How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?


If you want it affordable, you're going to have to dig around. Up north in Washington, the majority of dimensional material is Doug Fir, but if you dig through the piles, other species do show up. Spruce in particular may fit your bill, it's very light, and has less pitch than Doug Fir. Boards in each lot will be stamped with a code that typically includes the drying method (KD for Kiln Dried) and species (Doug F, SYP, Hem, etc).

So if you are really attached to using dimensional lumber, go ahead and dig through the stacks. Spruce, Common Pine, Hemlock, and Southern Yellow Pine should all work fine for you, if you can find them.

The difference between Douglas Fir and stuff like Southern Yellow Pine in practice is fairly minimal. Even if the wood "feels" wetter or dryer, it's all going to move. Any dimensional lumber will have a good chance to exhibit checking, curling, and splitting. Pick your pieces carefully at the store, and either build it quickly with some heavy...

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The finish color is dependent on two things...the stain, and the substrate (well, and some other variables as well...such as application method, length of time before you wipe it, how many coats, etc.). You can't use one stain on two substrates and expect a match anymore than you would expect finding a match with two different stains on one piece of wood.

So, I think the best you can do is stain one using the stain you want, then get scrap wood of the other material and start a trial-and-error process looking for a stain that will result in the match you want.

Alternatively, use the same species of wood for both parts, or consider going for a purposeful contrast between the two...

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I bought an unfinished kitchen set and had previously painted it white. We decided after a year that we wanted a bit of a different look. So, we decided we wanted the contrast of a natural or stained table top while leaving the rest of the piece white. I figured I'd just sand the top down and then decide on a stain color followed by 5 or 6 coats of polyurethane.

I've put some serious effort into sanding the table-top. From a distance, it looks good. But as you get close, you can see the white specs dotted throughout the table.

I figured just more sanding would do the trick. After about another 40 minutes of sanding w/ an electric sander w/ 60 grit paper, the good majority of the dots are still there. I guess i didn't figure that the wood was so porous.

The gentleman at my local hardware store pointed me toward a paint stripper called Zip Strip and said to scrape and steel wool after I apply that.

Before I crack open the bottle of the stripper, I wanted...

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UPDATE, November 9, 2016: Recreational marijuana was legalized in four states during the 2016 election.

I'm not saying that I moved to LA from New York specifically for the weed but, it was definitely one of the major contributing factors -- like top three.

Sure, that sounds wild but you need to understand one thing: Smoking weed in NYC isn't just garbage, it is straight trash!

Living there for ten years and blazing for the past seven of them, I've learned that life in the concrete jungle is not a sustainable environment for stoners at all.

Everyone is always uptight about it and judging by the looks people have given me while lighting up the street, you might as well be hitting a crack pipe.

(But for real, don't do that.)

Other factors, like the journey it takes just to meet your dealer or having neighbors who complain about the smell, are nothing compared to when it's winter and you're forced to smoke outside in arctic temperatures....

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I have made the below changes in package.json file.

"dependencies": { "@angular/animations": "4.1.3", "@angular/common": "4.4.6", "@angular/compiler": "4.4.6", "@angular/compiler-cli": "2.4.8", "@angular/core": "4.4.6", "@angular/forms": "4.4.6", "@angular/http": "4.4.6", "@angular/platform-browser": "4.4.6", "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "4.4.6", "@angular/platform-server": "4.4.6", "@angular/router": "4.4.6", "@ionic/storage": "2.0.0", "cordova-plugin-console": "1.0.5", "cordova-plugin-device": "1.1.4", "cordova-plugin-splashscreen": "~4.0.1", "cordova-plugin-statusbar": "2.2.1", "cordova-plugin-whitelist": "1.3.1", "ionic-angular": "2.2.0", "ionic-native": "2.4.1", "ionic-plugin-keyboard": "~2.2.1", "ionic-tooltips": "^2.0.0", "ionicons": "3.0.0", "rxjs": "^5.4.2", "sw-toolbox": "3.4.0", "typescript": "2.4.0", "zone.js": "0.7.2" }

Changes in rxjs and typescript...

