The wife forbid me to make the kitchen cabinets so she dragged me to
Lowes. The kitchen guy there was telling me that the stuff the
cabinets are made of is very different than regular particle board
they used to use. He told me he was at a sales demo and they took a
piece of the new stuff and placed it submerged in water for a full day
with no sign of absorbtion. Any comments from anyone ???
I would want a sample of that to try soaking it myself. If it is made of
compressed sawdust I don't see how the wood part would not soak up water and
swell up as any decent compressed wood would do. Unless it is completely
impregnated with some hardened plastic resin.
I've seen reference to a green colored water resistant and a black
waterproof on a UK site. Whether they're available in the US and whether
that's a through-coloring or just surface coloring I have no idea. Nor do
I know what standards of "resistant" and "proof" were applied.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I've been hearing stories of borg salesmen making claims of total
immersion proof particle board for years now.
a lot of what I do for a living involves building and installing
kitchen cabinets in residential remodels. a lot of the time what I'm
tearing out is borg crap. I've never seen any of it that showed signs
of being particularly water resistant.
you'd think that waterproof particleboard would be such a good thing
that it would quickly overtake the sheet goods industry.
my assumption is that the borg sales drones are simply lying.
As an FYI
Medex is -quite- water resistant. I've had a 2' x 2' piece of this
material out in the weather since last summer. Hasn't swelled up more than
a few thousands of an inch at any time. That's .003 for you math nuts.
About the size of a human hair. The GC I was doing work for said it was
waterproof and I had to experiment with it. He was hapy to hear that he was
correct. We were using it for high pressure laminates for kitchens. It did
warp some though, after a fashion. Wasn't immediate.
On another note...the new "Wheatboard" swelled up to twice its size
in practically no time at all.
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