Tips and Numbers from my old files

In Spring of 2003, a deck builder stated to me that, here in Chattanooga, a cheap treated pine deck would cost $10 per square foot and a good one (structurally good, not necessarily fancy), would cost $15. I would multiply those numbers by 1.5 today to account for inflation and the rise in materials prices after the discontinuation of arsenic-treated lumber. Obviously, the synthetic deck materials would add to that.

We were preparing a 100 year old heart pine floor for refinishing and it was accidentally inundated with water. We were in a hurry to get it dry and sanded, so we called in the floor crew a bit prematurely. They tested the moisture content of the floor upon arrival. It was at 15%. They said that it would probably curl down after sanding, once it had dried. (It seemed to me that it would actually curl up) Anyway, they were told to proceed, and as of a few weeks later, I could discern no deformation of the floor.

Journals about building and remodeling that I have found helpful through the years: Tech Directions, Residential Architect, Remodeling, Professional Builder, Kitchen and Bath Design, Journal of Light Construction, Design Line, Design Build Business, Custom Home, and Builder Magazine.

7/16″ OSB hit $15 per sheet here in 2003, early in the Iraq war.

Flat stain has no sealer in it.

FRP (stucco) Concentrate must be mixed with sand and is for a one coat application. When FRP is to have texture applied on top, a special primer must be applied first.

Thresholds are generally made of oak or ash due to the tensile properties of these woods across their grains. When placing a threshold, the goal is for the other floor material not to be seen when the door is closed.