Fairfax, VA, US
If you are opposed (as I am) to this regulation being passed (which it hasn't), then register your opposition (as I have) at regulations.gov. as soon as possible. Type in Docket #: CPSC
-2011-0074 to search engine and register your comment . Otherwise your opposition is falling on deaf ears as far as future implementation is concerned.
Sound or vibration damping many times involves the use of material that can significantly affect the way heat energy is transferred within a dwelling. For example, while fiber-batt insulation can used as an excellent sound dampening material, it can also significantly effect heat conduction through interior wall cavities. In terms of thermal comfort, this can have an undesired sensory effect in terms of "peace" within a home.
So, how do you systematically mitigate the risk of creating unwanted comfort zones within a building envelope when using this type of sound dampening material? In other words, are you conditioning each thermally isolated second floor room in your example above with independent energy controls?
This is a great tip for maximizing shop resources, but should note that you'd want to invert the natural curve of the filter into the funnel lest you flush prior use airborne contaminants into your finish or solvents.
In my opinion the Festool track saws/MFT3 table combination put the nail in the coffin for the RAS. Anyone still working with a RAS is someone who simply prefers to live with a dangerous dinosaur that takes up a lot of otherwise valuable space.
I primarily use the SW Pro-classic 100% acrylic for most trim work, windows and doors and the SW Chem-Aqua for custom casework and cabinetry. All of our casework finishes are sprayed with HVLP equipment. I find airless throws out too much paint even with a FF tip for this type of work. It is okay for flat trim and doors however. The Pro classic brushes okay as well, but there is nothing like a spraying for getting a quick, factory finish. Thus, I rarely use a brush for trim.
I find the downsides of new generation water based finishes are that they are best suited for spray equipment (I'm fine with that as a custom remodeler, but production home painters are usually not willing to invest in expensive spray equipment for their crews) and lack of a true high gloss finish (at least I've yet to find one rival high gloss oil) which is/was more easily obtained with oil based finishes. I've had suppliers tell me the best way to get a high gloss finish with water based enamels is to top coat with water based high gloss clear coat; basically finish like an automobile. Seems like that would work but be problematic for touch up and repairs. Luckily, most of my customers are satisfied with a good quality semi-gloss factory finish with contrasting walls in a flat or eggshell finish.
The upside for current waterbased finishes are quick curing speed, sandability, durability, environmental friendliness, and easy clean up.
Lastly, lower VOC requirements means water based finishes are here to stay; so we might as well tool up and get used to it. Also paint prices have skyrocketed over the last 10 years. It doesn't seem like all that long ago that I was buying pro-classic for $19.10 a gallon. My guess is that this is a result of R&D costs for VOC compliance and enhanced performance demands. I'd like to see more competition bring the price down, but I'm not holding my breath over it. For now, increased costs have to be passed on to the customer.
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