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8 million pounds of guacamole are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole.
The average number of people at a super bowl party is 17.
5% of Americans will watch the game alone.
Of the top 10 most watched television programs of all time, 9 of them are Super Bowls.
Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 13 years.
The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs the span over two calendar years. The year the season began in 20010 and ends in 2011.
Since the 1980s the Super Bowls have always started around 6pm Eastern Standard Time.
More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick’s Day), according to the Insurance Information Institute.
35% of people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense.
Over 700,000 footballs are produced annually for official NFL use and 72 of them are used for the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl fans spend more than $50 million on food during the 4 days prior to the super bowl.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year.
During the winter season, condensation occurs when warm moist indoor air is cooled down below the dew point temperature as it comes in contact with a cold surface such as the exterior walls or windows. Cold surfaces usually are the result of air leakage, inadequate insulation of walls and windows, or in rooms where less interior heat is provided in the winter. Condensation will continue to form on these surfaces that are below the indoor dew point temperature until sufficient moisture is removed from the air (i.e. lowering of humidity) or the building surface(s) is heated above the dew point temperature. The following general recommendations are simple cost-effective steps that you can perform that could have a noticeable impact to address condensation problems.
1. Properly maintain and operate the spot ventilation systems to exhaust moisture from the kitchen and bathrooms.
2. Verify that the dryer duct connections are air-tight and discharge the dryer air to the outside, not in the unit. Repair/replace the dryer duct where defective.
3. Inspect all windows to locate any areas of possible air infiltration including deteriorated weather stripping, cracked or otherwise defective perimeter sealant, etc. Repair and/or replace where encountered.
4. Replace existing single-pane windows with new more thermal resistance window assemblies.
5. Use portable dehumidifiers within the unit(s) to lower the relative humidity to within acceptable limits by removing moisture from the indoor air.
It’s deicing time again and there are a few things to consider apart from the obvious. The most commonly used deicers (sodium chloride and calcium chloride) are not considered particularly hazardous, but improper storage, use, and disposal of these materials can have negative environmental consequences.
Sodium chloride will, in relatively low concentrations, kill vegetation and contaminate soil for a considerable period of time. It and other commonly used materials can reduce oxygen in bodies of water, which can adversely affect aquatic life. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is the largest in this region and many of the ills there have been attributed to nitrates from agricultural sources (in the form of fertilizers). A number of deicing products are nitrate-based and their use and disposal would contribute to the pollutant load.
The primary consideration in ice control is obviously public safety and chemical deicers are important tools. Judicious use and conscientious disposal of those materials will not only save you money, they can help save the environment. Here are a few things to consider.
*Road salt (sodium chloride) is the least costly among common agents, but it’s also among the least effective. Salt is also more detrimental to concrete than other, more effective ice melters. One mechanism of ice control is brine formation, which lowers the freezing point of water and salt brines don’t lower it by very much. Brine concentration will change with evaporation/sublimation and other factors. The result is there can be hundreds of freeze/thaw cycles over the course of a single day when temperatures are near the freezing point for fresh water. The Mid-Atlantic region experiences those temperatures more than any other part of the country. Consider products (such as calcium chloride) that exhibit better ice suppression properties, in lower concentrations.
*Try to avoid the use of nitrate-base products. In addition to increasing the pollutant load in the Chesapeake, nitrates contribute to concrete damage for reasons similar to those described above for salt.
*Properly store all materials in protected locations. Exposure to water will convert a bag of pellets into a solid, unusable lump. Many deciers are also hygroscopic and will absorb enough water vapor over time to cause clumping. If you have surplus materials from previous seasons, try to use those before new stocks. If you have any unusable materials, consider recycling them instead of throwing them into the dumpster. Many (such as calcium chloride)have other, industrial uses and there are companies that will collect and recycle them. Search the internet for services near you.
The Marlyn Condominium is one PRIME TIME property that we have had the pleasure of working with for several years. When they talk about “location” this property sure takes center stage. Located in a beautiful part of Washington DC, it’s just minutes from all the excitement this city has to offer! We are so glad that Zalco has added APRIL STEWARD to this property’s famous cast and crew. She is doing a wonderful job handling the daily challenges of a condominium. There’s no doubt she’s got what it takes (along with a great board & staff) to keep this star-property shining bright!
Broken sprinkler pipes can be a very serious problem. On a most recent project, cold weather caused over $1 million in damages from a single 6 inch pipe in the attic of a 4 story building. It caused major floor and ceiling damage to 3 residences and caused the ceiling in the lobby to collapse. The break was due to poorly insulated plastic sprinkler pipes in the attic. Two recent breaks had similar installation defects even though both were previously “fixed” (or so believed).
