Archive for April 2011
There seemed to be a silent rule that when building a house, a house plan should first be conceived to guide those would work on the place. House plans are drawn view of how a house should look like. Using lines and symbols, the plan indicates the relationship between the different rooms inside the house, including their dimensions.
Known to everybody, there a lot of designs of houses available and their house plan vary as well. The plan intended for modern houses are more complicated to look at when compared to small cottages, making at a lot harder to do as well.
There are the common things that you will find when looking at it. These things, which are referred to as symbols, would help the onlooker identify which is which.
Some of the symbols and words common to a house plans are the following:
Bedrooms- You can identify whether this part of the house is the bedroom if you can make out a bed out of the drawn symbols. Usually, bedrooms are found in the inner part of the plan or, if the house is a two-story, in the second floor. Seldom ca you see a bedroom separated from each other. As much as possible, they go along with the rest of the rooms. The Master’s bedroom though (Master’s) is sometimes placed in a different place far or separated from the rest of the rooms. Built-in cabinets can also be found near or opposite the master’s bed.
Wiring harness as the name indicates is a string of cables and/or wires that is used to harness informational signals or operating currents to transmit it to their destination. They are nowadays used in the electrical, electronics as well as the automotive industries. In this article, we would deal with them individually.
Automotive Wiring Harness:
Automotive wiring harness has made the use of electrical components in automobiles a breeze today. And the technology has reached amazing strides in the last few years. In fact, the wiring in automobiles industry has become a lucrative industry in itself. This harness is used in different types of electrical wires and components for producing, storing and distributing electrical current to other parts of the vehicle. Among its different functions are starting the engine; providing electrical energy for operating lights; for running air conditioners, dashboard clusters, fuel tank harnesses, wire connections to horns, music systems and other devices. Apart from these standard uses there are also varieties of customized solutions of these as well as power supply cord that offer other functions.
Electronics Wiring Harness:
This variety is used extensively in all types of electronic gadgets. There are those that are made for computers as computer cables and data harness for effective data transfer. Then there are harness solutions for flip flop and toggle applications. Control cable assemblies are used widely in the home appliances industry as well. Audio and television wiring harness assembly is also one of its many uses today. Read the rest of this entry »
Most of the developed nations are now heavily relying on nuclear power for their energy needs and it is said that within few decades, as natural resources are depleting faster, we will be left with no choice but to harness solar or nuclear power. This has further bolstered the growth of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering. Understanding nuclear technology is the master key for future growth and the rapidly evolving nuclear engineering field has a major role to play in it.
Nuclear engineers apply their education, research, scientific principles, mathematics, judgment and analysis to make nuclear technology more beneficial, economical and productive for the human race. The past couple of decades have seen dramatic growth in nuclear engineering field and the demand for a talented pool of skilled nuclear engineers is all set to increase in the coming years. If you’re a science student who has always been deeply interested in deciphering the mystery behind atomic and molecular physics, with a penchant to convert the knowledge gained into practical applications, you can find an extremely rewarding career as a nuclear engineer. Here’s more on how to become a nuclear engineer.
Education Needed to Become a Nuclear Engineer
To give wings to your dreams of becoming a nuclear engineer, you must make efforts since you are in your high school. Opt for science subjects and diligently pursue them. Mastering the basics of physics, chemistry and mathematics is important to understand these subjects in later years of life. During your graduation years, you have to complete a four years engineering course. The choice of your degree or subjects can be mechanical or chemical engineering or physics. It is good to study mechanical or chemical engineering in graduation because it exposes students to detailed study of engineering principles. Many institutes promote nuclear engineering specializations, however, the trend is to study mechanical or chemical as the scope for these fields is wide.
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When a boat starts to sink, there’s no mystery about the cause. Water is obviously leaking into the vessel, making it too heavy to float. When a house starts to sink or settle, it’s not because the house has become too heavy.
The soil that the house was built upon is the problem. Soil composition and characteristics vary much more than the composition and characteristics of fresh and salt water. For example, sandy gravel soil has a bearing capacity of around 5000lb./sq.ft. But soil composed mostly of silt and clay can have a bearing capacity of just 2000lb./sq.ft.
If a house has mistakenly been built on soil that has very low bearing capacity, there’s a good chance that the house may sink or settle at some point. Unfortunately, this settlement is typically uneven. Sinking will occur in one area but not in another, or there will be more substantial settling in one area than another. As a result of this inconsistency, one part of the foundation remains in its original position, while another section cracks and sinks. A main section of the house may remain stationary, while a later addition or a chimney tilts on unstable soil. Problems like these keep foundation repair contractors busy.
Fortunately, there are proven techniques for stabilizing houses that have had settlement damage. Following a soil survey to determine soil characteristics, a foundation repair expert may recommend stabilizing a sinking foundation with helical piers. Other names are also used for these piers. Depending on who you’re talking to, helical piers are sometimes called helical anchors, helix piers, helical piles and helix anchors. Regardless of the label used, this type of pier has a distinctive anatomy that gives the pier its name. Read the rest of this entry »
Architecture has always reflected a school of thought, an expression of the self by forms of intricate and elaborate architectural plans. With this, numerous styles of architecture have emerged over the centuries. Sometimes grand, sometimes simple, sometimes beautiful, sometimes functional, as we have evolved as human beings, so have our choices in terms of our homes and lifestyles. Here, we take a look at the different architectural stylesand their defining features that have been highly popular in the United States.
Most Popular Architectural Styles
The timeline of architectural styles along with their prime characteristics have been given below. Though numerous styles have highlighted the American landscape over centuries, here we talk about some of the most popular ones. Take a look.
Victorian Architectural Style: 1830-1910
This style of architecture is one that prevailed in the era of Queen Victoria of England. Inspired by the style and characteristics of Gothic architecture, the Victorian style gave birth to numerous variations of this style, including the Queen Anne and the Italianate styles. The main element of the Victorian style was beauty rather than practicality. The key features of the Victorian architectural style are as follows.
- Victorian houses often sported either a wooden or a stone exterior, spanning two to three stories. This exterior was further enhanced with decorative metal or wooden trim.
- Victorian style houses were built on asymmetrical lines, meaning they had huge bays, different wings, and round or octagonal towers with steep roofs (another important feature of this style). Read the rest of this entry »