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Something you don't see much anymore
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Les    Posted 06-02-2004 at 17:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was visiting one of my tree crews today. In fact it was just a couple miles down the road from Miss Aprille's home.
There was a house being built right across the road from where the tree crew was working. It was being built the "old" way: no OSB and no plywood. The guy had 2x8 rough sawn studs and was nailing up rough sawn hemlock boards on the outside of the studs. He said he saved thousands of $$$ by not using plywood.
I've seen some houses going up that even have have OSB carrying timbers. That just doesn't look right to me. But what do I know? I'm no carpenter and have no aspirations in that direction.

screaminghollow    Posted 06-03-2004 at 06:45:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck, just south of Wrightsville PA, a feller has/is building a post and beam house out of tree logs, the old fashioned way. These aren't even squared, there just barked. I can't imagine the difficulty of cutting tennons etc and still getting a tight fit with odd ball round tree trunks. Even in colonial days, they'd square the beams. He is even using a modified wattle and daub method of filling in the walls. I'm also surprised the code folks haven't shut him down.

toolman    Posted 06-02-2004 at 19:20:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
probably alot healthier witout the OSB too.

Les    Posted 06-02-2004 at 19:28:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right, toolman. I never thought about that angle. Friends of ours have twin granddaughters, maybe 4 years old. Along about evening, those girls would get to vomiting. Every day. It was bad. They went to the doctor time after time and finally found out that the trouble was in the chemicals used to bind the wood together in their little bunk beds. Who knows what might be in it. Nasty stuff like formaldehyde. Not good for anybody, especially little kids.
You'd never have to worry about it if you used real lumber, would ya?

toolman    Posted 06-02-2004 at 20:00:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
theres lots more in it than alymers glue les , the stuff made up here anyways, because of the cost i see more of the unplained lumber being used too , a guy was sheating in his roof with it, and old time carpenter was working for him, he laughed said just like the old days when houses were built to become homes,think he meant when familys moved in and made them a home they would last generations, i agreed .

Salmoneye    Posted 06-02-2004 at 18:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rough-cut Hemlock locally is boat-loads cheaper than 'processed' wood (or wood products) from 'away'...

Lasts longer if properly taken care of, and looks better IMHO...

Clod    Posted 06-02-2004 at 18:08:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well,, Id like to post my opinions here.I have plenty..But,,What is OSB? I like solid wood too.You get both walls at the same time if it is thick wood. My house is made of solid steel.It is welded together. the inside only has that thin plywood panel over steel panel. We dont make em like we used tio here.We never did. Anyhow.. I do agree with you sir.The old fashion way was the right way.Most often those old houses were paid for as the family moved in.Things are changeing today though.The house might not outlast the payment book.

OSB is...    Posted 06-02-2004 at 18:36:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
a sheet product that is made by orienting chips of wood in more or less one direction, placing then in a form, adding lots of glue or resin, compressing them under heat causing the glue to melt and permeate the chips, pressing to desired thickness, removing the sheet from the form, trimming it to proper size, cooling it, painting OSB and the thickness, and of course, the manufacturer's name on it and sending it to market.
That was the longest sentence I ever wrote. I'm all tuckered out.
Oriented Strand Board is also known as chip board. It is usually made of poplar and other soft hardwoods.
Hope this helps.

Charles in Maine

Clod    Posted 06-02-2004 at 19:04:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Awww that,,Yes I know now! Wood chips and elmers glue stompped flat!

mud    Posted 06-02-2004 at 19:19:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
osb is nasty stuff in my book. if you have a lot of it to rip it will dry out your throat and make your eyes burn. now that dont sound right does it?
let a splinter from the dam stuff lay up in the palm of your hand overnight. whew- sore. i hate the stuff. and what about the gas it produces in a house fire?

next house i build for the mrs. will be rough cut from sill plate to ridgeboard.


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