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FHB has some regular features (Tips & Techniques, What's the Difference) where this change ought to be discussed.
Maybe this is my ignorance showing ... I have never even hung house wrap ... but just how much better are the fancy fasteners at holding the housewrap on?
Then, once you have the siding up, wouldn't the nails that hold the siding also hold the wrap? At that point, I can't see where the fasteners used on the wrap matter at all.
So, maybe FHB could get together with DuPont for a little Q&A on this point. I'd sure like to know the whole story.
I have the original version of this, the Triton "Superjaws."
Mine has certainly worked well when I've used it - which hasn't been quite as often as I had expected.
80 lbs? Either that figure is off by about 60 lbs, or I'm a whole lot stronger than I think I am. For a vise, it's amazingly lightweight.
Not being much of a TV watcher, I'm not sure if I've ever seen any ads for either this, or the various multi-master tools. I certainly haven't seen any of the extended 'infomercials,' so I'll have to take your word for it.
Instead, I learned of the vise at a tool house's "Open House," where the Bosch rep was using one to hold his workpiece.
As vises go ... well, the job site isn't a machine shop. The stuff we want to hold is larger, we don't need a gazillion tons of pressure, surface marring is a concern ... and the ground is uneven. All of which suggests that this Austrailian design is on the right track ... including the tripod legs.
I have problems with these 'quick-fix' ideas on two fronts.
The first is that I have an issue with the very idea of government (especially the Federal Governemnt) becoming involved in the matter at all. I do not find authority for such involvement in the Constitution, and I believe the 'market' is better than any program in seeing that every dollar is spent in the most effective manner.
The other front is the very concept that more caulk is better. It wasn't that long ago when Jimmy Carter wanted us to make our homes airtight; the result was a flurry of rot and mold issues a few years later. It seems all that air leakage was doing some good after all.
Cleaning up after a recent, minor flood revealed all manner of tiny pockets where water had accumulated. It doesn't take but a drop of water to get mildew started - and these little pockets had no deliberate path to exit. As it was, the ordinary pattern of air circulation led to great differences in how quickly sections of an open room dried out.
I suspect that the greatest cause of wasted energy is simply the lack of feedback and accountability. I have seen all manner of folks radically change their behavior when they started getting their own heating bill. Naturally, this option is limited by 'economies' in the construction of buildings; there are plent of massive apartment buildings where all the heat is controlled by one thermostat in the boiler room. Changing that won't be easy - or cheap.
Finally, often overlooked is the damage that caulk can cause. If you ever have to remove that caulk - say, to repair the siding or replace a window - caulk can greatly increase the damage caused. Breaking things is not very 'green' in my book.
We shold note that Jimmy Carter learned about building houses after four years of giving advice. I suggest that the sequence ought to be reversed .... and government halls, even building departments, are seriously lacking in folks who have ever actually built anything.
First, I am critical of the assumption that the vent-free models are producing CO. Proper combustion would have them producing CO2 ... a much safer gas.
You can be sure that these products, and especially ones with a UL lable, have had the Co issue thoroughly evaluated. In the case of UL, you can be sure various tests were actually performed, simulating a variety of fault conditions. I'm not worried about their safety.
What I am worried about - what 3-1/2 years of living in a camper taught me - is another product of combustion: water. Burning gas (natural or propane) creates an enormous amount of water. That water has to go somewhere.
So, I think the idea of using 'vent free' in a tightly sealed place is a mistake. Now, if your place is like mine, where a strong wind moves the drapes even when the windows are closed, then you have enough leakage for the appliance to work. Of course, the water probably condenses inside the insulation, making the fiberglass nice and soggy- but that's another topic.
For occasional heat, or even decorative use as a fireplace, I believe there is a role for ventless appliances. I thing they are great for cabins, workshops, and storage lockers. For permanant heating of continuously occupied places, I'd use something else.
Please note that these flanges will NOT accept pipe from either direction. If you look closely, you will see that the flange was installed into an over-sized hole, to allow the 'stub' portion to recess into the board.
