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Asbestos: a brief history

Asbestos: a brief history

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral with incredibly useful properties that have been known since the Roman Empire.  Charlemagne had an asbestos tablecloth; King Chosroes II of Persia had an asbestos napkin; and in the 19th and 20th centuries industrial-scale asbestos was used for everything from brake pads to lawn furniture to cement. Asbestos has lots […]


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How highways got their signs

How highways got their signs

| January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

We recently got an interesting inquiry from a customer asking, just how did street signs get that way?  Why are they shaped like they are? Well, it’s actually an interesting question!   At first, signage on streets and highways wasn’t standardized at all.  In the early 20th century, most long-distance travel was by rail or […]


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L.A.’s bike highway that never was

L.A.’s bike highway that never was

| December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles is the car capital of America. Its landmarks are its roads: Sunset Boulevard, the Pacific Coast Highway, Rodeo Drive. And entire comedy sketches have been made about Angelenos’ love affair with the automobile.  But it wasn’t always this way.  In 1900, Los Angeles had the first elevated “cycleway” in the world. At the […]


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Holiday Fire Hazards (and how to avoid them!)

Holiday Fire Hazards (and how to avoid them!)

| December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The holidays are meant for spending time with loved ones, celebrations and get-togethers, and spreading cheer. Holiday fire hazards at home, however, can pose a threat to this time of joy. December is the most common month for home fires, mostly due to Christmas trees, candles, decorations, and cooking. Fortunately, most holiday fires are preventable. It is […]


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Parking lot warnings

Parking lot warnings

| December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is a lot of legalese you see every day. For instance, if there’s a parking lot sign saying “Management is not responsible for damage to your car or its contents”– does it actually mean the management isn’t responsible? Do these signs actually establish legal obligations? Here’s the answer. Usually, parking lot owners aren’t responsible […]


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The fading beauty of ghost signs

The fading beauty of ghost signs

| December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Have you ever walked past a building and noticed an old, hand-painted advertisement slowly fading away? It may be fading and difficult to read, but it is still visible. This is called a  “ghost sign”. Usually, they are kept for sentimental purposes or simply if the owner doesn’t care to have it removed. Many ghost […]


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