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Old 04-25-2017, 01:19 PM   #41
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:22 PM   #42
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That stuff sounds like a 4x8' sheet of plastic cutting board. I'm wondering if it would make durable countertops.

For floors I'd guess that material would transfer heat quite easily. Good if you're going hydronic. Still quite expensive.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:27 PM   #43
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I'm guessing it ain't cheap, and at 43 lb/sheet I'm not too liable to use it if I don't have to.
Finally found the price for 3/4" which I think is what I saw in stores. It's $98 a sheet. 3/4 ply is $28 a sheet. I've no idea what the 1/2 ply weighs but I bet it's more than 43 lbs. Price is the difference for me. The crude math says I need 8 sheets to cover 7 1/2' x 40'. The RE has the back dash and there's the driver's seat but it would still be a minimum of 6 sheets.

I have no idea if my bus is leaking but there was a lot of water under the plywood. It was raining on the drive home and it's rained since then but I haven't seen any leaks on the outside of the skin. The plywood was soggy at best in some spots. Damp would be best case in the driest corner.

I guess it depends on what you are doing in 20 yrs. You're either rebuilding your flooring or taking a nap.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:42 PM   #44
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That stuff sounds like a 4x8' sheet of plastic cutting board. I'm wondering if it would make durable countertops.
I ain't no plastic expert but it kinda felt like that. The googles would know what the cutting boards are made out of.

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Um, how is plastic more thermally conductive than wood? It damn sure it as conductive electrically.
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Plastic is a denser material than wood.

Why is nobody considering marine grade plywood? That's in the same price neighborhood as the plastic sheets.
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:09 PM   #46
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Plastic is a denser material than wood.

Why is nobody considering marine grade plywood? That's in the same price neighborhood as the plastic sheets.
I dunno about that. If it weighs the same, it's the same density.


I have considered it. I used it for countertop underlayment in the past.
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Whatever you use, I'm sure it will work fine for the next 20 to 30 years.

I'm the minimalist, mostly because of this state's odd rules. I have to find a loophole to do just about anything to this "VAN".
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:28 PM   #48
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I'm guessing it ain't cheap, and at 43 lb/sheet I'm not too liable to use it if I don't have to.
So, I'm bored at work,... Sanded pine and OSB don't show a weight on the HD site. Sanded maple/birch in 1/2 in is 50 lbs a sheet. The PVC sheet was 43 lbs. The plastic is less dense than the birch. Granted you aren't using the good stuff for subflooring but is pine 14% lighter than maple/birch?
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:30 PM   #49
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Whatever you use, I'm sure it will work fine for the next 20 to 30 years.

I'm the minimalist, mostly because of this state's odd rules. I have to find a loophole to do just about anything to this "VAN".
You know you can jack up the bus and change the license plate right?
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:43 PM   #50
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I didn't want to fool around using an address in a different state. That adds a lot of confusion if I get stopped. Besides, in this area people get busted for that all the time. It's a tax evasion matter, and my last position was at OR Dept. of Revenue. It likely wouldn't go well for me if I got busted.
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