Trojans set focus on speed

first_imgFollowing a 48-14 trouncing of the California Golden Bears, USC is looking past its bye week and instead at its Oct. 30 matchup against the No. 1-ranked Oregon Ducks.Speed drill · Junior tailback Marc Tyler, seen here in practice two weeks ago, has been dealing with a slightly bruised tailbone. The USC rushing attack has been limited by injuries, but the time off will help it heal. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan The bye week practices are designed to “see where the freshman are at” and to allow starters to “take a little bit of a breather,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin.Without the stress of game preparation, there is more time to allow redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler’s slightly bruised tailbone to heal, along with more debilitating injuries to freshman tailback Dillon Baxter and senior tailback C.J. Gable. Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith did not practice Tuesday, and senior tight end Jordan Cameron was limited.With these injuries, the Trojan rushing attack — which amassed 211 yards against Cal behind Tyler’s seven carries for 79 yards and a touchdown and Gable’s 13 carries for 72 yards — has taken a serious hit, and Tyler said it will require the entire stable of backs to challenge Oregon.“Hopefully we’ll get [Gable] and Baxter back,” Tyler said. “We’re going to need all of us.”—The practices for the week occur during the early morning, allowing the coaches to recruit high school players in the afternoon. Tuesday’s 6 a.m. practice — the first of its kind in recent players’ memories — was kicked off by Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” The reggae interlude was the lone down-tempo period during a morning of what freshman wide receiver Robert Woods called a “fast, quick practice.”The practice was marked by a multitude of quickly executed offensive series’, brisk transitions from drill to drill, and culminated in a series of wind sprints.“We’re focused on making sure we’re in good shape for this marathon — to run at a sprinter’s pace,” Kiffin said of the upcoming game.The adjustment of tempo is designed to acclimate the team, particularly the defense, to the speed of Oregon’s “blur” offense. The Ducks have reeled off averages of 567 yards and 54.3 points per game this season, enough to be first in the nation in both categories.Oregon takes an average of 15 seconds to run a play from the spot of the ball to the next snap. Even the most polished no-huddle teams typically require 20-25 seconds between spot and snap. This breakneck pace has proven fatal for Oregon’s opponents, especially in the second half — the Ducks have outscored their opponents 128-13 in the second half.—But if there has been any time for the Trojan defense to face the Ducks’ blur offense, it seems to be now.The unit is coming off a performance in which it allowed only 245 yards of total offense to Cal, including a feeble 52 rushing yards, and shut the Bears out for the first half of the game. The unit also picked off two passes from Cal quarterback Kevin Riley.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said there was no significant development in film study before the Cal game, but rather, “we had just executed — as a whole, as a defense, as a unit.”Furthermore, Galippo said his unit looked good for the test that Oregon will present, and has two weeks to continue to prepare.“I’m sure we’ll be ready,” he said.last_img read more

(Updated) Tax foreclosure sale is Tuesday, May 14 on 70 parcels of land (includes listing)

