Ideally the ends and holes should be treated, but in normal use sill plates
shouldn't be exposed to moisture anyway. I install a plastic sill sealer
which not only seals the small gaps between the sill and concrete, but acts
as a moisture barrier as well. Even without the sill sealer, the point of
contact is usually the flat treated surfaces, not the ends. Not to mention,
the sill should be covered and protected by the sheathing and siding anyway
and shouldn't be exposed to moisture in normal use. If moisture does get
in, you're more likely to have rotted siding and/or floor joists.
For vertical applications such as deck posts where the cut end is the
contact point, I like to use metal post bases that elevate the wood off the
foundation an inch or so (and allow good anchoring for the post). I usually
put my cut end on top, so the factory treated end is on the bottom.
Pressure treated lumber comes with different exposure ratings, depending on
it's intended use. The color only reflects the chemicals used to treat the
Around here the brown "Wolmanized" lumber is only surface treated for light
outdoor use on decks and that sort of thing.
Pressure treated wood should be "rated for ground contact" if you're going
to use it for sill plates or burying it in the ground (i.e. fence posts).
You have to read the tags on the lumber to be sure, but generally the
ground contact lumber has evenly spaced holes or perforations where the
treatment is injected deeper into the wood.
Yep ... and "best practices" extend to much more than one issue alone.
Use of a sill seal is _most_ important in sill plates ... and that,
along with using AWPA U1 "certified for the purpose" material makes
cutting painted ends a non issue for most residential framing purposes
where PT is required by code.
I suspect that a majority of the equipment is donated. The building
could be out of his pocket and or investors pockets. OR his wife's
pockets, She is seen often on one of the major TV news networks. She is
probably more recognized on TC than he is on his blog.
Did you notice the size of his back yard???? And the forever cinder
block fence/wall around the compound???
Timing is everything ... just ask Brian G. hereabouts. :)
Marc was apparently mentored heavily by David J. Marks ... while that
kind of clout behind you, along with an obvious talent in woodworking
and promoting your endeavors in a personable way, won't guarantee
success, there can indeed be "riches in niches", providing you get in on
the ground floor.
At this point, and IMNSHO, there are just too damn many of these
woodworking podcasts, and they are getting more ho hum as a result (and
I specifically exclude Brian from that remark as the obvious
intelligence he brings to the party sets him apart from the many).
There are a lot of so called experts doing their pod casts, hell many of
them are on TV. Including the easy to forget his name guy that insisted
on calling his SCMS a radial arm saw. Something Johnson IIRC.
Agreed, Bryan brings a different angle, more of a "Shop Notes" type of
pod cast vs. a relatively new to wood working person trying to teach.
On Monday, November 5, 2012 10:05:57 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
I never thought of my show that way (Shopnotes), but I can see where you're
I'm open to suggestions if anyone has them. Less talking - more explanation -
more project related shows - shave more often - lose a few pounds...
Yea, I'm not a fan, I think his work is just ok.. not great.
I used to think David Marks was pretty good when I could catch him.
I only saw about 5 or 6 of his episodes.
Mark is just well spoken... but mostly too many words.. not enough talent.
On 11/5/2012 9:23 AM, Swingman wrote:
Let's see, someone who is figured out a way of making money doing
something he loves to do and that's wrong? (the Money Whisper title
to the email). I don't know Marc other then through
his podcasts, but he's still around and keeps doing them. Must
I suspect that the shop was funded
through his company and therefore a capital expense.
Everyone thought that Norm used too many large power tools, but
people turned in to the show every week. Marc's prowess with
furniture building is growing. The neat thing is that he comes
across like a regular guy. I saw him in person a couple of
weeks ago and he just seemed to be just like one of us.
I wish Marc all the luck. He's understood that the Internet is
where it's at. Not TV. In my area, there is no PBS station out
of 4, that show "Rough Cut" anymore.
Save that whine for your ceramics class, pink boy. The only thing
"that's wrong" is your reading comprehension and the fact you don't
know an"email" from a Usenet post.
Let me guess, an Obama voter right?
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