Part time house/pet sitter needed (Framingham)

Part time house/pet sitter needed (Framingham)

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New Home Construction – Plumbing Part One

New Home Construction – Plumbing Part One

I titled this article “Part One” because there is much to be covered in the plumbing topic. Today let’s talk about the water supply lines that will go into your new home. We’ll begin with a product called Pex. It is rapidly replacing the use of copper for new home water lines.

Pex is the industry given name for a form of plastic plumbing lines for water supply in a new home. The correct name is cross-linked polyethylene. A special manufacturing process has created a durable plastic ideal for use in water supply lines. PEX tubing is made from a plastic created from molecules of high-density polyethylene that have been permanently linked together by a process called cross-linking. There have been attempts in the past to develop plastic lines and these have met with varying degrees of success or lack thereof.

This time they got it right.Here is what the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing had to say about Pex on their website (see link below):

“In parallel layouts where supply lines are dedicated to one fixture, only two fittings are used. Labor costs can be lower than rigid piping system installations.

There is less heat loss from PEX than there is from metallic pipe. The small diameter tubing that can be used in parallel installations allows less water consumption waiting for delivery of the heated water.

Polyethylene has no VOCs and can be recycled.

Successfully used in Europe and the U.S. for over 30 years. Extensive testing and certification is conducted to assure durability and resistance to effects of high and low temperatures and chlorine.”

It is important to note that Pex is approved by all codes in the US. The plumbing industry is rapidly embracing it as it proving to be the far superior product.

In a typical installation when using copper, the supply lines are placed under and in the slab foundation. The problem with that is if you develop a leak under the slab, then you must jack hammer your floor to access the leak, if you can find it. Copper reacts with concrete and will corrode over time if in direct contact. Plumbers try to sleeve the copper where it passes through the foundation, but can’t always be sure that in the placement of the concrete that the sleeving wasn’t compromised.

Pex may be installed under the slab as well. Where it passes through the concrete it does not require a sleeve as it does not react with the concrete. We have found the better way to install is overhead. In our homes there are no water lines in the foundation. Consideration must be given to protection from freezing when installed in such a manner. This of course is no problem as our entire attic is insulated space since we apply our insulation to the underside of the roof (see my article, “Nothing Insulates Like Insulation”).

Another benefit to Pex is that usually we install, inside the home, a manifold that is easy to access. This allows you to turn off water to any fixture that you desire. If you need to make a repair to a faucet or install a new one, you simply turn the handle labeled for that fixture and the water is off.

The only downside to Pex that we see in the industry is that like anything new it requires training. Make sure your plumber is properly trained. The manufacturers of Pex send their field representatives to the plumbers and train them on its proper use and installation, using videos, technical documents and hands on demonstrations.

Here is a different water supply; 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4, 13:14.

In our next article we will look at other aspects of plumbing you new home.

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Home Inspector – An Ideal Part Time Job

Home Inspector – An Ideal Part Time Job

During financial hard times, you may be one of the retrenched employees or unemployed graduates. You may be eager to look for new jobs in order to survive. If you have been involved in the field of construction or engineering for a period of time, you may consider obtaining the certification as a qualified home inspector. This is because during economy crisis, this profession has been considered as one of the most ideal part time jobs in the employment market. It allows you to work on your own and you can set your own schedule. You are able to generate extra income for yourself as well as your family.

In order to start this career, you are required to attend the formal training courses to learn the necessary skills on evaluating gas lines, roof, door, heating and plumbing system. You are also taught to inspect the overall property structure and produce proper written reports. During economy downturn, you may have the thinking in mind whether it is really worthwhile for you to invest some cost on these training courses. In fact, you do not need to worry at all. Your small investment in home inspection training is really worth. It is proved by the statistics from US Department of Labor. It is clearly stated that the annual income of this profession ranges from USD 45,000 to USD 65,000. Is not it attractive? If you take it as your part time career, you can easily get at least USD 20,000.

Home inspector is indeed a convenient side job to supplement your current income. Once you have established a wide network in this particular industry, you may switch this part time job to be a full time business as this profession allows you to be your own boss and you are able to generate lucrative income.

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Passing MRCP Part 1: Top 5 Tips

So you passed finals, celebrated with the aide of a variety of alcohol-containing fluids and toasted the end of exams. And now, probably a mere year on, you find yourself reading this article and glancing gloomily at your textbooks with their light coating of dust, contemplating the fact that exams have not in fact ended and instead, while you were distracted by learning how to use the hospital’s computer systems and insert a venflon without creating a blood bath, they have gone on steroids and become even harder than before. My friend, welcome to the world of MRCP part 1 and my top five tips on slaying this monster.

Passing MRCP Part 1 Tip 1: do not put it off

Medical jobs are hard, the hours are long and sometimes finding time to change your bedding, let alone revise, seems impossible. However, if you put your mind to it and slip a book into your bag to glance at during any quiet moments during the working day, or get up an hour earlier with the explicit aim of revising, you’ll find revision is possible. And the sooner you face up to part 1 the better; not only would failing it early on cause less embarrassment, there is the very real chance you would pass which would increase your confidence and give you vital extra marks when applying for ST jobs. And of course revising for it increases your medical knowledge and thus makes you a better doctor, so the earlier that happens the better!

Passing MRCP Part 1 Tip 2: bigger is not always better/size is not everything

We all purchased a copy of Kumar and Clark/Davidsons/Harrisons back in Freshers week, then used it pretty exclusively as a bookend/doorstop for the next 5/6 years. As you approach MRCP it’s tempting to dust it off and embrace it. Don’t. Resist the urge. There’s just too much of it and not enough time. You know that little yellow and green thing you carry round? Small? Titled Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (OHCM)? You know how it’s been faithful and never let you down? Well it won’t now either. It is information dense, relevant and accurate. Use it as your reference book and don’t be seduced by its bigger rivals.

Passing MRCP Part 1 Tip 3: questions questions questions

The MRCP is an esoteric exam designed by people with an over-fondness for conditions such as ‘yellow nail syndrome’ and ‘neuralgic amyotrophy.’ The best way to become familiar with these MRCP-common, real-life-rare conditions is to do past questions, lots and lots of them. Sign up to or and keep doing questions until you start getting them right, and keep reading up in the OHCM about the things you get wrong. Then, hopefully, by the time you get to the real exam the balance between right and wrong answers will be in your favour.

Passing MRCP Part 1 Tip 4: invest in Kalra

MRCP part 1 can cover virtually anything in the realms of medicine so it’s hard to know how to structure your revision. Doing lots of past questions can help identify areas you need to read up on, but in terms of a more ‘over-arching’ structure for revision everyone tends to fall back on Kalra’s Essential Revision Notes for MRCP. Concise, precise and not too long, I’m with ‘everyone’ and recommend that you invest in a copy and make sure you’ve read it from cover to cover before the exam.

Passing MRCP Part 1 Tip 5: pace yourself

A question everyone always asks is how long before the exam do I need to start revising? Unfortunately that’s a bit like asking how long will it take to travel from X to Y – there are just too many variables to give a definitive answer, so rough estimates are the best you can hope for. In general, how long will depend on how solidly you are going to travel/work, how fast your mode of transport/learning is and what else you have to achieve along the way. Broadly speaking most people will start thinking about it 6 months before the exam, working in a non-structured way 3 months before the exam then really go for it in the last 4 weeks. Whatever approach you go for remember remaining sane is absolutely essential so finding time to play sport/see friends as well as doing your day job and revision is not optional.

Source by Marie Treasure