mandarin: 2010 Elementary School Results - 08/22/10 05:11 PM

From: http://www.wcpss.net/test-scores/nc-abcs/2010/elementary.html
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mandarin: 房屋构件使用年限 - 07/06/10 07:20 PM
From http://bbs.creaders.net/house/bbsviewer.php?trd_id=490215&blog_id=64410
1。家庭的主要电器煤气灶平均寿命最长,为15年。烘干机和冰箱约13年。寿命最短的电器有:洗碗机(9年)和微波炉(9年)。此外,造型的变化,技术和消费偏好也可能缩短它们的使用周期。
2。厨柜及贮藏架厨柜预计将能使用50年,壁橱架子可以持续一生。
3。混凝土及砖石建筑混凝土及砖石建筑是家庭中最持久的组成部分之一。烟囱,壁炉及砖贴面可以持续一生,砖墙有超过100年的平均预期寿命。
4。厨房的台面天然石材,这几年由于价格降低而日益普及,可以持续一生。大理石则相反,只有约20年的预期寿命。
5。后院甲板根据不同的气候条件,寿命可能变化显著,但在理想的条件下,应该能持续20年。
6。门窗只要房子不倒,外部玻璃纤维,钢铁和木材门会持续被使用,而乙烯材料(Vinyl)门有20年生命预期。壁橱门预计将持续一生,法式门(French Door) 为30至50年。铝窗年限为15至20年,而木制窗户可用到30年以上。
7。水龙头及用水设备厨房水槽将历时50年,水龙头将正常工作约15年。浴室淋浴外壳能坚持50年,淋浴喷头持续一生,浴缸由使用而定,耐久性从20至50年,范围相当广泛。
8。地板如果得到很好的保养,全天然的木地板,大理石,板岩,花岗岩将历时100年,塑胶地板将持续长达50年。取决于保养和使用情况,地毯会持续8至10年。
9。基脚和房屋基础假设建筑适当,混凝土砌块以及基脚(footing)会持续一生。沥青防水涂料10年后开始发生漏水,混凝土或铸铁污水管的设计寿命为一个世纪以上。
9。框架结构系统现浇混凝土系统,木制结构房屋和保温面板都将持续一生。软木,硬质纤维板和胶合板平均为30年,而OSB板和刨花板为60年。
10。供暖,通风及空调系统暖气炉空调系统需要适当和定期维修才能持续工作,但其主要部件只有15至25年时间。平均而言,暖气炉可工作15年至20年,热泵能用16年,空调可用10至15年。
11。热水器Tankless热水器持续超过20年,而一个电动或燃气热水器的寿命约为10年。
12。屋顶板岩,铜,粘土/混凝土屋顶有50年的预期寿命,沥青屋顶约20年。当然,屋顶寿命也取决于当地的气候条件,是否正确设计和建造,材料质量如何和维修是否足够。

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mandarin: A foreclosure opportunity with 2+ acre land in Cary/Apex/RTP - 04/24/10 04:52 PM
Great potential with great schools in Wake County
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mandarin: Orleans builders reach sale agreement - 04/18/10 08:23 AM
 
By Alan J. Heavens http://www.philly.com/philly/business/90844079.html?cmpid=15585797
INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Just 45 days into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Orleans Homebuilders Inc., of Bensalem, said Wednesday that it had executed an agreement valued at $170 million with NVR Inc., of Reston, Va., for the purchase of what the company called "substantially all" of Orleans' assets.
The agreement is meant to establish a floor price that Orleans chief financial officer Garry P. Herdler said the company hoped would lead to "other, better, and higher bids."
Orleans, in a motion filed Wednesday in Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, asked for bids to be due June 16.
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mandarin: Impact of RDU Airport: Interactive Flight Track Map Instructions - 03/29/10 09:00 AM
http://www.rduaircraftnoise.com/noiseinfo/flighttrack.html
http://www.rduaircraftnoise.com/home/tips.html
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mandarin: Impact of 540 Extension in West Cary - 03/29/10 08:50 AM
http://www.westernwakeinfo.com/index.html
http://209.42.194.57/CaryMap/ViewMap.aspx?ItemID=11&PortalID=1
 
Effective, April 12, 2010, part of McCrimmon Parkway will close for 300 days for construction of the Western Wake Expressway bridge. 
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mandarin: basement: below ground and above ground - 03/24/10 12:47 PM

From: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-kinds-of-basements.htm One design element available to houses built on sloped lots is known as a walk-out or daylight basement. A walk-out basement features a doorway which leads directly to a ground level patio or backyard.  Not all house plans can incorporate a walk-out or daylight basement, however. Much depends on the degree of slope and the preferred direction a house should face.  A walk-out basement works best when the house is built on top of a sloping lot which falls away at the back end.  The ground level and higher floors can be located on the top of the slope and the walk-out garage should face a … (0 comments)

mandarin: Wake school board passes resolution on neighborhood schools - 03/03/10 07:36 AM
From http://www.wral.com/news/education/story/7150967/
 

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday to end its long-standing diversity policy in student assignment in favor of a neighborhood schools concept.
By a 5-4 vote, the board approved a resolution to begin planning for the phase out of the policy. The move will allow students to go to schools closer to home, regardless of the socio-economic makeup of the student body.
WATCH VIDEOWake board votes to phase out diversity policy
Reassigning students to ensure schools had no more than 40 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches has been controversial for years. … (1 comments)

mandarin: With Fannie Mae You Can Have Ten Properties Instead of Four - 02/05/10 01:40 PM
 
From: http://realestate.bryanellis.com/1195/fannie-mae-removes-its-4-financed-property-limit/#fvIyqPTTTNb1
 
Effective March 1, 2009, real estate investors can once again own and finance up to 10 individual properties. The restriction reversal does come with new minimum requirements, however.
Homeowners buying a 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th home must meet the following standards, as set forth by Fannie Mae:
720 credit score 25% downpayment for a 1-unit (30% for a 2-4 unit) No mortgage delinquencies in the last 12 months 6 months of reserves for each investment property In other words, Fannie Mae is re-opening the lending spigot for real estate investors with good credit, a sizeable downpayment … (0 comments)

mandarin: 12 WCPSS Schools Earn State’s Highest Recognition - 08/18/09 09:21 PM
 
http://www.wcpss.net/news/2009_august6_abc/
August 6, 2009 - The Wake County Public School System saw an increasing number of schools achieve School of Excellence and School of Distinction in 2008-09, according to the ABCs of Public Education released today by the NC State Board of Education.
In 2008-09, WCPSS had 12 schools named School of Excellence or Honor School of Excellence and 50 named School of Distinction. That compares with four Honor Schools of Excellence and 26 Schools of Distinction for 2007-08.
Individual School Results
WCPSS Schools with highest composite scores Honor Schools of Excellence in 2008-09 include:
Adams Elementary, Apex Middle, Davis … (0 comments)

 

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