I have been through a few home remodels and have always chosen Pella or Anderson wood clad windows. Not sure if it was worth it as we moved every five years or so. I am at it again, but wood windows have gotten so expensive. I plan on staying here at least 10 years (but life doesn't always go as planned). Everyone is pushing vinyl, but I just can't accept the idea. What do you think of the Marvin essentials and elevate lines? Essentials are fiberglass in and out, while elevate are wood clad on the inside. It seems to me that fiberglass should hold up much better than vinyl and resist warping...Would it be worth extra cost?
My boat is 20 years old and in overall good condition. But the white gel coat no longer shines. When I wash it, I have to really work to get off the black spots, and when I use a wax on it, it doesn't get that new boat shine. I have tried several cleaners and none of them have restored the shine.
I have read that you can use a buffer and compound and spend a day or two sweating to get it shiny again, but is there any "REAL" benefit to making it shine again? Is my boat going to deteriorate if I just wash and wax my dull hull for the next few years? I imagine compounds remove oxidation and some of the outer layers of gel coat which isn't ideal either. I could care less if my boat is shiny, I just don't want to be causing harm to the hull.
What say you?
I took my daughter for a spin in the bed of the truck. (driveway only) She's now complaining of itchy legs.
Is there a chance that the composite bed gave her fiberglass splinters? Has anyone else experienced this?
50 cal AA 25 FMSWA
Bow AA 50 LD 25
Combat Rifle AA E 250 DRWR
Grognak’s Axe AA SS 1 Agility
Laser Pistol AA 33 vats 15 vcf
Laser Pistol AA 25 50 DRWA
Laser Rifle AA 25 250 DRWR
Pump Shotgun AA 25 50 DRWA
Sheepsquatch Staff AA SS 1 E
Tenderizer AA SS
I just wanted to post something that will not matter to anyone else here. I'm ecstatic about it though, so you get to hear about it. I absolutely shattered my right ankle in a car accident 15 years ago when I was 25 and living on Oahu. Since then, that ankle has been absolute garbage with hardly any range of motion and near constant pain. Lucky thing I'm goofy foot so at least my back leg is still decent and I have been able to keep surfing (although very clumsily). I have been like a donkey in the water ever since. I was told that I was not a candidate for ankle replacement both because I was too young and my talus bone was too damaged from avascular necrosis to be able to attach an artificial ankle to it.
Apparently, fate looked down on my recently-divorced, nearly-40-years-old, crippled ass and decided I had gimped along long enough this year. I started hearing rumors about people in my condition who got custom 3D printed talus bone replacements that allowed them to get the full ankle replacement. So, I made an appointment to talk to an orthopedic specialist.
The good news is that he has done talus bone replacements before and is willing to work with me toward finally getting my ankle replaced. We're moving forward with an initial surgery to remove all the old screws and plates on May 10th and then we will be looking at doing the full ankle replacement in November. I'm going to be able to surf with a brand new ankle that doesn't hurt every damned time I make a drop.
I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. Anyone here who has dealt with any long-term injuries will know what I am talking about. Who knows? Maybe the best surfing of my life will be in my 40s. There's a lot of life left. I feel pretty damned good.
Hey everyone, I've been trying to think of alternate methods of building wings, as that seems to be the part of the build that takes people the most time and money. I recently had the idea of hot wiring foam into the airfoil shape and covering it in fiberglass. I'd put two tubes of aluminum in the mix for spars. Obviously, I'd run tests on a prototype before trusting my life to it, but I was wondering if anyone has tried this before.
I've watched Peter Stripol do something similar, but with vinyl on the outside and wooden spars. Im thinking fiberglass and aluminum would hold up better. Thanks!
I really want to learn the system and take care of it myself. It's a beautiful little pool, but spending $1k a year on service calls is not something I'm interested in. Anybody have a helpful resource for opening and closing checklists? I'm going to be paying for a pool service to do it right the first time, but I'd like to take over.
We're building a home with a pool in the Chelan, WA area. Our home builder is subcontracting it out to get a pool installed. I've never done this before, so would love feedback from the community.
I understand there will be some variance in pricing based on local labor conditions and contractors need to run a viable business. All contractor info has been redacted.
We've already cutback on the wet deck and are awaiting a new quote without that.
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Update: it is fiberglass
Wondering if anyone here has ever installed a fiberglass pool before? Debating whether to install it ourselves to save some money or just hire a company. In the process of getting some quotes, but if you can give a ballpark of what you paid, that would be helpful! Cheers
I have a 68 Baja bug and the shifter might need work but the videos I see show an access plate that you can remove to get to the shift rod which isn't available on a Baja due to there being no hole on the fiber glass nose. Any ideas on how to get that out another way?
I am working on building a small 12' sailing catamaran (think Hobie wave). I am running into a wall on the fiberglass weights. I can't seem to find much information for what is required from a small boat, but not a canoe. I want to spend the money and do this right with West Epoxy.
Canoes and Kayaks seem to need one layer of 8oz cloth. My boat will probably see less bottom scraping and can maybe use a lighter weight, but a sailboat hull will have more force transmitted through it between the daggerboards and sail.
What does your experience say? 10 oz? 12 oz? two layers of 6 oz?
Note for clarification: This is a plywood stitch and glue hull. Probably using 1/4" plywood and needing enough strength to handle an adult or two sitting on the hull and handling all the other forces a hull sees.
I have an 18k gallon IG fiberglass pool. Due to some junk tablets I used last year my CYA skyrocketed. I'm prepping to open the pool and thought I'd test the water before I started. My Chlorine was at 23 by drop test and my CYA was over 100. I'd guess 130ish.
I dropped my cover pump in my deep end and my hose in the shallow end. After running all day, my CYA is around 100. Is this the only way to fix my issue?