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On November 8, 2016, Proposition 64 was approved by California voters, making recreational marijuana legal for adults age 21 and over. The new law, dubbed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA for short), designates state agencies to license and regulate cannabis, imposes taxes at both the cultivation and retail level, and allows for local regulation and taxation of cannabis, among other things.

But now that recreational pot is legal in California, can you just buy marijuana from any dispensary, or do you still need a medical marijuana card in CA to actually make purchases?

The short answer is no. Recreational shops won’t start serving anyone until at least January, 2018, though it could take up to a year before you can legally walk into a recreational dispensary. Until then, you’ll still need a doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis.

This brings up A LOT of questions for medical marijuana patients and recreational users alike. We’ve updated this...

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If you have a Canadian driver's licence, you will need to exchange it for a Californian version. Before you exchange your license, you will need a Social Security Number (SSN). If you have a car and are driving, you technically need to have a California license within 10 days of arriving, but there is no way to apply for a license without a SSN, which will put you over the 10 day limit (be careful when driving past the limit!)

The California exchange procedure:

Book an appointment with the DMV for a license exchange. Arrive at the DMV with your SSN, identification, and old license. After some paperwork, you will take the written exam. Assuming you pass, you will be given a temporary license. Unfortunately, you now have to do a road test, but Californian road tests are easy! Call the DMV to schedule. Do your road test. Wait for your new licence in the mail!

You need to provide a car for the road test. If you don't own a car, try to borrow a friend's (ensure that they...

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California is the stuff of dreams.

My guess is you either sighed in longing or rolled your eyes in annoyance at the above statement–either way, bear with me.

How many times have you heard someone talk of “running away to California,” and how many songs have been written about doing just that? (I can name like, ten; I listened to all of them on the drive from Florida to California.)

Even its name bears the remnants of fantasy. It’s been said the name comes from an old 16th-century Spanish novel in which there exists a mythical island called California, where Amazon women dwell and gold is the only metal that exists.

And then there are the real historical facts: people fled to California for the Gold Rush, then during the Great Depression, and then during the Dust Bowl, all hoping to strike it rich, or at least hoping for a life better than the one they left behind (and anyone who’s ever read...

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I understand the 200-pound load requirement for guardrail posts. But all the testing seems to have been done with 2x8 joists, southern pine components, and a 36-inch-high 4x4 railing post. Does changing the size or wood species of the joists or posts affect code compliance if you're using the new post reinforcing hardware?

A.Andy Engel, editor of PDB, replies: This is a complicated question with no short answer (see "Code-Compliant Guardrail Posts"). The concept of requiring hardware to reinforce the railing post attachment springs from research done at Virginia Tech by Joseph Loferski and Frank Woeste. They tested common post connections using 2x8 joists and a 36-inch-high 4x4 post, both of southern pine ("Strong Rail-Post Connections for Wooden Decks," JLC, February 2005; All the lag-screwed and bolted connections failed to meet even half the 200-pound load requirement once the standard safety factor of 250 percent for preconstruction load...

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I have a '28 12B sedan in good, usable original condition. I have a couple of questions, and I have some things to add about the articles on file about making frame rails.

First, I have the correct NorthEast distributor in my car, although the coil is Model A. There is a little play in the dist shaft, and I can't seem to find new points. I have a new cap, wires, rotor and capacitor. I set the points to spec. There is a small spot of spalling of the pot metal on the distributor. I wish to drive this car rather than worship it, so should I worry that the distributor might fall apart while driving? I have a Delco unit I could put on, but I'd rather leave the NE unit in place if it still has a service life.

Second, I can't seem to get the carb adjusted properly. It runs too rich, that is, black spots on the driveway from the tailpipe if it idles there too long, and surging. I have tried to...

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