Helpful Homemaking tip...:
CMU blocks are becoming more and more popluar as a substitute for standard wood-framed exterios walling. They may cost more, but both contractors and homeowners are attracted to the heat-retention, durability, and strength of these blocks. Insulation for these blocks are foamed or pressed into the hollow centers, or applied as a stiff board to the surface in order to improve heat flow resistance. These useful blocks don't rot, don't get eaten by termites, and won't burn. Additionally, walls made from CMU's often bode well with other characteristics too, such as sound-dampening and reducing thermal swings.
In Plumber news...:
Plumber turns to fragile art of stained glass (Newsday.com) - GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Greenwich plumber decided one day last spring that he wanted to be a stained glass artist. Never mind that he'd never taken an art class, never worked with stained glass and is color blind.