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Comment Archives: stories: News: Helter Shelter

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

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Posted by cjpierce25 on 06/07/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “A classic column from the late, great Walter Jowers, who loved his family, hated home-repair swindlers, and made Nashville a way livelier place

Jowers was the greatest blow-by-blow Southern story-teller this side of Rick Bragg. He wrote literature that was way above most Southern novel-writers we are exposed to. Miss him, dearly.

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Posted by wcs3 on 05/17/2015 at 8:26 PM
Posted by Curt W. Porter on 05/01/2015 at 2:22 AM

Re: “A classic column from the late, great Walter Jowers, who loved his family, hated home-repair swindlers, and made Nashville a way livelier place

I remember reading "Helter Shelter" for the first time snortling (snorting and chuckling) at perhaps the most inopportune time. It was a delicious read (I was at a Nashville eatery). I loved his writing and his way of inviting us into his beautiful mind. Thankful that his wife, Brenda Kearse Jowers, shared him with us.

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Posted by Tony Lamair Burks II on 05/01/2015 at 12:45 AM
Posted by Leigh R. Hendry on 04/30/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

Not all vinyl siding is created equally. For example vinyl siding made by CertainTeed is better than Stylecrest siding because it is thicker, more durable and requires a better installation method. Obviously Mr. Joyner didn't care to research the subject that far and obviously PCL (above) doesn't know the first thing about the installation and maintenance required for PREMIUM vinyl siding proudly made in the US.

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Posted by Kenro on 03/09/2015 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Just don't forget your church panties

What do you think about vibrating panties like these?

Posted by Jessica Mill on 09/21/2013 at 5:40 AM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

That is why you caulk around j-channel, where it touches your coil stock. Also i know in INdiana is is a building code to install fan fold insulation under vinyl. In addition, ever notice why brick masons put cotton robe every few feet under the first layer of brick? So the water that gets behind the brick has a place to drain from. Walter i doubt you have ever seen vinyl properly installed. Give me a 16oz. hammer and a brick sided house and i can be inside eithin 60 seconds .

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Posted by siding fan on 06/15/2013 at 10:38 PM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

Matthew Dobson is correct in that with a properly lapped system of water protection underneath it, vinyl siding is no worse than any other type of siding. But the J-channel used to retain the edges of the vinyl panels tends to direct large amounts of water around window and door frames, right where contractors tend to mess up the interface between the window/door frames, flashing and house wrap, so you'd better be damn sure the guy doing your siding and possibly windows knows and cares what he's doing. Either way, the stuff usually looks like crap on the day it's installed and often gets much worse after that. Occasionally , a house gets just enough sun to keep it from getting algae and fungus, but not so much that it fades and cracks, so it looks not much more tacky after 30 years than it did on day 1. But more often the "maintenance free" house looks like a dirty, shabby mess after a few years; some get so slime-infested that power washing just feeds the problem. All in all, some combination of brick and stucco (which need waterproofing layers and flashing just as much as vinyl does), properly installed, will look much better for longer. It will also protect the house from fire and damage from severe storms, unlike vinyl.

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Posted by PCL on 12/16/2012 at 4:48 AM

Re: “Beware the singing politician, the silenced piano, and rocket scientists on the warpath

"The potholes will always be with us."
Book of Transportation, 1:16.

Posted by packrat on 02/13/2012 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Beware the singing politician, the silenced piano, and rocket scientists on the warpath

Writing of potholes, one of the very first thing President Clinton did when he took office was raise the federal gasoline tax by a nickel. This has resulted in billions of dollars - maybe trillions - added to the road coffers and still we have potholes.

Posted by gast on 02/10/2012 at 4:07 PM

Re: “When the cable guy asks you to pull your own cable, it's all downhill from there

Fight back! Refuse to update/upgrade/replace - if it works, don't fix it!
Bill Gates showed the principle involved - run off with the consumer's money and let him/her figure out how to troubleshoot the premature release.

Great coluimn - AL

Posted by Heretic on 01/24/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Of Georgia moonshine, the boogaloo and the goat of Christmas past

Bravo,,Nothin like a short story told well,, Yall dun well Mr. Jowers, My daddy hauled bootleg whiskey back in prohibition days,,but that I recon is another story

Posted by Papapoet on 12/15/2011 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Of Georgia moonshine, the boogaloo and the goat of Christmas past

Walter, you're a born storyteller. I don't live in Nashville anymore, but I check in from time to time with the Scene to find out whats going on. Love your writing! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Posted by Janet Cook Sanchez on 12/15/2011 at 10:52 AM

Re: “On mechanized overkill and the removal of leaves

KEEP THEM, COMPOST THEM AND USE THEM! WHERE THE HELL DO YOU THINK TOP SOIL COMES FROM! Get off of your FAT PHOOTBALL watching arse and just do it...MAKE IT FUN! Also don't forget...Please! ... SPAY and NEUTER your INBRED HUMANS!