In a sense, you have to attach the flange to the board in a 'backwards' fashion.
I believe FWW shoed a similar arrangement, only using MDF. In that example, the hole was small enough that the pipe nipple itself was able to cut it's own threads into the MDF.
It's amazing that Fein was able to "stretch" their patent to 25 years- this means they got anywhere from 8-15 years in the market than they had any right to expect.
I'd hold off on condemning the 'no-name throw-away' versions. Following comments in "Breaktime," the Harbor Freight is doing well, while the Dremel is going down in flames. Another thread has many speaking of their positive experiences with such tools.
I see some aggressive marketing being done for cordless models; I'd hold off on those though - even Fein is hesitant to say that theirs is any good. Cordless just doesnt seem to have the power or run time, from what I hear.
I do think it's time for FHB to do an article on the various tools, including the Harbor Freight model. There should also be mention in the article as to whether the tools accept the 'standard' Fein blades.
I'm also wondering what, if any, accessoried have been developed for these tools.
This is not an argument against this proposed standard, as much as it is a request for more information.
I weary of continuing 'sky is falling' hype, of which formaldehyde compounds are one target. Yet, this article seems to say that there is no evidence to suggest that the existing standards are too hign, or that there have been injuries that these new standards would avert.
Nor are we informed as to what alternatives there might be, or who is actually using the formaldehyde products. Is this, perhaps, an indirect way to ban imports from competitors of the KCMA? Otherwise, lowereing the amounts of something you do NOT use is no improvement at all!
We might be putting ourselves in a position where the biggest source of formaldehydes in a kitchen might be ... cooking. Will we ban that next?
Finally, what of the alternatives? Do any of them have the 'decades of study' that formaldehyde has? How do we know that the cures are not worse than the disease? After all, we have seen that happen before.
I can't speak directly on this topic. I've only used the multi-master, and I have nothing else to compare with it.
Still, it's a question that needs asking. When the price for a tool varies by as much as a factor of 10, "value" has a place in the decision - as does the uses.
That is, my standards are higher for a tool I use all day, every day, as opposed to something I'll use once in a blue moon. Were you to look in my truck, you'd find both some 'pro grade' as well as some 'cheap import.' If i did different work the mix would be different.
"Proprietary" is a two-edged sword when it comes to tools. For example, my reciprocating was rated as 'best,' but some after-market accessories won't fit it. That can be an issue, especially with multi-use tools, or tools with parts that wear out.
Oh, yea ... all in favor of mushrooms growing on the house, rodents burrowing, insects nesting, and termites having an orgasm at just the thought ... let's hear it for bark!
Be fun to paint later on, too. The term 'sponge' comes to mind ... and I'd hate to try to patch or caulk it.
Finally ... as so well being demonstrated this very moment from Southern California to British Columbia ... let's make it even easier for the house to catch fire!
Finally, do you think the 'nature nazis' that obstruct logging will agree to harvesting bark? Not likely.
Please spare me the passionate rant about "if only one life is saved," etc. That sort of cant can be used to justify anything, and ignores the unintended consequences - consequences that result in more lives being lost.
For example, the higher cost (even if it's "only" a couple thousnd) will ensure that many more folks will continue to live in ancient, inadequate housing, that unlicensed contractors will prosper, and reduce respect for ALL codes.
A sincere as sprinkler proponents are about their concerns, you can be sure they won't want to give up their monopoly and let just any plumber instal them. Oh, no ... they will want to 'engineer' each specific job, tack on a 'maintenance agreement,' etc. As for flushing them with the household water and using ordinary PEX fittings - lots of luck!
There's also the 'more is better' issue. That is, I see no attempt made to aim this requirement at those specific places that are either more likely to have fires (kitchens) or have fires resulting in loss of life (trailers).
Are sprinklers effective? Well, ask your insurance agent: exactly how much will you save if you sprinkler your house? Compare that to what yuo would save in heating bills if you upgrade your insulation. As I see it, that's the payback period sprinklers have to meet.
Ironically, once they have that payback, you won't need codes to get them installed. Let the market work.
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