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow – The Board of Sumner County Commissioners will proceed with the sale of 70 parcels of real estate at the tax foreclosure sale on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.   Of the original 292 parcels included in the sale proceeding, 222 parcels have been redeemed by the landowners. The list of the properties sold are listed below.The sale will be held in the lobby of the Sumner County Courthouse in Wellington.  Those interested in bidding should arrive at the courthouse well prior to the sale to obtain a bidder’s number from the County Clerk.Those wishing to obtain a bidder’s number should have proper identification with them.  The Clerk’s office will be open at 8:00 a.m.  The County reminds those desiring to purchase property that no interested party (owner, relajtive of owner, mortgage holder, etc….) can bid on the specific parcel in which they have an interest.Questions regarding the sale can be directed to the County Counselor (326-5969), the County Treasurer (326-3371) or the County Clerk (326-3395).  Landowners have until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13, to redeem their property at the Treasurer’s office and prevent the property from proceeding to sale on Tuesday morning. 85W03917CAG156-14-0-10-01-057.33819 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,739.15 132CC0919321-02-0-40-32-003610 S MARKETCALDWELLVACANT LOTS$4,529.25 55A00296185-16-0-20-19-002321 E GARFIELD STARGONIAHOUSE$3,689.98 56BP0333A027-35-0-40-36-008405 N LINCOLN STBELLE PLAINEHOUSE$2,044.58 49GS0126251-01-0-40-14-001107 N SECOND STGEUDA SPRINGSHOUSE?$732.10 139BP0166027-35-0-30-07-006605 N LINE STBELLE PLAINEHOUSE$2,324.09 79CC0587321-02-0-20-18-002224 N BOYD STCALDWELLHOUSE$1,621.87 84W03917CAF156-14-0-10-01-057.32823 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,798.51 54CC0622321-02-0-20-24-00927 N BOYD STCALDWELLHOUSE$1,145.59 131W02418156-14-0-20-49-009311 E 8TH STWELLINGTONHOUSE$6,669.60 108W03917CY156-14-010-01057.25826 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,695.18 WELLINGTON CITY 95W03917CJ156-14-0-10-01-057.10806 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,924.11 ARGONIA CITY 94W03917CI156-14-0-10-01-057.09810 SETTELRS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,804.38 98W03917CM156-14-0-10-01-057.13803 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,797.79 46W00200156-14-0-40-23-001624 E 4TH STWELLINGTONHOUSE$1,716.70 CONWAY SPRINGS CITY 27CC0761321-02-0-40-10-005216 S CHISHOLM STCALDWELLHOUSE$2,183.26 GUEDA SPRINGS CITY 16OST028163-08-0-00-00-003.01158 N SUMNER RDMAYFIELDHOUSE/ACREAGE$10,023.79 88W03917CC156-14-0-10-01-057.03907 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,807.45 36W02968155-15-0-40-33-005519 S BLAINEWELLINGTONHOUSE$2,035.97 93W03917CH156-14-0-10-01-057.08814 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,836.95 121W02061156-14-0-20-08-001206 W 15TH STWELLINGTONCOMMERCIAL$14,037.10 34CS0356A058-34-0-30-14-006209 S SECOND STCONWAY SPRINGSMOBILE HOME/LAND$1,353.50 76W00111156-14-0-40-08-008507 E LINCOLN AVEWELLINGTONHOUSE$6,291.70 35LT0242A037-36-0-00-00-002.05650 E 90TH AVE NBELLE PLAINEHOUSE/ACREAGE$7,272.73 125W01070156-13-0-30-08-0121321 E LINCOLN AVEWELLINGTONHOUSE$900.04 105W03917CV156-14-0-10-01-057.22818 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,703.23 GORE TOWNSHIP 90W03917CE156-14-0-10-01-057.05906 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,717.52 103W03917CT156-14-0-10-01-057.20810 HOMSTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,715.72 92W03917CG156-14-0-10-01-057.07818 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$5,059.46 31W03084E156-23-0-10-08-001.05424 E MAPLE STWELLINGTONMOBILE HOME/LAND$2,616.75 LONDON TOWNSHIP 13CC0508321-02-0-20-14-017413 N OSAGECALDWELLHOUSE$3,493.68 OSBORNE TOWNSHIP 104W03917CU156-14-0-1-01-057.21814 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,736.63 81W03917CA156-14-0-10-01-057838 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,755.67 42M00009013-06-0-10-17-005523 W RUSSELL STMULVANEHOUSE$3,699.35 23W00202156-14-0-40-23-002616 E 4TH STWELLINGTONHOUSE$1,256.55 130MI0004174-20-0-20-04-003214 S ADAMSMILANHOUSE?