I like the damp rag around the 5-in-1 for tidying up complicated joints.
Well, aside from "actual" vs. "nominal" positions debated here, and the talk of greedy lawyers, maybe we should dig a bit deeper. HD & Lowe's are the obvious deep pockets and most efficient defendents here, but the real culprits behind the confusion are the sawmills.
As greed is discussed, why not consider the greed of the mills who actively sell the mislabeled products in the first place? The very nature of "nominal" means that something isn't really what it claims to be, and this is the crux -- common knowledge is one thing that happens to be a passive or even happen-chance activity, whereas a planned and ongoing mislabeling for the sake of profit is another "active" activity that speaks to a much higher level of will and knowledge.
For example, if this minor mislabeling is so trivial to anyone who knows anything, then why won't the mills correctly label their products? Why do they burden the consumers with keeping up with their lazy and changing ways? Could it be because they would then have to sell each stick for 87.5% of what they currently fetch? Oh yeah, that would be a 12.5% drop in revenue. Of course, that loss could be offset by a 12.5% increase in the retail price, but that would not be very popular with the consumers.
Lastly, I for one am very irritated with this industry practice because not so long ago, 2x4's measured 1-5/8" x 3-5/8" and currently measure out to the nearest .5". Plywoods are even worse in terms of the frequency of their magic shrinking properties. In the end, the shrinking lumber is also decreasing in quality, so these combined effects mean that we need to revisit more structural tables/calculations/situations and this all costs real money that we must pass along to our clients.
Clearly, the idiocy of the actual vs. nominal reality of the products has been ignored by the manufacturers -- their message to the rest of us is "too bad, suck it up." Sometimes it takes a lawsuit to establish that the wink & a nod for a product is no good, that it needs to end.
It would be helpful to learn of the specifics behind the judge's decision. It also would be interesting to find out if SawStop infringed any patents from the above referenced heavy mill machines that utilize similar technologies....LOL. That would be a perfect irony: SawStop getting sued for infringement.
PVC seems like a cool material, but it has serious health concerns:
1) It is very environmentally hazardous on the manufacturing end for the workers and for the communities surrounding the PVC plants.
2) It is highly toxic when it combusts, because it releases massive amounts of sulphuric acid vapors, which is why many State Fire Marshals have co-authored a position letter to this effect, which was sent to developers and architects so as to discourage its inclusion in projects.
Yes, this bums me out because it is so easy to work with and to achieve great results with all at a cheap cost, but this is one of those cases where something almost seems too good to be true and probably isn't.
Since most of a pier system's value comes from the "skin friction" of the pier in contact with undisturbed soil, I would want an engineer's approval before proceeding with this solution. I can see it working on a shorter pier, but how "short" would depend on the project's specific loads and the soil/site conditions.
Besides, all that extra diameter excavation and then replacement plus compaction comes at quite a cost. Depending on the size of the piers, it could easily become the difference between a small/moderate sized drill rig and a large rig (even if one is planning on using a post-hole digger), which is very costly AND can become impossible if the site has limited/challenging access issues.
That is slick! Granted, one has to go find and purchase the dry ice, but I have seen this kind of situation.
Brilliant solution. One improvement might be to make the fixed sample piece's backstop/frame be pivotable/hinged at the "wall" corner. This would allow for accurate scribing to walls that aren't 90 degrees.
I like this! Springing from this idea, I wonder if strips or sheets of newspaper/butcher paper would accomplish the same thing. Peel-Away (non-solvent based stripper) uses this idea w/ their products, which need to stay in contact w/ the chemicals for 24 hrs.
Of course, the stripper manufacturers would never want us to discover that this encapsulation would slow their products' evaporation, and thereby increase its effectiveness because we would use less product....
Fortunately, I haven't had a stripping job in years ... and hopefully it will be years before the next once comes along, so I haven't tested this idea yet.
This is a great tip. I wonder if it would work for popcorn and other applied textures. There is that darn paint over the texture issue....
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