Fire Factor 2011 – MU Residential Life

A short documentary showcasing the 11th annual Fire Factor event, featuring the room burn and other activities.

Project Producers: Aaron Mack, Daniel Posey
Graphic Designer: Aaron Mack
Sound Editor: Daniel Posey
Music Editor: Aaron Mack
Edited By: Aaron Mack, Daniel Posey
Directed By: Daniel Posey
Directors of Photography: Daniel Posey, Laura Mazuch, LeeAnn Elias
Executive Producers: Laura Mazuch, Jill Fox

How to Use the Solver Tool in Excel

In this tutorial, I introduce you to the powerful SOLVER Tool in Excel, Solver is an “Add-in” program in Excel. It is easy to “activate” as I demonstrate in this video.

The “Keys” to understanding how to effectively use SOLVER are:
1) Determine the “Target Cell” – which will return the result that you want SOLVER to produce. This cell MUST contain a FORMULA!

2) The “By Changing cells” that SOLVER will work with – These cells MUST feed into the TARGET CELL!

3) The CONSTRAINTS that you establish for SOLVER to observe as it finds a solution.

I think that you will enjoy my explanation of how to use this powerful and complex tool to generate the “real world” results that you are looking for in Excel.

Danny Rocks
The Company Rocks

“Shades of Gray” – How to make a countertop out of concrete in Glen Rose, Tx

August 2011 Job of the Month

Some of you may think the home in this project looks a lot like the one in the previous job of the month, and you would be completely right! Our Glen Rose, Tx homewoners loved what we did with their floors and wanted us to show them we knew how to make a countertop for them. Of course, concrete was the material of choice. They loved the neutral look of a natural gray countertop so after a little hiccup at the start (see below) we went right to work building a mold on the cabinets they had installed after we had finished acid staining their floors.

The first day of our how to make a countertop out of concrete project started off on the wrong foot as we got a short spell of rain the day before we arrived. Usually no big deal but the only access to the house was over a long and narrow dirt trail. I tried to get my little station wagon up there but didn’t get too far, it went axle deep in the first four feet and almost didn’t come out (Thank goodness we had the Ford F350 around). Even that one was a nail bitter as it was loaded with two thousand pounds of cement. My guy pointed the nose down the trail, gunned it, and painted my car from bumper to bumper with a thick, smelly, goopy layer of mud. Ahh.., in the end it was worth it, he got all the way up the hill and saved us having to unload and hump a ton of cement about a quarter mile to the job site.

After that, things went smoother and we got down to business. We started by creating a sturdy base for our molds using cement board. We cut it to size and screwed it into place. Next in our how to make a countertop project was to install the edges around the perimeter of the mold. We wrapped it up by dropping the undermount sink back into place, caulking everything so that the wet cement wouldn’t get out, and doing a quick pass with a vacuum cleaner. Of course, it wasn’t quite this easy, it took us about three days to get there as we had six separate countertops to build out.

The final steps in our how to make a countertop out of concrete project was to mix up the cement, pour it in, pack it along the edges, level it, trowel it to smooth it out, and seal it with a water based polyurethane sealer. Viola!, The countertops came out spectacular. Concrete countertops with their richly varied finishes create a beautiful and truly unique centerpiece for any kitchen, bathroom or exterior area.

Thank you for watching our video and if you need any more information about decorative concrete projects in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area, please don’t hesitate in contacting us at info at, 940.594.9257, or visit us at

#38.9 – Sculpted Mahogany Vanity – Part 9 – Shaping the Integral Handles

I’ve been kinda quiet about the handles on this bathroom vanity. No better way to keep your stuff safe than leaving the handles off!

The funny gash down the middle of the frontmost panel is actually room for integral handles shaped from the panel itself. For some reason, I like furnishings with almost hidden handles or at least handles that don’t look like they could handle the drawer. In the case of this vanity, the handles try to follow the sculpted pattern.

This whole project is a bit of an exploration and I like how these came out.

Next episodes will cover reinforcing the handles, applying the fronts, and wet-sanding the whole thing. Getting there, slowly… knowing my luck, I’ll finish right when the energizing cooler weather arrives 🙂

Caught In Motion | Save Your Breath | Live Acoustic | Union Square

Caught In Motion – Save Your Breath

Week 2 of 10 weeks, 10 songs, 10 acoustic live takeaway shows, 10 acoustic covers – all free

Director of Photography:Justin Gallagher
Sound by: Kyle Lesley

Banah WInn: Guitar Vocals
Graham Roggli: Percussion
Aaron Joseph: Accordion, vocals
Dan Fabriacant: Sousaphone

Special thanks to all our friends, and the bus of French tourists that joined us for the song.

-We ran into Union Square san Francisco, the iriony of the place is that you’re not allowed to play music there unless hired. So we just went for it and finished the song just before getting kicked out. Can you hear the security guard yelling?

Downsound, there was a blues band sound-checking on a stage behind us. Can you hear them playing blues licks?