A Cautionary Tale re: Prefab Home Kit

A future homeowner inherits a chunk of land in Ulster County, New York and decides to put a dreamy modern prefab on it.  I can understand that.  The owner picks an LVL model home from Rocio Romero, and the kit costs $47,000, including such things as the plans, a construction binder, open wall panels, certain structural materials, and the exterior siding.  The owner budgets just over $120,000 to finish the 1,669 square-foot home and hires a contractor to do the work, but that’s where things go wrong.

Turns out, the contractor didn’t complete at the low-bid price, according to an article in the New York Times.  The prefab kit home was ultimately finished for ~$260,000 (~$90,000 over budget), but the owner had to tap retirement savings, credit cards, and friends/family cash to get a certificate of occupancy.  Ouch!

So, what went wrong?

It’s unfair to speculate, but let’s just keep a few thing in mind, especially for those of you thinking about purchasing prefab in the future.

The Kit of Parts:
First, the prefab kit from Rocio Romero is just that: it’s a kit of parts that still requires labor, transport, the land, windows, insulation, and various other finish items.  Other than perhaps the transport, everything is subject to local pricing.  So it’ll cost a lot more on the coasts than everywhere else.

The Ballpark Cost:
Second, Rocio Romero informs purchasers that a LV home will cost anywhere from about 195 per square foot to finish.  Thus, the LVL model home — which has an open living room and kitchen, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms –  should cost anywhere from $200,000 – $325,000 to finish, including the kit.  The owners mentioned in the NY Times finished their home within this range at $260,000, but not for the quoted low-ball from the first contractor.

The Prefab Builder:
Third, all prefab is not in the form of a kit of parts.  Certain companies like Blu Homes and Stillwater Dwellings work the entire process from start to finish.  So their pricing — and this is big a marketing point for these companies — comes with more certainty.  I think prefab from companies with a building division/program will have more pricing certainty.

The Late-Night Homework:
Fourth, don’t be discouraged but also do your homework.  Browse our archives of green prefab and ask lots of questions before you move forward.  Soon we’ll have more resources available for those interested in prefab.

Credits: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

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The 2006 BMW M6: BMW Performance Parts, Aftermarket Parts now available at Parts Train

(PRWEB) June 22, 2005

The all-new M6 features weight-saving technologies such as a carbon-fiber roof and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are almost four pounds lighter than regular cast wheels. With almost 500 horsepower available, BMW claims the M6 will hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds, and it will run to 20 5mph without the traditional 155-mph speed limiter. The suspension, though similar to that of the M5, is specially tuned to take advantage of the M6′s shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity. Massive cross-drilled brakes enable the M6 to pull up from 60 mph in less than 118 feet.

It is the most powerful 6 Series yet to be produced as it shares its power unit with the recently released M5. Acceleration is from 0-100 km/h comes in 4.6 seconds and the M6 reaches 200 km/h about 14 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h. It has a 5-litre V10 engine with a power output of 373 kW at 7 750 r/min, while torque is 520 Nm at 6 100 r/min. In city driving where not much power is needed, the BMW M6 automatically sets off in its comfort-oriented P400 performance program with 296 kW (400 bhp) engine output. The V10 power unit requires roughly twice as much cooling air as the V8 in the BMW 645Ci. The V10 is indeed the most demanding engine in technical terms. BMW

Facebook Contest Winner Arlen Nunez Wins a $500 4 Wheel Parts Promo Card

Compton, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2011

Congratulations to Arlen Nunez, the January 2011 winner of the 4 Wheel Parts Facebook Dream Upgrade Contest. 4 Wheels Parts, America’s largest distributor of off-road parts for trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs, recently asked their Facebook fans to post pictures of their vehicles, as well as their number one upgrade wish and why they deserve to win. Arlen Nunez was randomly chosen as the final of the three contest winners and she received a $ 500 promo card that will be used towards a dream upgrade for her husband’s truck.

Beginning on the 15th of November, 2010 and continuing for 3 months, 4 Wheels Parts randomly picked and notified the Dream Upgrade Contest winners. Then, the lucky winners were asked to write a few paragraphs for the 4 Wheel Parts blog describing their vehicles, the upgrades, what they would do with the $ 500 promo card, and how it will improve their vehicles/daily lives. Since the contest started last October, over 12,000 Facebook users have friended 4 Wheel Parts.

