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To Save On Labor, Contractors And Owners Turn To A Surprising Ally: Chemistry

Contractors and the owners who hire them have always looked for ways to shorten construction timelines and shave costs off their budgets. But with the health and safety of their workforce top of mind, construction professionals have another priority: reducing the number of laborers who actually need to be on-site at one time.

While masks and temperature checks can help, reducing the human density of a construction site is perhaps the most effective tool for preventing viral transmission. To lower the amount of labor they need, contractors and owners are now enlisting the aid of scientifically advanced construction materials.

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in inquiries as a result of the shutdowns and site requirements,” said Tim Yeiser, president of Dricrete, a construction materials company. “Contractors are trying to get as much work done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we’ve known for decades that one of the best ways to do that is to rely on chemistry.”

Yeiser’s flagship product is Dricrete, a concrete additive that forms an impermeable chemical lattice to keep water out. The product is mainly used in underground parking structures in multifamily and mixed-use buildings to keep out groundwater that could otherwise seep in and damage the structure.

To build underground parking facilities, contractors would typically need to painstakingly deploy a waterproof plastic membrane across the entire job site before they could begin pouring concrete. Depending on the size of the site, that process can require 10 to 15 people, Yeiser said. On sites that use more advanced materials, the need for labor is far lower.

“When contractors use Dricrete, the waterproofing material gets mixed in at the plant, so there’s no need to do any more work on-site, it’s a totally hands-off process,” Yeiser said. “We’ve poured entire parking garages with just one

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I like my showers very hot. Will an icy blast turn me into a better person? | Romesh Ranganathan | Life and style

I was away for work last week when we got on to the subject of showers. This is something that comes up a lot when travelling, as the quality of bathroom facilities very much determines the mood of the TV shoot. One of the hotels we stayed in last year seemed to be only pretending to have running water, and so the filming days quickly descended into a group of smelly people irritably snapping at each other. At another hotel, it would take about 20 minutes to get a cupful of hot water, which meant showers took an hour and consisted of being naked and freezing and occasionally basting yourself.

On last week’s shoot, though, the director of the show claimed that cold showers were the way forward. I would agree, if the context was specifically for the extraction of information from hostages. I found myself wondering if this was another load of middle-class bullshit, like the six-month period when everyone was putting butter in their coffee.

I am very much of the school of thought that showers should be extremely hot. For some reason, I equate very hot with very clean. I like to feel as if the top layer of skin has been singed off, so that I emerge from the cubicle a brand new Romesh – after, of course, having squeegeed the walls of the shower, during which I like to role-play as a nice window cleaner. I also like the pressure to be so high that you feel as if you’re being sandblasted, smashed so hard against the back of the wall that you would be unsurprised to be hit by a goat that had been caught up in the tornado. All of this is environmentally unsound, to say the least. Even so, cold showering sounded

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Spa Bathroom Ideas: What you need to turn your bathroom into a spa

CNN Underscored has interviewed experts to find the best options to help you cope during this uncertain time. Find all our coronavirus-related coverage here, and let us know your thoughts here.

Whether you’re stuck inside under self-quarantine, working from home, or a courageous essential worker, one thing this pandemic has definitely caused is a lot of stress.

There are plenty of ways to release some stress, even if you are cooped up inside. You can exercise at home, play video games, or have yourself a spa day right in the comfort of your own bathroom.

And with lots of items on the market that bring the spa experience straight to your home, that’s easier than ever. Find the right stuff and soon enough, you’ll be able to have a soothing, Zen experience in your own bathroom.

To help you get that pampered feeling anywhere, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products from brands and retailers we trust, and plenty that have the customer reviews to back them up. Self-care has never been easier or felt so good.

IFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker ($29.99, originally $54.99; amazon.com)

IFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker

IFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Relaxing music is the first step to setting a peaceful mood. This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and even fully submersible, making it the optimal shower speaker. The speaker lasts for up to 10 hours on a charge, so connect your phone to the speaker, choose your relaxing playlist, and you’re all set.

Splash Tunes Pro Dual Wireless Speaker ($44; anthropologie.com)

Splash Tunes Pro Dual Wireless Speaker

Splash Tunes Pro Dual Wireless Speaker

Not only is this speaker Bluetooth-compatible and waterproof, it comes with a built-in microphone for hands-free calls. If your spa day includes the potential for catch-up calls with friends and family, this is the perfect option for

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6 Tips to turn your bathroom into a home spa

Do you love to get a spa treatment? Then bring it to your home by changing the bathroom décor and turning it into a home spa. Your bathroom can give you the ultimate spa vibe in your abode with certain changes in decoration. This will also provide the bathroom with an aesthetic look to make you feel comfortable.

Having plants, mirror, dimmed lights, etc. will help you to get the look for your bathroom. So, if you are thinking to change your small bathroom into a spa, here are some ideas to do it.

Tips and ideas to turn your bathroom into a spa:

1.First, add a touch of golden colour to feel luxurious. Handles, knobs, taps, etc. can also be opted in golden colours.

2.Now put a few tiers of open-shelves on your walls and fill the spaces with basket for towels, beauty products and a few bottles of aromatherapy oils.



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3.Plants play a major role in making any space refreshing. So, when you are turning your bathroom into a spa, then plants are a must-have. Get some succulents or air plants for this look. They are easy to take care of.

4.Candles are important for creating the spa bathroom. So, put some candles but be minimalist with them. You can also opt for scented candles.

5.Now warm up the floor with some luxurious rug to get the ultimate spa-like feeling.

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