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maribeth magby wrote at 2014-04-04 03:22:06
Just a comment . So grateful!!! I has a guy tell me I have to remove the top if the stoop because if moisture!!!! Thank you!!!


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David McWethy


They say that "with age comes wisdom". Although I've found that just as often age comes alone, there is this to be said in favor of being a doddering old codger: With enough years to have made a large assortment of mistakes, and (I hope, anyway) by learning from them, and how they could have been avoided, I bring to the table a pretty broad general knowledge of construction how-to (and when-to) methods and accepted practices. If I don't know the answer I'll tell you that--instead of ducking the question--and suggest alternative sources you might consider using for the information you need. And finally: Im on your side. There is no question that is silly or stupid (except maybe How did Obama get elected???), and together well make a good team.


For 10 years I was a "hands-on" Facilities Manager in charge of--among other things--ADA and JCAHO plant, facility & safety management code compliance and the repair and maintenance of 15 buildings in a four-county catchment area for a community-based mental health system. Many of these had to have some form of ramp and rail to meet ADA handicap-access requirements. Subsequent to that I was "the crew of one" for the design and installation of all decks, rails, ramps, porches and stairs for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter; those which were part of the reconstruction of antebellum Headquarters House for the local historical society; and the William Jefferson Clinton Museum on the University of Arkansas campus.

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Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science, 1971 Master of Public Administration, 1973

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A basketful of collegiate and city management kudos which are of no value here. And, in retrospect, perhaps not worth the effort then.

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