Building Adirondack furniture is a time-honored craft. Sturdy and rustic, this furniture can be a beautiful addition to any indoor decor, although it's most often used to set the scene outdoors. There, the furniture is subjected to a lifetime of abuse. Yearly it moves from somewhere hidden away (probably dark and musty winter storage) to front-and-center on the summer stage. Now, hour after hour it is beaten on by intense UV light, drenched in driving rains, then fried again in the summer sun.
The quality of the inspection is determined by the quality of the samples that are collected, so it's important to use the best sampling and data-interpretation methods available. But there is currently little guidance as to which methods are better and which are worse; which result in a rational interpretation of the data, and which result in data that are difficult to interpret. Joe C. Spurgeon, Ph.D., who has conducted thousands of inspections, delivers objective guidance on sampling and data interpretation methods in this guidebook for inspectors and anyone concerned about safety. Read this book to learn: Which of the commonly used sampling methods result in reproducible sample results that can be interpreted and which methods don't. Why different airborne sampling methods may be needed to assess structural contamination and occupant exposure. How the reference, control, and database data-interpretation methods may be used to convert sample results into actionable information.
The sovereigns of England, unlike those of France, have seldom taken to themselves the task of acting as patrons of the fine arts. Therefore when we write of the "Queen Anne period" we do not refer to the influence of the undistinguished lady who for twelve years occupied the throne of England. The term is merely convenient for the purpose of classification, embracing, as it does, the period from William and Mary to George I. during which the furniture had a strong family likeness and shows a development very much on the same line. The change, at the last quarter of the seventeenth century, from the Jacobean models to the Dutch, was probably the most important change that has come over English furniture. It was a change which strongly influenced Chippendale and his school, and remains with us to this day.