Michael, I use OSB everywhere in my huge shop. Skim coat with drywall compound is extremely fast and you save lots of money on paint. My guess is that it takes about 3 times as much paint to do nude OSB.
The secret is buying sanded, maple, or birch ply.
There is no way to make a rough surface look good.
It's like how to I take a piece of crap and turn it into gold... you
just can't do it.
OSB is an awful material in my opinion. It rots real quickly, it
doesn't hold nails or screws real well.
It's been misused by builders over and over. My slate floor was laid on
top of it... The builder was an idiot.
And that's how I feel about it... :-)
Considering it is used for sheathing and is glued up wafers... you would
think it does well outdoors. But I have found it rots fast, blows up
when water gets into it... (considering it's mostly glue I don't
understand that).... Also I think the sun will cause it to fail if not
treated. I can't be sure, but I have seen OSB turn black and just flake
away, my suspicion was sun and heat.. but it could have been for other
reasons... I'm not sure... so I don't consider it a good outdoor wood,
On Friday, April 11, 2014 7:22:06 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
uld just use a decent ply.
It was going to side my solar wood kiln, so maybe the heat inside (polycarb
onate surface plus painted black inside) makes the material even less desir
able if heat affects its structural properties. I'm going to put the kiln b
ehind the garage where it's not going to be seen very often, but I still do
n't like the look of painted OSB even back there. My materials list calls f
or 5 sheets of 4x8, so I'm looking at an additional cost of about $50.00 if
I use good plywood.
Anything will rot when it stays wet. Wood building material aren't
supposed to stay wet.
I'm curious, when's the last time you used it?
I have it in my shop and it holds screws great! Especially those Spax
screws designed for particle board.
In my opinion, no ply product holds nails well and they shouldn't be
used when screws are available.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Well the house was built in 87 and that's the OSB I've primarily worked
with and been frustrated with. Although I have a few sheets of OSB in
the basement, that I am waiting to use on some garbage project. I got it
for $1 and figured if I ever need a shipping crate it would be the tkt.
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