PVC board! I just noticed PVC board at the local hardware store.
Apparently it's solid material. So it can be cut, routed, etc.
It looks very inexpensive compared to some other plastics, for stock.
Do they sell it in dimensions like a 2 x 4? I need at least 1 1/2 inch
thick by at least 3 inches wide.
You mean the Azek and/or Trex and similar composite product at the BORG?
What they carry afaik is decking and trim pieces that are nominal 1X
or 5/4 for decking by various width. The 1X is 3/4" actual and the 5/4
is 1.3" actual thickness.
There are some manufacturers ("PlasticLumber" is one but I've never seen
their product at retail) who do make nominal tuba-X structural
equivalents; not sure about a) whether Trex/Azek do or are limited to
decking and trimboard or b) if they do, the BORGs carry it.
It is solid, yes, it has differing finish porosity and roughness on cut
edges depending on the manufacturer and direction of cut so depends on
what you need as to how suitable it may be for the purpose. It doesn't
have the same solid internal structure as do the stock sheets/bars,
etc., referenced by others that McMaster/etc., are listing which
accounts for the pricing difference.
Since there were no dimensional tolerance specs on it I couldn't say
they didn't meet them, and I had already found a better insulator, and
didn't want to offend the shop foreman who had ordered it for me, so I
just cut some off as though I'd used it and tossed the rest onto the
stock rack. It wasn't as rigid as I had expected based on (mis)using
PVC water pipe and conduit structurally.
Engineering personnel can easily make themselves unwelcome in the
machine shop for many reasons, especially leaving a mess or breaking
things without telling anyone. I had to be very careful in Segway's
shop and patiently tolerant of engineers who messed up mine at Mitre.
The dominant brand of this in the building industry is "Azek". Commonly
available at lumber yards and Home Depot, Lowes. Lower cost competitors
are also on the scene.
Glue-able with PVC pipe cement.
I use several hundreds of board feet of Celtek Expanded PVC board per
month. It's a common material for marine use, and works well for pretty
much anything that must be stable and moisture-proof.
Plus, as Bob indicates, it can be glued with ordinary PVC cement.
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