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2012-10-01 23:03:27

The United States is a world leader in gypsum production, second only behind China. Gypsum is one of the most widely used minerals and the basis for building products such as wallboard, plaster, ceiling tiles and plaster accessories. Gypsum is also used in the manufacture of concrete and as a soil conditioner, but its principal use is for the manufacture of wallboard used as internal cladding for residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Demand therefore heavily depends on...

2008-06-23 00:00:11

OFTEN, we take servicing our cars seriously, sending them for the recommended periodic check-up. But when it comes to our homes, we tend to leave them alone ... until a problem occurs and panic sets in. Such an approach is not only bad for the house, it also puts a strain on our wallets as unbudgeted repairs can cost a limb if we are caught unawares. To prepare, we should allocate about five per cent of our homes' value for maintenance and repairs for the first couple of years. That means...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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