$770.17center_img 109W03917CZ156-14-0-10-01-057.26830 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,695.18 107W03917CX156-14-0-10-01-057.24825 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,970.86 BELLE PLAINE TOWNSHIP 48W03218156-23-0-20-01-011823 SOUTH C STWELLINGTONHOUSE$4,120.23 MILTON CITY  91W03917CF156-14-0-10-01-057.06902 SETTELRS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,790.04 102W03917CS156-14-0-10-01-057.19821 SETTELRS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,925.97 BELLE PLAINE CITY  87W03917CB156-14-0-10-01-057.02903 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,888.23 136CC0768321-02-0-40-11-011215 S CHISHOLMCALDWELLHOUSE$2,629.55 17W01115156-13-0-30-13-0021316 E LINCOLN AVEWELLINGTONHOUSE$2,352.47 47W00287156-14-0-40-01-0021020 E 8TH STWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$785.67 86W03917CAH156-14-0-10-01-057.34803 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,954.90 96W03917CK156-14-0-10-01-057.11701 E WALDOWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,934.01 58MI0035174-20-0-20-01-003222 E WARREN AVEMILANVACANT LOTS$536.07 83W03917CAE156-14-0-10-01-057.31825 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,705.52 128W03641151-11-0-30-08-0061402 N WASHINGTON AVEWELLINGTONHOUSE$7,896.59 135W00860155-15-0-40-18-007214 S PLUM STWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,786.65 59MI0036174.20-0-20-01-002122 S ADAMS STMILANHOUSE$819.35 72CC0994321-02-0-40-04-01023 S MAINCALDWELLCOMMERCIAL$7,980.56 15M00106013-05-0-30-04-004419 E VINE STMULVANEVACANT LOTS$15,494.30 73BPT055L022-03-0-00-04-0171059 E 147TH AVE NMULVANEHOUSE$4,599.67 97W03917CL156-14-0-10-01-057.12802 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,827.99 MUVANE CITY 89W03917CD156-14-0-10-01-057.04910 SETTLERS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,830.20 99W03917CN156-14-0-10-01-057.14805 E WALDOWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,803.30 1MN0018064-17-0-40-10-0021222 N SYCAMORE RDMIlTONHOUSE$1,905.76 101W03917CQ156-14-0-10-01-057.17807 SETTELRS CIRCLEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,934.01 106W03917CW156-14-0-10-01-057.23822 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,695.18 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Citizen · 380 weeks ago How do we get the auction list? It would be nice if the county would publicize the legal description of the land. Report Reply 2 replies · active 380 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down noname · 380 weeks ago They do, its a state law. Its in the Belle Plaine paper and Wellington paper. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 380 weeks ago Any idea if it’s online? By chance could you provide a link if it is online? Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down clp · 380 weeks ago Is there a site to access to obtain the property listings for the tax sale on-line? Report Reply 2 replies · active 379 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down noname · 380 weeks ago Yes its called a news paper. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 379 weeks ago I didn’t realize Wellington had an actual print news paper???? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 100W03917CO156-14-0-10-01-057.15802 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,774.86 63CC0883321-02-0-40-23-008513 S MAIN STCALDWELLHOUSE$994.56 CALDWELL CITY  129MI0003174-20-0-20-04-004218 S ADAMSMILANHOUSE?$693.64 80W03917C156-14-0-10-01-057842 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,972.07 82W03917CAD156-14-0-10-01-057-30829 HOMESTEAD DRWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$4,697.02 MILAN CITY 45CC0265297-35-0-30-02-008701 N BOYD STCALDWELLVACANT LOTS$692.39 COATAX IDCAMAADDRESS CITYWHAT TAXES OWED  138CC0827321-02-0-40-16-002304 S MAIN STCALDWELLHOUSE$3,050.40 77GT0029012-04-0-20-02-0051512 E 119TH STMULVANEHOUSE$3,401.05 75W00110156-14-0-40-08-007501 E LINCOLN AVEWELLINGTONVACANT LOTS$570.86last_img read more

