Posts by Foster Lyons

Excess Water of Construction

Parallel lines have so much in common.  It’s a shame they never get to meet. How much excess water is still in a house at the end of the building process when you turn over the keys to the new homeowner? Dynamic problems – problems whose outcome changes as time progresses – are fun, but,…

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Pavement

By Foster Lyons.  August 19, 2018 Asphalt, macadam, black-top?  Which one should I specify? And, is tarmac only for airport runways? First, it’s ass-fault, not ash-fault and, not az-fault.  Very humorous for sixth graders.  Ash-fault is for Canadians and paving contractors in Queens and some parts of Westchester County. Are those jimmies, sprinkles or shots?…

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Why, then, should we use ornament?

Answer: Because, we like it, and, sometimes it has a functional purpose. Lots of stuff goes out of use but stays in fashion. There is a historical reason for this hood ornament[1], but, these days, the car would be perfectly functional without it. It just wouldn’t be a Rolls Royce. It’s sort of like the…

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Singing Chimneys

This week’s question: Is there a preferred way to build and operate a meat aging room? Last week’s question: Why does my fireplace and chimney make that crazy howling sound on windy nights? Vitruvius was a well-known blogger during the Roman era and some of the things he wrote about are still interesting today. For…

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Infra-Red Light and Low-e Glass

This week’s question: Why does my fireplace and chimney make that crazy howling sound on windy nights? Last week’s question: What’s going on in this photo? Answer: That’s an image of an infra-red electromagnetic wave reflection off the inside of a window. And the camera man is wearing a hard hat. According to Plutarch[1], old…

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Why does my hot tub cover get heavier over time?

Hey, I’ve got an idea. How about we reduce our carbon footprint just in case it helps with that global warming thing. I propose we take a tiny little bit of that foul crude oil and use it against itself – sort of like Darth Vader turning on the Rebel Alliance. We’ll process just a…

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