Corsini, bishop, 1373. St Jane (or Joan), queen of France, 1505. St Joseph of Leonissa, 1612.   Died. – Lucius Septimius Severus, 211, York; Giambatista Porta, […]

25 Jan 19
Clan Carruthers Int LLC

Clan Carruthers Int Society LLC                             Promptus et Fidelis   Robert Burns and His Night   A short synopsis on the life of the bard taken from W. E. Henley’s Essay ‘Life, Genius Achievement’: 1759 saw the birth of the most popular poet, […]

25 Jan 19
Random Scottish History

A short synopsis on the life of the bard taken from W. E. Henley’s Essay ‘Life, Genius Achievement’: 1759 saw the birth of the most popular poet, and the most anti-clerical withal, that Scotland ever bred. He came of the people on both sides; he had a high courage, a proud heart, a daring mind, […]

24 Jan 19
Filippo M. Sposini

In March 1873 the Parliament of Ontario approved an “Act to make further provision to the custody of insane persons” (SO, 1873, Chap. XXXI). This statute introduced important directions for the care of the insane in Ontario and it mainly dealt with the steps for confining people into public asylums. The fundamental novelty concerned the prescription […]

23 Jan 19
Music and Diverse Cultures

For this field study, I interviewed my father, lead bassist of the Krushtones and guitarist of the Two Daves. He was never not around music growing up. When he was shy of five, he first recalled watching his older brother playing drums at a school dance. There was also a drum set in the house, […]

14 Jan 19
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boal and principal dancer Jonathan Porretta have announced that after a 20-year career with the Company, Mr. Porretta – one of PNB’s most beloved dancers since 1999 – will retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. Mr. Porretta’s acclaimed career will be celebrated at PNB’s Season Encore Performance […]

12 Jan 19
Hoang Lan Dang

Withering Heights Emily Bronté Chapter 16 ‘These things happened last winter, sir,’ said Mrs. Dean; ‘hardly more than a year ago.  Last winter, I did not think, at another twelve months’ end, I should be amusing a stranger to the family with relating them!  Yet, who knows how long you’ll be a stranger?  You’re too […]