CNN’s Don Lemon Explains Why Not All “Black Lives Matter” to the BLM Movement

first_imgFinally, some clarification from the CNN oracle, Don Lemon, on why the “Black Lives Matter” movement has been mum on all the tragic deaths of young children of color over the Fourth of July weekend around the nation. Apparently, not all black lives lost are part of BLM’s mission statement, just those taken by police.Don Lemon BLMAt least six children were killed in shootings across the country over 4th of July weekend, police say.The children, ages 6 to 14, were all shot and killed while doing everyday things — riding in mom’s car, walking in a mall, and playing in a yard with their cousins.A 7-year-old girl in Chicago, an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta, and a 6-year-old boy in Philadelphia were among those killed in a spate of shootings over the holiday weekend. Dozens of people were wounded in cities around the U.S.last_img read more

Police investigating woman’s body found on I-95 as homicide

first_imgIf you have any information that can help investigators, call the sheriff’s office at 772-462-3230, or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477. Investigators say the discovery of a woman’s body on I-95 is now being investigated as a homicide.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver found the body on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. on the southbound side of I-95 near mile marker 127, which is north of Midway Road, when he pulled over with car trouble.On Thursday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Cindy Marie McDonald, 57, of Fort Pierce, and said her death is being investigated as a homicide.Deputies say McDonald’s body was dumped on the side of I-95, but are not sure what exactly happened.“If you recognize Cindy McDonald, or had any contact with her in the days leading up Tuesday, we need them to contact the detectives,” said Chief Deputy Garry Wilson. “If anyone saw Cindy last week at any time, we would like to know where she was seen and who she might have been with.”last_img read more

Hawks win! Hawks cap amazing season with 2014 Keystone Cup title

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks made it look easy, winning six straight games including a 5-1 decision over host Abbotsford Pilots in the final to capture the 2014 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championships Sunday in the Fraser Valley.The win comes a week after the Hawks won the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Nelson.Five different players scored for the Hawks which led 2-0 after 40 minutes.Fraser Stang, Riley Brandt, Taylor Stafford, Keanan Patershuk and Sam Swanson scored for the winners. Jarrett Martin replied for the Pilots.Brett Clark stopped 32 of 33 shots to register his fourth win of the tourney in goal.Beaver Valley dominated the tournament from the outset, outscoring the opposition 27-4 during the round robin.The Hawks were led in the tournament by Dallas Calvin, who topped all scorers with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in six games.Teammate Taylor Stafford finished the Keystone Cup with five goals and seven assists for 11 points.Beaver Valley, 63-15-1-3, finished the remarkable season with a KIJHL title, a Cyclone Taylor crown and a Keystone Cup championship.The only blemish on the season was the Hawks did not win the Murdoch Division regular season title, losing out to the Nelson Leafs by a point on the final day of the regular season.last_img read more

FAVORED ELWOOD J TAKES $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY ONE LENGTH IN 1:09.83 OVER ‘WET FAST’ TRACK; HOLLENDORFER & PRAT TEAM FOR WIN WITH CALIFORNIA-BRED GELDING BY VRONSKY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2017)–Sent from the opening bell, heavily favored Elwood J was all-out late to win Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature by one length under Flavien Prat. In a driving rain, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee got six furlongs on a “wet-fast” surface in 1:09.83.Dispatched at 3-5 in a field of five California-bred or sired horses three years of age, Elwood J paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.10. Owned by Joe L. Turner, the 3-year-old gelding by Vronsky notched his second win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $83,940.“I don’t know how far this horse will go, but he sure ran good today,” said Hollendorfer assistant, Dan Ward, who related that Hollendorfer was “on his way to Florida” to attend this Saturday’s Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park. “We’ll look at some Cal-bred stakes for this horse.”Facing stiff pressure from eventual third place finisher Harvest a Storm until well inside the sixteenth pole, Elwood J set rapid splits of 21.50, 44.44 and 56.90 and held sway over longshot Popular Kid, who was motoring wide-out.Ridden by Modesto Linares, Popular Kid, who was last after the first quarter mile, was off at 12-1 and paid $7.00 and $3.40.Harvest a Storm, who was handled by Luis Contreras, checked in a half length behind Popular Kid and paid $2.80 to show.With sunny skies forecast for Saturday, Santa Anita will present a nine-race program, highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Times-Standard Sports Podcast: Episode 1

first_imgIn the first edition of the Times-Standard Sports Podcast local sports reporters Andrew Butler and Curran Daly take a look at a series of week five matchups from across the Humboldt-Del Norte League universe. Think these guys don’t know what they’re talking about? Let them know! Comment below, email your thoughts to [email protected] or tweet at @Butler_onsports. “Prep football week 5” TSS …last_img

DIRCO to meet with US Embassy following tweet on the land programme

first_imgThe Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has noted the unfortunate comments on Twitter by the President of the United States of America, H.E. Donald J. Trump, on land redistribution and crime.It is regrettable that the tweet is based on false information. The Minister has thus instructed the Department to meet with the US Embassy in Pretoria to seek clarification on the matter today, 23 August 2018.Minister Sisulu will also communicate with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the matter through diplomatic channels. Minister Sisulu said South Africa has good political, economic and trade relations with the United Sates of America and that diplomatic channels remain open to provide clarity on issues of mutual interest.Further comments will be made after the meeting between DIRCO and US embassy officials.Enquiries: Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or [email protected] BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONOR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road Rietondale, Pretoria 0084last_img read more

