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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 10:14 PM

Let’s see, a few comments…....

On the last remodel, the middle one third, one third still to go, the contractor gave up on one wall in put in steel studs, he couldn’t find any wood ones that were usable….......

Mind you, the purchaser of his services technically is my wife and I, but really, it is my wife Sherie. When we were looking at houses in La Conner, Washington, (and we bought one), Sherie would walk into the house and within 30 seconds point out sanding marks on a wood floor over in some corner the the realtor and I would never notice forever, or not for a few months. The realtor had worked a lot of construction in his time, and saw most everything. He couldn’t believe The Hawk (Sherie).

Just be happy Sherie isn’t judging the results. We have a great contractor, and he only works cost plus, so nothing is spared… he used metal studs. He understands Sherie well.

My Multi-Function Bench…....

I culled a bunch of studs at the BORG, knowing I was going to put a bunch of extra wood into this thing for weight and rigidity. Also used a bunch of Chinese plywood for the same reason. Between the studs and the plywood, the cheap materials probably added 20 hours to the project….....not worth it.

So I took the carefull culled studs home, and then culled them again. One out of three were accepted, that’s after culling them at the BORG. Hmmmmm. So I am being more select than you, Rich, because I am using them for an even more exacting project.

There are a few steps that lead to such bad materials I suspect, and I bet there is more than one person in our ranks that can comment on it.

My guess:

Fast growing coarse grained trees.
Inadequate drying and handling processes.
Milling procedures and machines that conserve wood rather than emphasizing quality.

I suspect it will get worse before it gets better…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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