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An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 9: The Water Runs Through It

Thursday, February 1, 2018
  Kristen and I knew how we wanted to remodel and we knew who the people were that we wanted to do the carpentry, plumbing, electrical and painting.  But we had one requirement that controlled everything.  We wanted the entire Hamilton family to come together for Christmas 2015, al...

Prairie State Pothole Conundrum

Monday, January 15, 2018
Does it seem like the roads in Illinois are worse every year?  Underlying highway funding issues may partly explain the conditions of our roads.  One of the primary sources of revenue to fix roads in Illinois is the motor fuel tax (MFT) which is a flat 19 cents per gallon paid at the pump....

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 8: The Woodland Pond

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
“What do you mean you have to give away the koi?  You’ve had some of those fish for over 10 years.” Kristen and I were standing on the back deck of our home in Plainfield next to the koi pond that I had built, improved and repaired many times over the past fifteen years or ...

READING AND UNDERSTANDING LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS PT II

Friday, December 15, 2017
METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTIONS Gurdon Wattles, in his book WRITING LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS, defines a metes and bounds description as follows: “A series of lines around the perimeter of an area known as a metes and bounds description” “Metes “ meaning bearings and distances ...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 7: A Final Goodbye

Thursday, November 30, 2017
  My sister-in-law, Marsha, met me at the front door of Joliet Area Hospice, “You should tell Mom that you and Kristen plan to move into the house.” Mom had been in Hospice for about a week and she had drifted between lucidity, blank staring, and sleep, depending upon the conc...



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