The Best Way to Insulate a Floor

first_imgDealing with potential leaksWright’s one remaining concern is the possibility of the cellulose getting wet if the floor were to be flooded by a leak.If the cellulose does get wet, it should be removed, Dorsett says, adding, “It can dry through OSB, but it would take forever.”If the prospect of removing a section of sheathing and digging out soggy cellulose isn’t appealing, Dorsett continues, “you could quasi-dense pack a fiberglass blowing wool in a similar manner, which doesn’t hang onto the water as readily as cellulose, and would make leaks easier to spot. Even minor plumbing leaks would drip through, unlike with cellulose, which would soak it up for weeks before it became evident.”Wright would still have to replace soaked insulation in the event of a major leak, but it should be a smaller, more localized problem. “Simple spills wouldn’t be a major concern with either cellulose or fiberglass,” Dorsett says, “but major plumbing leaks involving tens or hundreds of gallons would be a problem with any fiber insulation.” Jim Wright’s house in western Arkansas has a pier foundation that elevates floor framing about 40 inches off the ground. Unlike a house with a basement, crawl space, or slab foundation, there is no enclosure at the bottom of the house, so the floor is more or less like another exterior wall.How, Wright wonders, should this be insulated?“I am considering two methods of insulation,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “The first method is 7.25-inch-thick Roxul batts (R-30) that are covered with 7/16-inch OSB sheets. The second method is 1.5-inch (R-10) of sprayed closed-cell foam.”Not counting his labor to install the mineral wool batts, the cost of either of those options is about $2,000. Because of its thickness, the Roxul would have three times the insulating value of the foam. But it would be harder to install because the 2×8 batts are installed on 19.2-inch centers and all of the batts would have to be cut to fit. How to Install Cellulose Insulation How to Insulate a Cold FloorInstalling Fiberglass RightMineral Wool Insulation Isn’t Like FiberglassIt’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene SaysReturn to the Backyard Tape Test Wright considered cellulose but initially rejected the idea“Actually,” Wright replies, “my original plan was to use cellulose and blow it in as you suggested in both the walls and the floor; and, of course, the attic as well.”But he decided against it when he discovered the cellulose should be blown in to a density of at least 3.5 lb./cu. ft. to avoid settling and voids. “And to do that you would need a high-pressure blower rather than the type available at the box stores,” Wright adds. “But there isn’t any place in my area that rents such blowers.”Ultimately, Wright packed walls with cellulose by hand to an estimated density of 5 lb./cu. ft., and with Dorsett’s encouragement he’s back to favoring cellulose in the floor.“As to the thermal bridging of the joists,” he says, “I was thinking of buying a few sheets of rigid foam and cutting them into 1 1/2-inch strips and stapling them to the bottom of the joists before installing the OSB sheets.”When packed to a density of 5 lb./cu. ft., Dorsett tells Wright, cellulose has a slightly lower R-value than it would at 3.5 lb./cu. ft. And in reality, there’s no real need to hit the 3.5 lb./cu. ft. mark to prevent settling. A density of 2.8 to 3 lb./cu. ft. in an Arkansas location should be fine. The first job is to meet minimum code requirementsTo meet the requirements of the 2009 International Residential Code, floor insulation in Wright’s climate zone should have a minimum R-value of 19, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. While the mineral wool batts easily get the job done, the proposed thin layer of spray polyurethane foam would not.“Your spray foam contractor is suggesting an installation that doesn’t even meet minimum code requirements,” Holladay writes. “I have a problem with contractors like that — and I’ve been writing about the problem for years. It seems that the problem is particularly common among spray foam contractors. But that’s an issue for another blog.”Holladay suggests filling the joist bays with “almost any kind of fluffy insulation” — for example, cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. That should be followed by a continuous layer of rigid foam insulation at least 2 inches thick (foil-faced polyisocyanurate being the most environmentally friendly), and finally a layer of oriented strand board (OSB).