Monday

July 31st-Join Us to Take Back St. Louis!

End an era of public taxpayer dollars going to fossil fuel companies, their big bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, and require a plan to invest public money in and open land for renewable energy and sustainability projects!
Join Us to Turn In 36,000 Signatures to Take Back St. Louis!

Wednesday, July 31st at 10:00AM
Meet at Poelker Park (Tucker and Market across from City Hall)

After 8 months of hard work, the time has finally come! Join us in a celebration rally to turn-in over 36,000 signatures to the Board of Elections and begin to Take Back St. Louis from big corporations. 

The Take Back St. Louis initiative will end an era of public taxpayer dollars going to fossil fuel companies, their big bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, and require a plan to invest public money in and open land for renewable energy and sustainability projects. 

Instead of an economy based on corporations who bankrupt miners, cause climate change and steal money from the public schools, join us in support of the creation of a green economy for St. Louis! 

For more information, call 314-862-2249 and check out www.TakeBackStLouis.com.






Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, www.organizemo.org
join@organizemo.org  - 314) 862-2249 - 438 N. Skinker, St. Louis, MO 63130

Twitter: https://twitter.com/organizemo
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#Solar #RenewableEnergy #Conservation #Weatherization #Home #BigOil #FossilFuel #DirtyCoal #PeaBody 

Tuck-pointing and Acid Clean-Up of Shady Jacks Building Preservation Front Entrance Make Over

Just Finished the Tuck-pointing and Acid Clean-Up of Shady Jacks Building Preservation Front Entrance Make Over.   Getting another 100 years of Service from this Masonry Brick Building will not be an issue now!  

There are some BIG plans for this building.  Stay Tuned for further details. Hint: #Sports  and #Fitness 

No rest for the wicked and its onto another project Tuesday!  We will be finishing up the project started last summer- I'll be performing: #weldingservices  #carpentryservices  and #flooringservices  as well as a little #hvacservices  while we finish up the Benton Rehab Project- to see the prior projects photos and details of work completed so far check out the Green Blog at the last blog posting here: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/01/benton-rehab-flooring-custom-floor-patch.html


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Tuesday

Importance of Keystone,Springers,Voussoirs-Architectural Arches StLouis Brick Building

Keystone (architecture)

Decorative Lion Head Keystone-image courtesy Wikipedia
Decorative Lion Head Keystone

Location of Keystone-Architectural Arch-Photo Courtesy Wikipedia
Location of Keystone-Architectural Arch





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 

keystone is the wedge-shaped stone piece 

at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which 

is the final piece placed during construction 

and locks all the stones into position, allowing 

the arch to bear weight. 



Although a masonry arch or vault cannot be 

self-supporting until the keystone is placed, 

the keystone experiences the least stress 

of any of the voussoirs

due to its position at the apex.

Keystone, Springers, Voussoirs StLouis Brick Building
Keystone, Springers, Voussoirs StLouis Brick Building








Voussoir

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

voussoir (pronounced /vuˈswɑr/) is a wedge-shaped element, 
typically a stone, used in building an arch or vault.
Although each unit in an arch or vault is a voussoir, 
two units are of distinct functional importance: 
the keystone and the springer. 

  • The keystone is the center stone or masonry unit 
            at the apex of an arch. 

  • The springer is the lowermost voussoir, 

located where the curve of the arch springs from the 
vertical support or abutment of the wall or pier.

The word is a mason's term borrowed in Middle English from 
French verbs connoting a "turn" (OED). Each wedge-shaped 
voussoir turns aside the thrust of the mass above, transferring 
it from stone to stone to the springer's bottom face ('impost'), 
which is horizontal and passes the thrust on to the supports. 

Voussoir arches distribute weight efficiently and take maximum 
advantage of the compressive strength of stone, as in an arch bridge.
In Eastern Romanesque and Arab architecture the voussoirs are 
often in alternating colors, usually red and white.

During the 18th and 19th centuries British bricklayers became 
aware that by thickening the vertical mortar joint between regularly 
shaped bricks from bottom to top they could construct an elliptical 
arch of useful strength over either a standard 'former' or over 
specially constructed timber false work, (work to be removed following 
the construction of the prime). The bricks used in such an arch 
are often referred to as 'voussoirs'.

StLouis Building Preservation-Tuckpointing-Architectural Arches

Day 1 Work Photos showing the Architectural Details and how the Brick Mortar had eroded away in the 100+ year life of the building.  


Note: Mortar has eroded to the point that the Key Stones will loose their position and start the Domino Effect and allow the Entire wall to collapse.

When #MortarJoints  have deterriorated to this point it takes quite a bit of effort and patience to completely fill the voids {Tuck-pointing} to hold the #Bricks  in place.

#architecture   #BuildingPreservation   #Keystone  #BrickBuildings   #Tuck-pointing   #MasonryServices  #StLouisMo   #ShadyJacksSaloon  #DowntownStLouis  #Keystone #Springer #Voussoirs #StLouisArchitecture 

With Mortar Gone Keystones fall out of place creating a Domino Effect and will eventually lead to #BuildingCollapse
With 65%+ of the Mortar gone Keystones, Springers, and Voussoirs fall out of place creating a Domino Effect and will eventually lead to #BrickBuildingCollapse

Side View of Overhead Architectural Details in need of Tuck-pointing



View of Overhead Architectural Details in need of Tuckpointing
View of Overhead Architectural Details in need of Tuck-pointing



Mortar almost completely eroded from Bricks-Luckily the Keystones are still in place
Mortar almost completely eroded from Bricks-
Luckily the Keystones are still in place and the
Architectural Arches are holding their own!







Scaffolding is a must have for Brick and Masonry Work



End Day 1-StLouis Building Preservation-Tuckpointing
End Day 1-StLouis Building Preservation-Tuck-pointing 

Here is a video of the view of the Downtown, StLouis Area from the perch on the Scaffolding in the Prior Pics.  Rather than listen to the Traffic on I-170 we have our Radio Dial on KSHE95.
video


Here is one of the many final pics on the Project:

Tuck-pointing and Acid Clean-Up of Shady Jacks Building Preservation Front Entrance Make Over

Just Finished the Tuck-pointing and Acid Clean-Up of Shady Jacks Building Preservation Front Entrance Make Over.   Getting another 100 years of Service from this Masonry Brick Building will not be an issue now!  

There are some BIG plans for this building.  Stay Tuned for further details. Hint: #Sports  and #Fitness 

No rest for the wicked and its onto another project Tuesday!  We will be finishing up the project started last summer- I'll be performing: #weldingservices  #carpentryservices  & #flooringservices  as well as a little #hvacservices  while we finish up the Benton Rehab Project- to see the prior projects photos and details of work completed so far check out the Green Blog at the last blog posting here: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/01/benton-rehab-flooring-custom-floor-patch.html


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