Arlen Nunez is the last of the three winners of the $ 500 promo card Dream Upgrade Contest on Facebook. She won the contest on behalf of her husband, a family man who works hard and drives harder when off-roading. Mr. Nunez, a self-proclaimed truck lover, enjoys the great feeling that comes with navigating the challenging obstacles so often found when off-roading. He has already upgraded his V8 Toyota Tundra with a Pro Comp 6” lift kit, 20” XD Hoss rims with 33” Nitto tires, and Fab Fours front and rear bumpers. Mr. Nunez already knows what the $ 500 promo card is going to: a set of Pro Comp coil overs.

When asked about the 4 Wheel Parts store and website, Mr. Nunez said, “I think that both the store and the website are great places for the off-road enthusiast and offer great help and service when it comes to making a decision.”

Later in the month of February, 4 Wheels Parts will host its first Truck & Jeep Fest event of 2011 at the San Mateo Expo Center in San Mateo, CA. This event will be followed by 8 more across the nation this year, including Hawaii. Visitors of Jeep & Truck Fest 2011 can experience over 100,000 square feet of custom trucks and Jeeps on exhibit. Manufacturers will be on-site with product demonstrations and over $ 100,000 in aftermarket off road products. Visitors can expect to find some of the lowest prices of the year, special hourly promotional pricing, and installations up to 50% off. There will also be hourly giveaways and several visitors will win free prizes.

Truck & Jeep Fest 2011 Events:

Feb 26-27

Truck & Jeep Fest Raffle Winner Ed Baker Receives $1000 Shopping Spree at 4 Wheel Parts

Compton, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2011

Congratulations to Ed Baker, the winner of the Truck & Jeep Fest $ 1000 Shopping Spree Raffle held by 4 Wheel Parts, America’s largest distributor of off-road parts and aftermarket parts for Jeeps, trucks, and SUVs. Ed Baker, from Thousand Oaks, California, was chosen by raffle at 2010’s last Truck & Jeep Fest sales event.

From February to August 2011, 4 Wheel Parts will have a minimum of one Truck & Jeep Fest sales event each month. Special sales and amazing show pricing will be available at event locations, online at 4WheelParts.com, and also at more than 50 4 Wheel Parts stores throughout the United States.

Truck & Jeep Fest is a free admission event. Attendees can experience over 100,000 square feet of custom trucks and Jeeps on display. Manufacturers will be on-site with product demonstrations and over $ 100,000 in inventory. Attendees can expect to find some of the lowest prices of the year with factory direct pricing, hourly promotional pricing, and up to 50% off installations. There will be hourly giveaways and some attendees will win free prizes.

2011 Truck & Jeep Fest Events:

Feb 26-27

Nationwide Sale on Off-Road Parts and Accessories

Compton, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2011

4 Wheel Parts, the leading distributor of off-road parts for trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs, will hold its annual Endless Summer Sale on Saturday, August 13. Store hours will be extended to 9am-5pm just for this event. The sale will feature discounts on popular off-road parts and accessories, installation services, and financing, plus freebies, mail-in rebates, and other promotions. All 4 Wheel Parts retail stores except those located in Northern Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa) will participate in the sale.

The retailer has already announced special deals on suspension systems, shocks, winch accessories, axle assemblies, exhaust products, and lubricants. Participating manufacturers include Rancho, Bilstein, Smittybilt, Pro Comp, MBRP, Lucas Oil Products, and Bestop. Enthusiasts who visit a participating store on August 13 will also have access to exclusive, unadvertised discounts and hourly product specials. Custom trucks and Jeeps will be on display as well.

Consumers can access coupons and learn more about Endless Summer Sale deals at 4WheelParts.com/EndlessSummer or in the August, 2011 edition of Off-Road Adventures magazine.

4 Wheel Parts stores hold events throughout the year to bring off-road enthusiasts together and provide savings opportunities on the parts and equipment they need. These in-store events complement the company?s larger Truck & Jeep Fest series, which features manufacturer booths in a convention-style format. The next Truck & Jeep Fest will be held on August 20-21 at the Orlando Orange County Center in Orlanda, Fla. For more information on Truck & Jeep Fest, visit 4WheelParts.com

4 Wheel Parts also gives back to customers online and through social media sites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, such as 4WheelPartsBlog.com and Team4WheelParts.com. The 4 Wheel Parts YouTube Channel is a great place to see 4 Wheel Parts event coverage, thorough product reviews, and how-to installation videos.