“That approach may be too expensive for you,” he adds, “but it’s the best way to go.” Blown-in cellulose is a good choiceEven “crummy” kraft-faced R-19 batts would do a better job than the amount of spray foam recommended by Wright’s contractor, says Dana Dorsett. Instead of Roxul, Dorsett suggests cellulose that Wright, with the help of an assistant, could blow in himself with equipment rented from a big-box store.The procedure he recommends goes like this:Install OSB over the bottom of the joists.Using a hole saw, cut holes measuring 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter in the OSB every 6 feet or so along the length of each bay.Blow cellulose into the bays after blocking off all holes save the one currently in use with heavy rags.With a single-stage blower and a 2 1/2-inch-diameter hose, Wright should be able to get the cellulose installed at a density of 2.5 lb./cu. ft., which would only settle 1/2 inch in 20 years if it settled at all.The cellulose would be “quite a bit cheaper” than R-30 mineral wool batts in Dorsett’s area but more expensive than R-19 fiberglass. Wright should be able to buy the cellulose for about $350, and the store might include 24 hours of blower rental. Adding 1 1/2 inch of polyiso would be another $1,200, he says, with the total well under the $2,000 the foam contractor would charge.“If you install the wood sheathing and pre-drill the blowing holes, with somebody to help with the blower you should be able to knock it out the blowing in less than a full day,” Dorsett writes. “The R-value of cellulose at 2.5 lb. density is near its optimal peak performance at about R-3.8 per inch, so for 7 1/4 inches you’d be looking at about R-28, comparable to the Roxul, but at a fraction of the price.” RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:First and foremost, you need a continuous air barrier at the floor level in addition to a good insulation system. I would suggest a rigid sheet material on the underside of the whole floor assembly, either taped rigid foam, OSB, or plywood. Rigid foam has the advantage of providing a thermal break to interrupt conduction through your floor framing, while OSB or plywood is a better approach to protect against bugs and other pests getting into your floor cavities. Make sure that the tape you choose is compatible with the substrate you choose. (For guidance on pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, blogs on GBA and BuildingGreen are good resources.)In the photo you sent, it looks as though you have limited floor obstacles and penetrations to deal with, but getting a good seal around the carrying beam and all the plumbing and electrical penetrations will be key. I would take a look at this excellent LSU resource on insulating and air sealing pier and open crawlspace foundation systems.Dealing with bulk water leaks in this sort of floor assembly is no small consideration. But since they are almost always coming from interior plumbing leaks, there are two good approaches:Easy and accessible single-throw shut-offs for “hard-piped” appliances. We hard-pipe for 24/7 house pressure for washing machines, ice-makers, and dishwashers. And yet, it is not all that hard to plumb them with easy-access shut-offs so that you treat them like you do your switched lights: on when you need them, off when you don’t.Leak detection systems. While they may not be inexpensive, consider whole-house leak detection systems, such as these GreenSpec listings: FloLogic or FloodStopper. They use flow analysis to monitor your water consumption around the clock and will shut down your whole house whenever a leak is detected. And if they seem expensive, consider the alternative.More than one insurance company will give you a discount for either individual appliance shut-offs or leak detection systems. “A big advantage of the closed-cell foam is that I would not be doing any of the labor,” Wright adds. “Also, it appears that the foam would seal better against air infiltration. The only apparent disadvantage of the foam is the lesser R-value. However, I’m not sure that I really need more than R-10 in the floor.”Overall, the 68-year-old Wright is leaning toward the spray foam. “What say ye?” he asks.last_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Day

first_imgIn glorious Canberra conditions, Raiders, Brumbies and Parliamentary teams competed for fun in the Touch Football component of the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Occurring on a Public Holiday in the ACT, the Raiders team had a mix of Touch Football ACT representatives along with rampaging Raiders forward Paul Vaughan who showed great speed and footwork during the afternoon.Recovering Brumby David Pocock showed he is not too far aware from playing after a second knee reconstruction, showing no signs of a injury and being agile in both attack and defence. Recently retired Brumby Pat McCabe also attended as Manager of the Brumbies line-up.Not to be outdone, the Parliamentary teams were well led by Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton, Queensland) and Mr Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP (Member for Bass, Tasmania). Politicians, regardless of their party played alongside each other in the same teams in what is a great annual event – the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Related LinksParliamentary Sports Daylast_img read more