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Hot shots: Book looks at history, homes of St. Louis Fire Department | Joe’s St. Louis

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The notion that there is at least one book about any subject under the sun is given credence by a new release from STL’s Reedy Press:

“St. Louis Fire Stations.”



"St. Louis Fire Stations"

“St. Louis Fire Stations” (Photo by Reedy Press)


Released on Oct. 1 and anchored by some never-before-seen photos, the book details the stations of the city fire department from the early 1800s to some still in operation today.

Historical note: The St. Louis department is the second-oldest professional fire department in the U.S. It was formed out of volunteer units in 1857, four years after Cincinnati. 

Along with the photos, there are histories of the stations and information about the personnel who worked there and the types of equipment used.

The photos in the book also show some of the department’s more unique facilities, such as the Horse Hospital and the 1904 World’s Fair Fire Station.

The book was written by Robert Pauly, the department’s historian and curator of the St. Louis Fire Department Museum. Many newer photos come from Capt. Dennis J. Maag of the Mehlville Fire Protection District in St. Louis County.

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Kitchen Gadget to Safely Handle Hot Oven Racks (OCC-1524)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “I needed a better way to remove hot oven racks without burning myself,” said an inventor, from La Palma, Calif., “so I invented the EASY OUT.”

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The invention provides an effective way to adjust, push and pull a hot rack from the oven. In doing so, it eliminates the need to struggle with pot holders. As a result, it helps to prevent burns on the hands and arms and it enhances safety and convenience. The invention features a practical, user-friendly design that is easy to use so it is ideal for households and commercial kitchens. Additionally, it is producible in design variations.

The inventor described the invention design. “My design enables hot oven racks to be safely handled without pot holders.”

The original design was submitted to the Orange County sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 19-OCC-1524, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at https://www.InventHelp.com.

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Red hot home prices have more consumers saying now is a bad time to buy

People wait to visit a house for sale in Floral Park, Nassau County, New York.

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Anyone out hunting for a house knows that bidding wars are no longer the exception, but the rule.

Demand for housing has been unusually strong, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and supply is historically lean. That is a recipe for high prices, which are now beginning to take their toll on potential homebuyers’ confidence.

The share of buyers who say they think it’s a good time to buy fell in September, from 59% to 54%, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae.

Home values were up nearly 6% annually, according to CoreLogic, a data analytics firm. More consumers now expect those price gains to grow.

The percentage of respondents to the Fannie Mae survey who says prices will go up in the next year increased from 33% to 41%, while the share who said prices would go down decreased from 26% to just 17%.

More people do think now is a good time to sell a home, which is an improvement from the first months of the pandemic, when potential sellers didn’t want shoppers in their homes and worried about the state of the overall economy.

If seller sentiment improves substantially, that could help bolster supply and take away at least some of the heat in prices.  

“Going forward, we believe the wild card to be whether enough sellers enter the market to continue to meet the strong homebuying demand,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. “The home purchase market requires the proper mix of home price growth and continued economic recovery to achieve sustainable levels of housing activity.”

Falling mortgage rates have been driving buyers into the market, especially as rates set record

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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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Hot Tips on Choosing the Right Metal Roof Contractors

Searching for the right metal roof contractors to employ to perform the roofing installation of your house requires some knowledge of the standard qualifications of roofing experts in order to ensure that the roof is correctly installed. This is very important since some types of roofing materials require utmost precision during the installation process; otherwise, it may result to some defects like cracks and leakage which can eventually end up in having some water leakage during heavy rains.

Bear in mind that the selection process of getting the ideal roofing contractors to hire is quite different and more challenging today compared to the past. This is due to the fact that most contractors before were well-trained and experienced on the installation of corrugated steel roofing, which is the most common type of roofing materials in the past.

Today, there are now many different types of roofing materials that are available in the market. Each roof type has its own unique installation process that is quite different from the way other roof materials are installed. Therefore, it is highly recommended to start your search for the right roof-installation company to hire by knowing the kind of roof materials that you have.

If you are using only galvanized corrugated metal roofing then looking for the right roofing-installation company is not going to be a problem at all because most roof-installers are competent in doing the tasks since this is standard roofing material. Most of them are usually very experienced in this type of installation. Aside from that, the whole process is very easy to do.

However, if your roofing materials are different and it requires more complicated process, then you must narrow down your selection to experts of specific types of roof-materials. There are usually expert installers for roofing materials like fiber …

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