About 4 Wheel Parts: 4 Wheel Parts is celebrating 50 years as the leading truck and Jeep accessory superstore. The company is America?s largest distributor of off-road parts for trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, and ATVs, including: atv winches, tonneau covers, fender flares, shock absorbers and lift kits. Visit 4WheelParts.com to learn more.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. (PRWEB) May 30, 2003 -

The Speciality Elastomers Business of Milliken Chemical, a division of Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., U.S.A., today announced the introduction of a new line of antimicrobial heat-cured rubber compounds that can help solve cleaning challenges in food-processing, packaging, medical, industrial, and other applications prone to microbial growth. Called Elastoguard(R), these patented antimicrobial elastomers provide an effective way to control, if not halt, the growth of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts on rubber parts, while avoiding challenges that organic biocides have posed in the past.

Rubber parts can be particularly vulnerable to attack by bacteria and fungi because their chemical constituents provide an ideal source of nutrients that support microbial growth. Furthermore, rubber parts are often used in warm, moist environments rich in microorganisms – conditions that are ideal for proliferation of these life forms. This, in turn, can lead to costly cleaning challenges requiring significant equipment downtime and disassembly and premature deterioration of elastomeric components.

To reduce or inhibit microbial growth both within and on the surface of rubber parts, compounders have traditionally blended antimicrobial (AM) additives into elastomers. However, the chemicals used have tended to leach out of the matrix material, so not all areas of a part are protected, and the microbe-suppressing properties diminish over time as the additive migrates away. These chemicals also tend to degrade at elastomeric processing temperatures exceeding 250C, causing them to volatilize and corrode the rubber-molding equipment. Additionally, the presence of such chemicals can contribute an unpleasant taste or odor to the elastomer. Finally, there are growing concerns about the safety of many commonly used organic biocides.

In response to this problem, Milliken Speciality Elastomers has developed the patented Elastoguard family of antimicrobial rubber compounds. These elastomers have demonstrated excellent control of microbial growth – both incremental and long-term, and on the surface as well as inside the treated material – even after repeated surface abrasion and washing. In fact, performance is enhanced over time by usage and by other actions that occasionally scuff up the surface of the part, exposing more of the silver-based antimicrobial agent used in the new materials.

The new and patented biocide used in Elastoguard compounds – Antimicrobial Alphasan(R) silver-sodium-zirconium-phosphate (silver-NZP) ion-exchange resin – permeates the entire rubber part, so it provides skin-to-core protection without the zones of inhibition and non-inhibition common with organic biocides. The silver-based AM agent is non-leaching, so parts achieve much more thorough and long-term protection than is offered by organic biocides. It is also extremely heat stable (>800C) and works by slowly releasing silver ions (Ag+), which are exchanged for other common, positively charged ions readily available in the surrounding environment. Scientists theorize that the silver is absorbed by the microbes (along with other essential ions), where it begins to interrupt formation of vital enzymes used in energy production, causing the microorganism to quickly lose its ability to grow and reproduce. Unlike antibiotics and certain organic biocides, silver’s mechanism of action against microbes is very non-specific, making it extremely difficult and rare for microorganisms to develop resistance.

While highly effective as a biocide, silver-NZP is considered safe, non-irritating, non-toxic, and requires no special handling. Once vulcanized, the silver antimicrobial is encapsulated in the rubber matrix. It has attained numerous regulatory registrations around the world for contact with food and potable water and for use in medical devices. Silver itself has a long history of use as a biocide and today is used in numerous medical treatments. It has been used for millennia for eating utensils, cups, jewelry, and other decorative and functional devices that are safe for human contact.

The silver biocide is odorless, extremely insoluble, and neither flammable, explosive, nor corrosive. It does not impart an additional taste or smell to rubber and does not affect the color stability of the molded part, so it can be used in white or light-colored compounds. Furthermore, the silver-based biocide is not sensitive to heat or shear, so it can be used in elastomers formulated for a variety of processes without concern. Finally, this technology provides both antifungal as well as antibacterial properties to finished parts – a versatility that is rarely found among traditional antibacterial compounds.

Elastoguard antimicrobial heat-cured rubber compounds are now commercially available from Milliken Chemical in standard formulations ranging from natural rubber through workhorse EPDM and NBR grades, to high-performance fluoroelastomers, in Shore A hardness ranges from 40 to 90. Within these product families, the compounds are offered in a variety of presentations (forms), including slabs, strips, calendared sheet, granulated/pelletized, and preformed into specific shapes. Within each presentation offering, the compounds can further be produced in various thicknesses and sizes for customer convenience. The compounds can also be formulated for molding (compression, transfer, injection), continuous extrusion (LCM, UHF (where allowable)), autoclave and hot air, or for coatings. The only formulation challenge encountered to date was avoiding sulfur-based curing agents and accelerators, because sulfur complexes with the silver, rendering it ineffective as a biocide. This was overcome by switching to peroxide curing agents, a change that provides additional benefits including: