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Old 04-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #4591
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Keith, ...great job of reading 'jangeleze', and then as further 'proof'...having completion! But..in all fairness..does not the 'grille frontal portion', look like the rear of a '58 Cadillac "Biaritz"..rear panel! And I have a "scoggy'..stupid question..'why is there so much ..Stainless Steel..available to the 'public'..what happened to create a 'depression' in the SS market..that 'they' can build fridges, BBQs, et al..out of it?
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Well, as I'm pretty certain you already know Syd, there are many different types of stainless steel. Basically, as long as the steel mix has more than something over 10% chrome in the mix and low carbon content, it can be considered to be stainless. But there are so many different kinds it boggles the mind.
Some are magnetic, some not. And some are definitely far more "stainless" than others. No stainless steel is actually stain free, although some come pretty close.
There was an artificially induced general steel shortage a few years ago, which immediately had the effect of jacking up the price. You can ask the oil companies how that works - any old excuse and up goes the price of gas.
Since then the price has come back down to civilized levels, thus returning the cost of stainless steel (the lower grades anyway) to nearly affordable levels.
Please note that appliances and such use about the lowest grade possible, which keeps the cost within reason. The fact is that if you take the actual weight of the stainless in a BBQ such as this, it is very low. Compare the cost of regular steel to stainless in this quantity and the real difference is almost nothing.
Add to that the fact that the Chinese have lower production costs for steel than just about anywhere else (I don't know anywhere that has a lower cost) and it becomes easier to understand why stainless has become more popular.
With popularity comes increased demand, which makes for higher production, which decreases the cost even further.

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Oh my! I had to go all the way to page two to find this thread. So I thought about bumping it back up to the first page, but decided not to do that.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:55 PM   #4593
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Oh my! I had to go all the way to page two to find this thread. So I thought about bumping it back up to the first page, but decided not to do that.
Well, no, of course not.

Believe it or else, I have been getting some work done on the house, so even though I don't really have anything in the way of pictures, I'll give you a quick update.

Desperately trying to get the big bedroom all done out upstairs. There must still be a ton of wood and heaven only knows what up there. The past couple of days were spent laboriously applying polyurethane to the cedar in the room. Oh boy, but there is an awful lot of that! I went through two gallons so far, and still have not even finished the first coat on everything. Plus the fact that I have to go up to 14 feet high to reach the top wood doesn't speed things up any. But it's finally coming together and starting to look pretty good.

So, next trip to town I'll need more poly for a second coat on everything.

And there was a piece of the roof tower that had never managed to get siding on it before. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. I got that sided yesterday and one coat of stain on today.

Once our election is done, I won't be needing to spend so much time arguing with all the clowns who don't know who to vote for. I already voted in the advance poll. Fortunately it was a flat water day. Since then it has been windy as all get-out, and cold too. Coldest and longest winter period in 70 years according to the local university. I believe it.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:07 AM   #4594
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It's good to know you're making progress. I can't remember the last time we've had such a cold, wet spring either.

Are you applying the varnish with a roller? It sounds like an awfully big job. Do you sand between coats? I can't imagine doing that, but I was just wondering.
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It's good to know you're making progress. I can't remember the last time we've had such a cold, wet spring either.

Are you applying the varnish with a roller? It sounds like an awfully big job. Do you sand between coats? I can't imagine doing that, but I was just wondering.
It's not varnish this time...it's polyurethane. And I don't think a roller would work, so it's a brush...and a fairly small one at that. No sanding between. Even I'm not that much of a masochist!

You have to take your time and cover every narrow board carefully, otherwise I think it would look pretty blotchy. The second coat should do the job, I hope. Really don't want to have to apply three. Not only would it take too long, but jack the cost up as well. Looks like it will be taking about three gallons per coat in the big bedroom, and maybe 1 gallon per coat in the guest room.

Then there is still the stairway down to do, and some of the lower wall sections. But it's getting there.
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Storms in Chatanooga?
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Jim isn't replying to emails so far. I'm going to send another one now and let you know if I hear anything back.
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I know one tornado tore up a town twenty miles from Chatanooga but haven't heard about Chatanooga proper.
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Barb mentioned in an email to me yesterday that apparently Chattanooga was hit pretty hard. I haven't had time to check it out yet, but if I have no reply from Jim by tomorrow morning I will make the time.
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Channel 12 in Chatanooga (just now) is reporting 70,000 homes still without power in the Chatanooga region. Probably that's the problem. They aren't saying home many of those homes are there to use the power if they had it.
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We finally got power back on tonight at 10PM, it has been an interesting week to say the least. We had an F4 tornado set down a block from our house and it really tore up a lot of homes, businesses, cars, trees and everything else in it's path. We had huge trees falling all around our home but none hit ours but they did several of our neighbors.

A lot of tornadoes around, Ringgold GA just down the road really got torn up they are still searching for bodies there. They were hit with an F4 but it was wider and stayed on the ground longer than it did here.

We appreciate your concern, it is great to have such great friends, thanks gang.
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Jim...many thanks for the good news. Nobody likes to hear of this much devastation anywhere, but especially when your friends are possibly involved.

Chat more tomorrow.
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I am glad you are safe from the storm and I did read in French news { I get serveral news realted to this story about the tornades { French spelling for tornados }

And heard someone mention to me almost all the tornades were F3 and larger. in that area.

{ Sure we do get tornade in France but not very often }

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I am glad you are safe from the storm and I did read in French news { I get serveral news realted to this story about the tornades { French spelling for tornados }

And heard someone mention to me almost all the tornades were F3 and larger. in that area.

{ Sure we do get tornade in France but not very often }

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Glad to hear you guys are safe.
The unfortunate thing is...
You missed THE WEDDING on TV.
I'm sure you can buy a CD of it.

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