the stairway #5: beaming with excitement

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 706 days ago 2847 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not a lot to update. The last of the small beams were delivered this afternoon. Total of 750 board feet of material so far.

The contractor that is installing them had a complaint. My 8×8’s are actually 8 inches by 8 inches instead of 7-1/2×7-1/2 that’s industry standard. It is causing him to make special cuts.

Is this really a problem? I gave them what the owner asked for. Owner says he he likes what he has got.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#1 posted 706 days ago

ha ha ha….....You are a dimensional literalist!

What a great surprise for the owner AND the contractor!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 706 days ago

gee monte, always a rebel…lol…the poor carpenter, having to make special cuts…i feel sorry for him…..well…NOT,,,lol…he will get over it… long as the owner is happy with what your bringing to him…i would rather have that 1/2 inch…....the stronger the better…keep up the good work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 706 days ago

Doesn’t sound like a problem to me. They ordered 8×8s and you delivered 8×8s. Can’t wait to see the end result.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 706 days ago

Only for the carpenter that bid the job…

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#5 posted 706 days ago

Know what you mean, I made some 6 X 8 posts for my deck, and had to notch the bottoms to fit into the
6 X 6 post holders. The newer 2 X 4s will not fit into the older holders for quick sawhorses (yes I know I am
that old) I think the sawmill’s ruler keep shrinking. Plywood is getting thinner also, but they have not figured
out a way to make it less than given length.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 706 days ago

How did you order those 8×8’s? 32/4? And which lumberyard did you use? I would like some full dimensional wood also.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#7 posted 706 days ago

Monte makes them…

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 706 days ago

I cut everything myself. It has always annoyed me how Lumber yards screw you on Lumber. So what they order from me is cut and planed to that size. Just my thing I guess.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 703 days ago

Well done Monte. Personally I think it is very deceiving to sell wood that is dimensioned smaller than described, but I have to sympathize a bit with the contractor who is forced to live in the real world like it or not. That of course is not your problem since as an honest man you delivered what was ordered.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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