12 Jan 19
Q: Tim, is it possible to build a multi-story home with no, or few, interior bearing walls or beams? I’ve looked at lumber span tables and regular lumber doesn’t seem to be able to do what I want to be done. What are my options, and have you ever solved this problem before? –Stewart F., Portland, Maine A: You can build a multi-story home with no bearing walls. It’s been done for decades. Amazingly, it’s done using regular 2-by-4s to solve the problem! No, that’s not a typo! Let’s first discuss the span tables that Stewart mentioned. A span table is a chart that shows how far a certain floor joist can span and not bend too much depending on several factors. The wood species, the grade of the lumber, and the height or size of the floor joist are the primary things taken into consideration when creating the tables. It’s important to realize that different species of lumber have different strength characteristics. When I was building every day, Douglas fir was one of the strongest types of lumber you could buy. Southern Yellow Pine was also very strong. Hemlock, on the other hand, was somewhat weak. Decades ago I used floor trusses made with ordinary 2-by-4s to create the floor of a large room addition for a client. He refused to have any interior load-bearing walls or beams and also wanted a floor that was as solid as concrete with no bounce in it. Magic floor trusses solve problems like these and offer much more to architects, builders and homeowners. A floor truss is made in a factory where common roof trusses are made. Advanced computer technology designs the exact size and shape of the truss to meet whatever specifications you require. The end result is a wood floor truss that looks much like large steel bridges that span rivers and canyons. I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of these where the horizontal top and bottom members of the bridge are connected by numerous other pieces of steel that look like a bunch of connected letter Ws one after another along the side of the bridge. This design can be done with steel, 2-by-4s and even toothpicks for class science projects! Plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical contractors love working with floor trusses. They have virtually unlimited places to run pipes, ducts and cables, never having to drill one hole. The center of each floor truss almost always has a wide-open chase for a heating or cooling contractor to install his primary supply ducting down the center of the entire floor from one end to the other. A floor truss can be designed to span 30 or more feet with ease. The truss manufacturer can build them so strong that there’s no bounce to the floor at all. This comes in very handy if you desire a tile floor. Tile and grout can crack if installed over wood floors that are springy and bouncy. Two or three carpenters can easily move around these giant floor trusses. You don’t need to have a large crane on a job site to set them. Each truss is an identical copy of the one next to it so the finished floor is flat and smooth with no humps or dips in it. These imperfections are quite common with normal dimensional lumber floor joists. You can discover lots more about floor trusses as well as the closest lumberyard near you that can order them for you. Visit: Since each job is different, these epic building materials are not a stock item you can just go pick up today. This is why you’ve probably never ever seen them before. I guarantee you’ll be spellbound when you discover all that floor trusses make possible. Q: Tim, I hope you can help me. A recent bathroom remodeling job turned into a larger project resulting in a large patch of wall plaster that’s got to be replaced. My contractor’s drywall people have never done plaster repair. How would you fix a 3 foot by 3 foot hole in the wall if it were your home? I’m tempted to try to do the plaster repair myself. Do you think this is folly? –Ann W., Montrose, Calif. A: Situations like this had to be part of the inspiration for the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could.” My nickname at home is “Dream Crusher” because I often inject reality into family discussions. More often than not in DIY situations, however, I take the opposite tack. I say, “Get a simple plastering trowel out and get to work!” Yes, you can achieve professional results with the right attitude and some guidance. You’re blessed to be living in an age where technology permits the easy sharing of knowledge. Quite a few professionals have invested vast amounts of time and resources to create excellent step-by-step videos of how to do thousands of projects. I’ve been doing it for nearly 20 years and have over 650 DIY videos on my AsktheBuilder YouTube channel. Kirk Giordano is another example. He’s a professional plasterer that lives and works in the Bay Area. He’s created hundreds and hundreds of videos sharing his hard-earned knowledge about plaster and stucco installation. Kirk is a great teacher and has several videos that show you exactly how to make a plaster repair such as this. What if I told you that you could have the repair completed start to finish in less than two hours? The plaster you need is probably in a bag at a local plaster distributor not too far from your home. Or you can buy it online and have it delivered to your home. The special plaster trowel you need with the curved corners is also affordable and readily available. You’ll be blown away when you see how easy it is to apply the fresh plaster and trowel it so it’s smooth. If you completely botch the job, then just chop it out and try again. But I’m convinced that after watching Kirk’s videos, you’ll get it right the first time! (Need an answer? All of Tim’s past columns are archived for free at You can also watch hundreds of videos, download Quick Start Guides and more, all for free.) [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
12 Jan 19
The Crowded Bookcase

The following is a timeline I put together to keep track of the classics I intended to read. The timeline consists of 400+ of the best books of all time, by century, across the genres of philosophy, religion, science, history, and literature.

11 Jan 19
Reformed Hope

In the course of being married nearly ten years and being a parent for almost that long (#honeymoon babies rock!!!), I’ve had numerous discussions with people about marriage and children. Additionally, my wife and I have had more than a few conversations about children and parenting. One thing I have come to see is that […]

02 Jan 19
A World of Words - Lucinda Byatt

[This article appeared in Historical Novels Review, issue 86, November 2018, 8-9] “The whole-life novel is a small genre with very eclectic exemplars.” William Boyd, a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author, has made it something of a trademark, having now written five. They include The New Confessions (Hamish Hamilton 1987), Nat Tate: An American Artist, 1928-1960 (Bloomsbury, […]

30 Dec 18
Chandra Lockey - Blog

You’re looking at magnificent floor trusses. These are spanning 28 feet, but you can go greater distances with ease. There’s no need for a bearing wall or beam under them to support the weight of the floor above. (C) Copyright 2018 Tim Carter No Interior Bearing Walls QUESTION #1: Tim, is it possible to build […]