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Offline antss

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2017, 05:04 PM »
It will be interesting because the Depot's website lists lumber as : 2 in. x 4 in. x 96 in.  - which of course it's not.

I'm not sure what the in store tags say though.

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2017, 05:52 PM »
Same thing.  They don't have all the other dimensions like Lowes does now.

Offline Gregor

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2017, 04:33 AM »
Having something named by the dimensions of a raw product and then selling the processed version (that has different dimensions) with the same name is just a source of confusion. You might be doing it for 150 years but it's still a bad idea.

I must say that I'm happy to live in the metric system where there is no such confusion about sizing.

Might be that lumber here is available in seemingly strange sizes for you imperial guys (saw-raw beams are 10x10cm, planed ones are 9.7x9.7cm) , but it has the upside that when I stack x units of y sized lumber I end up with a something measuring x*y (within reasonable tolerances) instead of the x*y-x*1/2" in your approach.

Also our sawmills seem to be able to produce less waste when it comes to planing, ours only shave off 1.5mm per face while yours seem to need remove 7mm for the same operation [wink] (I know, the real reason is that your sawmills replaced the technical reasons with business ones over the course of the 150 years since there is extra profit in delivering everything 1cm undersized in every dimension).

Offline Alex

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2017, 06:11 AM »
Well, in Dutch DIY stores you can by no means be sure you actually get the size mentioned on the sticker.

I was putting up drywall the other day and had a few packs of 44x44 mm lumber around so we started out with that. Then we got some more 44 x 44 mm packs from the store which turned out to be 41 x 42 while it clearly said 44x44 on the package. I ended up having to put custom made shims of 3 mm everywhere behind it.

It is very irritating. They should always put the proper size on the package.

Online Paul G

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2017, 07:51 AM »
It'll return to the old days when you didn't select your own stuff.  You told a guy at the counter what you wanted, and he wrote a ticket, someone else picked it while you paid the cashier and you just paid whatever the price was.   There was not comparison shopping.

I can remember a few places that didn't sell to "Joe Public" .  No account , no sale ! 

And no visa, mastercard or paypal either.

Those dealers around here either changed or lost out to those who changed and went out of business.

Offline Deke

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2017, 04:25 PM »
I bought some bead board at Home Depot this weekend and it was listed as 6" wide, when it was actually 5 1/2"! On top of that, the part that ends up exposed (minus the tongue and groove) is even less. Call it 5". I'm calling my lawyer! [smile]

Then again, there was this amazing device that helped me sort this out. I take it to the store every time, but even if I forget it, I can grab one there. It is called a "tape measure." Then I apply this thing called "math", specifically division and multiplication, to figure out what I need. If I am not mistaken, this "math" thing is available at elementary schools nationwide.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: This lawsuit takes the cake
« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2017, 04:43 PM »
Math. It's available yes, but there is no guarantee that the student will acquire or retain any of it when they leave, let alone know how to apply it to real life.

I'm really OK with that. It's what keeps us older folks employed since a significant portion of the  younger generation can't read, spell, or do simple math.

They have no trouble spewing out 140 character strings of misspelled words though in their tweets though.
« Last Edit: October 10, 2017, 04:46 PM by Bob D. »
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