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Fact, fiction or opinion: In writing and evaluating reports, I am often faced with determining whether something is fact or fiction, or just an opinion. Some "facts," like my "grits come from grit...
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My house has been below 30% RH for over a week now. A couple gaps have opened in my hickory floor, but nothing in the oak floors.
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This blog will explore simple moisture content changes of individual S4S RO boards and how that would be related to changes in shape and how that could be related to cupping. But first…
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We are going to start deconstructing some of the variables related to cupping and what many people believe are the causes of cupping.
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Here's a question related to my fellow blogger Howard Brickman's last post about what causes cupping:
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The official topic of this blog will be an excruciating discussion of the term "cupping" for your consideration. But first…
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Friday, December 2, 2011, 9 a.m. in Clemson, S.C.: Conditions in my house were 65 degrees F and 34% RH. It's Dec. 2 (not even winter yet), South Carolina (classified as a warm, humid climate) and my...
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Anyone roller skate these days?
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Some inspections just break my heart. This was a nice old historic home that was being restored. Old furniture was moved out to allow for plaster repair and re-painting, but the piano was simply...
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Wood shrinks and swells when it loses and gains moisture content (MC). For example, if a piece of 2¼" wide plainsawn red oak flooring were to decrease in MC from 8% to 5%, the net change in MC...
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