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Iowa 80 Truck Stop

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Have you ever wondered, “Where is the world’s largest truck stop”? If you’re not a trucker, you probably haven’t. But at Rocking O Construction, we have built several truck stops and travel plazas across Oklahoma, so we are very interested in this type of commercial construction and contracting. Anyway, the world’s largest truck stop title is currently claimed by Iowa 80, located on Interstate 80, Exit 284, just outside of Walcott, Iowa. You may not expect Iowa to be the location of such a large and well-built truck stop, but the state is a major crossroads for shipping within the industry.

Iowa 80 was originally opened in 1964, which means that it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. It has been added on to and re-modeled several times over the years by different contractors; it was not all built overnight or at any one time. Iowa 80 is a major destination for both truck drivers and tourists alike, as well as families that just happen to be out on the road and in need of a place to get gas, grab a quick bite to eat, or use the restroom facilities.

Iowa 80 has more than 50,000 items available for sale in the store and serves more than 5,000 patrons each day. This is a lot for a commercial business built in the country alongside a freeway! The truck stop also serves 2 million cups of coffee each year, and an average of 53 tons of beef and 58 tons of pork each year. More than 18 million eggs have been served over the past 5 decades, and the truck stop itself has received more than 64 million visitors to the main building, which is currently almost 100,000 square feet, and may be added on to at some point, if new construction ever takes place at the world’s largest truck stop in the future.

If you’re ever in the Walcott area, a visit to Iowa 80 is a quick and (potentially) inexpensive option that you might as well add to your agenda. The building itself is quite impressive to us, because we work in the commercial construction field and build truck stops on a regular basis along the highways of Oklahoma between Dallas and Tulsa, as well as other places.

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Getting Rid of That Ugly Ceiling

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Many homes built across the nation and in Oklahoma from the 1950’s to 1980’s were finished out with what many people refer to as “popcorn” or “cottage cheese” ceilings. You know what we mean – that extremely ugly texture on your ceiling that gives your home an extremely out-of-date appearance. This is a trend that, while still used some in the 1990’s, has fortunately gone out of style. However, many homeowners are now stuck with ugly ceilings. However, there is hope. You don’t have to move or burn the house down, because popcorn ceilings are removable – for a price.

The process is tedious and messy, but a popcorn ceiling can be removed by wetting the ceiling surface and then simply scraping the texture off with a trowel or putty knife. This process may sound simple, but it will require moving all of the furniture out of the room and putting down tarps to prevent the mess from getting to your carpet. Though it is far from pleasant, it can be done by the average Joe, without hiring a residential construction company.

If your home was built before 1979, it is important to note that it likely contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos usage in popcorn ceilings was banned in the United States under the Clean Air Act of 1978, so it wasn’t used after that point. But for older homes, this can make the removal of that ugly ceiling quite complicated. You may want to at least consult a licensed professional or hire a bonded construction company to ensure that the removal is done correctly, without contaminating your home.

Though it requires a lot of work, getting rid of your ugly popcorn ceiling can greatly improve the resale value of your home. If you hire a contractor or construction company to do the work for you, the process will be pain-free on your part; you just have to put up with the mess in your home for a short time while the job is being done. Getting rid of an ugly textured ceiling is always worth the cost involved, especially if you are looking to sell your home for top dollar. Prospective buyers who enter your home will immediately begin factoring in removal costs if they see that you still have an ugly popcorn ceiling. People simply do not like these ceilings and prefer their ceilings to be the same texture as the walls of the room.

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