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Posted by T-BONE on 11/17/2011 at 9:53 AM

Re: “With everyone sampling everyone, there's plenty of reason to fret

The notion that we Americans are responsible to protect the "forests of the world" is a problem. The people and government of Brazil may want us to mind our own damned business. If we desire a certain wood and are willing to pay good money for it, they may be more inclined to keep a steady supply available. Money talks and "sustainable BS talk" walks....something like that.

Posted by Captain Jim on 10/01/2011 at 11:14 AM

Re: “With everyone sampling everyone, there's plenty of reason to fret

Somehow, Taylor and Martin are managing to make pretty great guitars without resorting to using illegal wood that's destroying rainforests around the world and that is sometimes harvested using slave labor. Here's a clip from NPR:

Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO of the C.F. Martin Guitar Co. in Nazareth, Pa., says that when he first heard guitars built from Madagascar rosewood, he dreamed it might be the long-sought substitute for Brazilian rosewood, whose trade was banned in the 1990s due to over-harvest. Then the situation in Madagascar changed.

"There was a coup," Martin says. "What we heard was the international community has come to the conclusion that the coup created an illegitimate government. That's when we said, 'Okay, we can not buy any more of this wood.'"

And while some say the Lacey Act is burdensome, Martin supports it: "I think it's a wonderful thing. I think illegal logging is appalling. It should stop. And if this is what it takes unfortunately to stop unscrupulous operators, I'm all for it. It's tedious, but we're getting through it."

Taylor guitar CEO Bob Taylor has said similar things: "Here’s how Lacey has affected the way we do business at Taylor Guitars. It’s very simple. We now investigate the sources of our wood, and we ensure to the best of our ability that the wood was taken legally. We fill out the paper work required and we present our business, as an open book. The cost isn’t so much for us. It’s not an unbearable added burden, and we’re happy to do the extra administrative work.… If I could take any user of wood, whether it be a guitar player, or a purchaser of a dining room table, with me, on a trip to the forest of 2011 in many, many parts of the world, and let them see with their own eyes the state of the forests and the people living in them, I’d stake my last dollar on the fact that they’d come home and preach with a loud voice how deforestation has got to be stopped! You have to see it to believe it, and if you haven’t seen it, with your own eyes, you can’t argue against it. Period. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth."

This BBC report shows exactly what Madagascar illegal logging looks like:

as does this video:

Pretty extraordinary that Gibson would keep importing from the same German importer (Nagel) even after the feds raided them the first time. Why didn't they just find a sustainable importer? Also, far from being "jackbooted" (do you really need to suggest they're Nazis?) these Fish and Wildlife Service agents are doing their jobs to protect forests around the world and Tennessee jobs - in sensible shoes.

Posted by NeedGuitarHeroes on 09/22/2011 at 11:22 AM

Re: “With everyone sampling everyone, there's plenty of reason to fret

You're ignoring the fact that the fretboards were taken because they were believed to be made from illegally imported Rosewood and Ebony from Madagascar. They're not just "completely harmless pieces of wood" when their harvesting damages fragile ecosystems. If your justification for contributing to the extinction of species is that your guitar sounds better, I commend your utter lack of character.

Posted by FretBored on 09/22/2011 at 10:38 AM

Re: “If kids today want to rock, they'd better learn to put their backs into it

The true musicians: "...the Hammond B-3 organ, the monster machine that turned Steve Winwood loose on "Gimme Some Lovin'." A Hammond B-3 weighs about 420 pounds, and the rotating Leslie speaker unit weighs about 140 pounds. I know because I've been one of the four guys that it takes to haul a B-3 up a flight of stairs."
Check out a true musician who stays true to his Hammond B-3, no matter what! Real quality music!​t-music/tracks/13687438/?artis​t_id=13687438

Posted by Michelle on 08/16/2011 at 11:32 AM

Re: “If kids today want to rock, they'd better learn to put their backs into it

The guitarist in my little brother's 80s power pop outfit played a 62 Strat plugged into a Fender Twin. Sometimes 2 of them hooked up in a sort of "stereo". No effects beyond an analog delay unit here and there, which sounded sort of like a Echoplex. He just played and the amp(s) screamed. Awesome. I got some live tapes, and between songs you can here that Twin up on the stage buzzing....

Posted by Allen Sullivant on 08/12/2011 at 1:34 PM

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