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Andy DiSabatino

Andy loves everything about Rock Hall Maryland that includes fishing, cruising and crabbing. He has also been 100% paperless at home!

PAugust 20, 2014
PAugust 20, 2014

Does Solar Power Have a Future?

Can you imagine challenging MacGyver to build a contraption to run your electrical meter backwards? He certainly wouldn’t select the solar option. Instead, he would gather 2 different size magnets, an old AC adaptor, distilled water, black tape, plastic wrap, a plastic cup and a knife. But this potpourri of MacGyver’s hardware favorites will get…
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PAugust 14, 2013
PAugust 14, 2013

The Air We Breathe

I had an interesting conversation with a prospective new customer about harvesting the atmosphere, although in his words it was more accurately described as  “fractional distillation of liquid air in a cryogenic air separation unit.”  I know what you’re thinking…sounds like a lot of hot air!  The keyword in that sentence is air.  The simplest definition of air is “the invisible gaseous substance…
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PJuly 31, 2012
PJuly 31, 2012

An Immigration Compromise

The theme in my latest blogs has been the power of compromise in our national political arena: a power we have not seen in that arena for five years.  The definition I have been using for compromise, and I’ll mention it once again, is: “To compromise is for the Republican and Democratic Party to agree…
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PJune 13, 2012
PJune 13, 2012

Tax Compromise Proposal

The highly contested debate on income taxes center around the percent paid on income, those who pay no federal taxes on income and, we can’t forget, the rich tax payers who should pay more because they can. That is the crux of the income tax debate. The Republicans want to lower taxes on everyone, including…
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PJune 11, 2012
PJune 11, 2012

Compromise…Just do it!: Meeting in the Middle for Politics

So as I sit at my desk on this rainy morning and look across the Christina River, besides watching the tide ebb and flow, I am contemplating the power of compromise. In political terms the definition could look like this:
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PSeptember 23, 2011
PSeptember 23, 2011

Part II: $128 Billion & the American Jobs Act

I was asked by one of our employees for my “take” on President Obama’s new American Jobs Act  (AJA) and his September 8th prime time address to Congress. My cousin Brian was spotlighted in the News Journal answering that same question. See below, but don’t forget to come back to my blog! Click here to…
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PSeptember 20, 2011
PSeptember 20, 2011

Part I: What is a Davis Bacon?

What is a Davis Bacon? The better question should be who is Davis and who is Bacon? The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 requires that ”prevailing wages “ be paid on all federal government contracts for construction. The act is named after its sponsors, James J. Davis, a senator from Pennsylvania, and Representative Robert Bacon of…
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PAugust 25, 2011
PAugust 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene

The approaching Hurricane Irene is a serious threat to our buildings and our homes and not to be taken lightly. So what can we do today and tomorrow to prepare our buildings for this approaching storm?
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PMarch 18, 2011
PMarch 18, 2011

My Short Geometry Lesson

Did you know that the exterior wall construction in a building could represent more then 20% of the total cost of the building? And did you know our estimating department performs an exterior wall assembly analysis to determine if the ratio of exterior wall to building square footage is within our cost parameters? This is…
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PJanuary 18, 2011
PJanuary 18, 2011

Bad Soils? Try Stone Columns.

What happens when the geotechnical report leans toward a deep foundation system (piles, caissons) instead of a shallow foundation system (spread footings)? The cost difference is too great not to challenge other structurally acceptable alternatives. My favorite…Stone Columns.
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