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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bathroom Renovation - Progress is a slow process

Here is some more progress on our first house renovation....currently we will be removing all the existing mess that is the current bathroom and replacing it with something magnificent. I highly recommend that you hire a plumbing contractor and electrical contractor to do the work, but if you are like me and need to same some money be sure to ask around before you settle for anyone to do the work.
If you think you are handy and have the time to do the research try and find a contractor that will check your work when you are done so you will pass the home inspector from the city....also be aware of all current city codes because you will regret the whole project if you do not know what you are up against.

Friday, May 10, 2013

American Power Group receives follow up order worth 500,000 from Oil and Gas drilling companies

More god news for American Power group (APGI).
The orders are for the upgrade and conversion of additional diesel generators on drilling rigs for operation using APG's Turbocharged Natural Gas(TM) Dual Fuel System. SourceOne Engine Equipment, LLC, our domestic Dealer/Certified Installer booked the orders. While the end customers were not disclosed for proprietary reasons, a recent industry survey ranked these three companies among the top 50 oil and gas exploration and drilling companies in the United States.
Lyle Jensen, CEO of American Power Group stated, "Currently more than 20 of the top oil and gas exploration companies in the United States are running APG's Turbocharged Natural Gas(TM) Dual Fuel System on their drilling rigs with over 75% of those running multiple dual fuel powered drilling rigs. During April, we invoiced a record $1 million in oil and gas related revenue based on previously announced and new orders." Mr. Jensen added, "At a time when global diesel prices continue to escalate, the ability for oil rig operators to use our dual fuel technology with either inexpensive well-head gas or plentiful domestic natural gas as a supplemental fuel provides a significant competitive advantage over operators running on 100% diesel fuel." 

Information gathered from Etrade - APGI NEWS

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Whole House Renovation - DIY projects

When it comes to buying an old house there is just no way around renovations. Especially when you start one small project and realize your house is not exactly as advertised. Now you have to call over the city inspector to check out the damage.....we had a bad experience with a home inspector. My advise is have them look at only the one section you are changing and then do not argue with what they say....just do it because if you hurt their feelings your project will be put on hold forever.
If you are a Do It Yourself -er I highly recommend doing your homework. Just because you saw it once of television doesn't mean you know what you are doing.
Do not make the problem worse by cutting corners.
We are taking the whole house down to the studs to re-wire and re-plumb everything correctly....also we are making the main floor layout more open.

Here is an update on our project.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sedimentary Deposition Environment - where does the debris go?

Where does all the debris go that has been eroded and how does it form a rock?

The general idea behind sedimentation is simple. Rocks are uplifted and then eroded by some medium, water or wind generally, and then once certain conditions are met the debris is deposited based on several variables. Generally speaking the smaller the particle and the high energy the medium the further that particle will get before it drops from a suspended load. This first image shows where certain particles generally settle out. Sand being the coarsest will drop out first, quarts and feldspar. Then the smaller clay particles will drop out, kaolinite, illite, chlorite, and vermiculite. Then when we get into the warm water one will encounter limestone, generally built by millions of dead sea organisms which have a calcium based shell. 
If you find this pattern of rock types you have encountered a sedimentary facies.
A facies is a pattern of rock type or rock unit that is different from adjacent rock units...depending on the depositional environment. A more detailed explanation of facies is to be explained later....

Sedimentary Deposition Environment

Now that we have an idea of is another pictorial example of where you may encounter different rock units depending on the depositional environment. We can see here that a swap will show shale and coal facies while the near shore environment will give us examples of sand and silt facies.

Sedimentary Facies