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  1. GunkHoler

    Rimas is alive

    Because life is suffering.
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    Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    Climbers call that being 'gripped'.
  3. GunkHoler

    Rimas is alive

    Cockroach of the seas indeed.
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    October in the PNW

    I mean, I'm not retired but i managed to score a job that allows me to sleep in a day or two each week, usually Sunday and occasionally Saturday? And it's nice to not be awakened by a blazing sunrise at 6 in the damn morning?
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    October in the PNW

    In other news, October and November are fantastic months. Everything turns crisp, the trees go crazy, growing as fast as they can before it gets cold again, and the brown bits all turn back to green. It gets cold enough to sleep under a proper comforter with your sweetheart, instead of sweating under a sheet, and the sun comes up late enough to enjoy a sane amount of sleeping-in. One of my favorite times of year.
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    October in the PNW

    No. No, no it can't be.... But it's true. And I've been trying to decide if it makes sense to move to Alaska. The worst part is, it's turning me into one of those people who has a grudge against outsiders and new people, making jokes about "Californians" and asking if people grew up here, and lazily believing that it actually matters. Because of course, it doesn't. It's a simple concentration thing - a given percentage of people are the kind of awful, utterly unconscious schmucks who will run their unmuffled generators in a pristine anchorage at sunset, so they can watch Seinfeld reruns. The higher the absolute number of people, the more often you'll be stuck with one of the case ones (or six of them) next door. It's not Californians, it's us Californians, welcome.
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    October in the PNW

    Literally, the rain is the *only thing* keeping this place from turning into another California. Pray for more of it.
  8. GunkHoler

    Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    I wrote the below as you were writing the above, I think - and I think we agree with each other. Screwing hardwoods, with wood screws that have a full-size shank (although it seems this is mostly found in SB fasteners?) is a different ballgame. As others have pointed out, though, on a boat forum that particular ballgame is probably much more relevant than talk about fastener performance in softwoods. Hmmm.... FWIW, I wasn't trying to 'invalidate' what you said, just point out that it doesn't always apply. Guess I came off that way, though. Apologies.
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    Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Well, yes and no. Deck/Construction screws do have a noticable undersizing of the shank, which reduces friction, but in my experience even screws with a shank diameter similar to the thread diameter will still provide good clamping force. I suppose, though, that in a hardwood like teak this could be a bigger issue. I agree that SB wood screws typically have a shank diameter close to their thread(major) diameter - I'm assuming because the softer metal requires a larger diameter for strength. But I have used a lot of SS screws with 'reduced shank' construction. FWIW, Tacoma Screw sells a great selection of square drive SB wood screws, and of course a good SS selection as well.!Fasteners/Screws/Wood-Screws/Material:Silicon-Bronze&ea_d=_1
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    Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    I don't mean to disagree completely, but I... have to disagree completely. I just finished framing out a deck and roof with screws, and have framed a small house with screws (don't ask), so I've had a lot of time to ponder this. While you are correct that the unthreaded portion of a standard screw experiences some friction in the hole, it is easily overcome by the pulling force of the threads. This is even the case when holes are not pre-drilled at all, and a construction screw (usually with a cutting tip) is sunk straight into unprepared wood. Case-in-point: I can drive such a screw through a 2x4 and - presuming the backing material is thick enough - the threads (or the pulling force generated by the rotation of the threads, if you want to get specific) will not only pull(clamp) the 2x4 hard onto the backing material, the threads will actually generate enough 'pull' to actually pull the screw-head (the top of the 'clamp') into the 2x4, or even clean through it. In other words, in standard-grade fir, such a screw will not only exert a significant clamping force on the fibers under the screw-head, but can actually generate enough force to shear them.
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    Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Another method which can be easier, especially in tight spots, is drill the head off. A bit of slightly larger diameter than the shaft of the fastener being drilled will usually self-center in the wrecked recess on top of the old screw, and eventually cut through the bottom of the head, detaching it cleanly from the shaft.
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    Looking forward to the banning of slot head screws in Canada

    Thoughts: 1) Proper framing or trim-framing screws will have a blank (unthreaded) shaft at least as long as the thickness of the material being fastened. This eliminates the requirement for an oversize (aka 'clearance') hole. 2) Screws are arguably overkill for fastening exterior decking. Framing, trim, interior flooring - sure. But for an application where disassembly is inevitable within 10 years, and pullout loads will be minimal, something like a galvanized 10-penny (10d) with a trim head is more than strong enough, faster to set, and much easier to disassemble for re-decking. 3) Torx have the best cam-out resistance of any head on the market today, followed pretty closely by square drives. (Though square drives are still the best for some projects because they are found on a broad range of fasteners, while Torx is still a somewhat 'exotic' head)
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    30 Ft. Solid Cruiser

    Saw a beautiful looking Ranger 33 on CL over there if you're still looking. Assuming no major unlisted defects, it's got the small of a serious bargain (a build out blog by previous owner lists interior upgrades that only some subtly in the pics, but sound pretty nice). I've sworn I'd wait a couple years to upgrade, but I'd this thing were on this coast.... I'd be tempted to break my vow. Good luck in your search and let us know what you settle on.
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    What is this masty little beamer?

    There but for the grace of God go I.
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    Yacht brokerage owner/director earnings?

    Boy, this thread really brought out SA's best, eh? Hoooo-whee.