The repairs in both cases involved removing some insulation from the attic between the pipe and warm building interior. To keep the pipes from freezing, it is critical to allow heat from the interior to reach the pipe. Removing insulation between pipes and interior space will allow the area to be warmed. Be sure to ADD insulation between the pipes and the cold attic space.
It’s a good idea to check the attic to make sure your pipes are insulated properly, but be aware…adding more insulation may NOT get the job done.
ETC toasted in the holiday season with our traditional Christmas party. Each year we are gifted a wonderful evening of celebration and this year proved to be no different. Well, maybe a little bit different, since this was our first visit from Santa – ever!! All I can say is…I’ll never question Santa’s generosity or existence again. I’m a fan for life!!
Just look how cute Sandy, our adminstrative assistant, looks sitting upon Santa’s lap. We ALL know she’s been a good girl this year!! Thank you ETC for a joyful evening. I can’t imagine the holiday season without our ETC traditions!
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is reconnecting with old friends and visiting with colleagues outside of the office. It’s great fun hearing about every one’s holiday traditions, their plans for the coming year and reflecting back on 2010. Please enjoy a few pictures of ETC with our extended professional family. Great to see everyone again….look forward to working with you in 2011!
What a pleasure running into one of our professional friends, Nick Cowie of Cowie and Motts, PA (Balitmore, MD). and his lovely wife Elizabeth. It was very exciting to hear of his most recent accomplishment of passing new legislation to further protect our condominium owners when it comes to warranty claims. To find out further information on this topic please read the following article: Warranty_Reform_Legislation_Comes_To_Maryland_(Beacon)
For any of our clients who have communities which are experiencing construction defect issues, Nick will (without fee or obligation) review and analyze the community’s documents and meet with the board at the condominium to advise them of: (1) the statutory warranties that apply and when they expire; (2) the importance of a transition study; and (3) his recommendations for obtaining proper developer repairs. I guess you can say….membership (with ETC) has its privileges!!
Thanks Nick for all you do to better the condominium industry!
Sometimes you just have to get nose to nose with a problem area on a building façade to figure out why it is leaking or cracking. So our staff routinely finds themselves in the basket of a boom lift to check out a building. We have offered to take Property Managers with us to see the problems up close, but no one has taken us up on the offer. The view is great from 12-stories up in a small basket. Our staff is not afraid of heights so it is OK if you are. We’ll let you know what we find.
We’ve beat this drum before but some things are worth repeating. When products claim to be breakthrough or cutting-edge technology, it usually means they’re so new they have no history of performance in actual field conditions. Buzzwords can vary (micro and nano are currently en vogue), but unless someone can explain to me why a micro anything is better that a non-micro something, I’m skeptical. I suspect there’s more psychology that physics at play there. Nano-tubes for example are exotic forms of a very mundane material (carbon). They exhibit some very unusual (and useful) properties that are too complicated for most (myself included) to fully understand. As such, they must be special.
That’s not to say all new products are worthless. After all, every product had to start as new. But before you spend a lot of money on one; be aware of its limitations. An “economical” or “simple” roof repair (tape, spray, goo-in-a-can) may be useful for an emergency, short-term fix and not much else.
Snake oil salesmen have been around for a long time, so they must be pretty good at selling their wares. In the early days, their potions, elixirs and decoctions at least had enough opium and alcohol in them to keep you from knowing you were being had.
If you’ve had any experience (good or bad) with rejuvenators, repair tapes or sprays or any other unorthodox products, please share them with us.
You may remember a month or so ago I introduced you to one of our newest engineer and told of her upcoming nuptials. Well, the big day came and what a lovely day it was. Please allow me to introduce….Mrs. Alicia Afroilan (Walker).
Most of us thought Tom Dugger, one of ETC’s longest staff members, would remain a confirmed bachlor forever; however we were wrong. One day life decided to throw Tom the most perfect woman and together they had the most perfect baby. Now how’s that for a perfect ending! Please allow me to introduce Tom and his lovely daughter Ella.
Days after purchasing her very first house, Lorena Michel, decided a house was not a home without a puppy. The problem was when she went to pick-out her loyal companion, she couldn’t say “no” to just one! Please allow me to introduce you to the newest members of the ETC team.…poopie & wee-wee. I do hope they out grow their nicknames soon. Lorena’s new house and roommates will be thankful!!
BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU!!