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Repairing or improving one’s home is like many other human endeavors – it has changed and evolved and generally become easier and more convenient, thanks mainly to developments in product technology.
Painting a room, for example, used to be a lengthy, smelly ordeal. Oil-based
Chicago’s residential foundations come in various materials – poured concrete, concrete block, brick and stone. There’s even a type of foundation material, though long out of use, that was once common to the Midwest – “telephone tile,” a webbed block of terra
The phrase “rule of thumb” has ancient antecedents and no one really knows where it came from. Most likely, it resulted from early artisans, builders and masons using their thumb as a constant for measurement – a bit rough but effective. There is a specious