The Point’s Picks for December 2nd

This past week was a very busy one, with lot’s of heads-down focus on off-line efforts, and pray little time for blogging or other fun activities. I’d hoped to get one regular blog post out this week, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Anyway, in brief succession, here are a few of the attention-grabbing items we encountered:

CH4 + 2 O2 → Heat + CO2 + 2 H2O

That’s the equation for the complete combustion of methane (a.k.a., natural gas). With the week before last being Thanksgiving, a number of articles were published on combustion safety. This past week, Allison Bailes of Energy Vanguard published an interesting post on the combustion process itself, which you can find here.

Also, I’d downloaded and read two freely available publications on this topic by TruTechTools: Their Combustion Analysis Guide, and a training presentation entitled COMB 101: Combustion Principles and Safety Testing.

Google Plus

Will Mallett of Energy Circle published 5 Reasons Home Performance Businesses Should Sign Up for Google Plus (Google+). If you haven’t created your Google Plus Business Page yet, now might be the time. We recently created ours.

Photo Collection

John Nicholas of Efficient Energy Savers posted this very interesting collection of photos he’d accumulated, mostly on the job, but some I believe from his personal life, as well.

Architectural Shingles

One of the old houses (c. 1915) across the street from the Poole Ancestral Homestead got a new roof this past week. It features some very nicely textured architectural shingles — deliberately reminiscent of the cedar shakes that once covered the house — and new copper flashing on the chimneys:

Architectural Shingles on an Old House, and Newly Flashed Chimneys

Here are some of the roofers laying paper down a few days before. Note their use of personal fall protection gear — these guys are smart:


Screw-Holding Screwdrivers

Big kudos to Klein Tools (the unofficial supplier of nearly everything of a screwdriver, pliers, or wire-cutting nature in my electrical bag) for their new screw-holding screwdrivers. Not only do these babies hold screws tightly until you decide to release them, but you can readily use them as regular screwdrivers, too, without engaging the holder. The generous 7″ length should help get fasteners to those inaccessible spots — the whole reason for using one of these in the first place. I just added a 1/4″ slotted and a no. 2 Phillips to my collection:

Screw-Holding Screwdrivers

That’s it for now! Wishing everyone the best in the forthcoming work week.


About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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One Response to The Point’s Picks for December 2nd

  1. John Poole says:

    Glad you enjoyed the posts and photos. The tan bag in the screwdriver photo is indeed an Occidental canvas tool bag…can’t you smell the quality emanating from your computer screen?! :)

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