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1. ELIGIBILITY: Giveaways are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, all U.S. Territories and Possessions and all Overseas Military Installations), Canada (excluding residents of the Province of Quebec), and Australia (excluding residents of the State of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of January, 1, 2012, with access to the Internet at all times during the Giveaway Period (as defined below) and subsequent prize-award period (as defined below). All employees of the Promoter, the Sponsor, and of all associated agencies and their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Promoter and Sponsor, collectively referred to as "Giveaway Entities"), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether legally related or not), are ineligible to enter or win the Giveaway. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. Entry in the Giveaway constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules; if you do not accept them, you are not permitted to participate.
2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The Giveaway entry period begins at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT") the day of the post and ends as of 11:59 a.m. EDT on the date indicated in the post (the "Giveaway Period"). Winners will be selected from eligible entries properly submitted during the Giveaway Period.
3. GIVEAWAY ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: Submit a comment to Giveaway post during Giveaway Period. Comments must be relevant, appropriate, and substantive relative to the blog topic at hand, as determined by Style Me Pretty in its sole discretion. Entries are limited to one (1) entry per person, per e-mail address, and per household during the Giveaway Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Promoter.
All registrations must include entrant’s valid email address. The email address provided by online entrants will be the identity of the entrant and, if selected for a prize, the identity of the winner. We expressly reserve the right to disqualify any entries that we believe in good faith are generated by an automated program or via scripts. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Giveaway Rules.
5. SELECTION OF GIVEAWAY WINNER: At the end of the Entry Period, there will be one (1) random drawing in which Prize Winner/Winners (the number of which will be specified in the post) shall be selected from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period by the Promoter, whose decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Giveaway. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Prize Winner/Winners will be notified via e-mail to the e-mail address submitted with his/her entry, within two (2) weeks after the drawing ("Prize Award Period"). If a Giveaway winner fails to respond to the prize notification within the specified ten (10) business days the winner will irrevocably forfeit the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. In the event that a potential Prize Winner is disqualified for any reason, Promoter may, in Promoter’s sole discretion, award the applicable Prize to an alternate potential Prize Winner selected at random from the remaining eligible entries. Any return of Prize notification or prize e-mail as undeliverable will result in forfeiture of any Grand Prize and an alternate potential Grand Prize Winner may, at Promoter’s discretion, be randomly selected from the remaining eligible entries.
6. PRIZES: The number of Prize/prizes and Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each will be indicated in the Giveaway Post with a total ARV of no more than ($499.00) (USD) in the form of a product or gift from the Sponsor. The Prize will be sent from Sponsor directly to recipient. Prize/Prizes will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and is nontransferable. Prize/Prizes are not redeemable for cash and no substitutions are allowed. All taxes are the responsibility of the Prize Winner/Winners. By participating in the Giveaway, entrants waive the right to claim any additional damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, incidental or indirect damages.
7. GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES: An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Giveaway if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Giveaway Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Giveaway is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for 1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner on the contest entry form, 2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind, 3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Giveaway, 4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading any part of this Contest 6) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway.
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Science is a great thing, leading to many discoveries and developments every year in the construction industry. One of the most commonly-used items in outdoor and on-concrete framing is pressure treated lumber. Created by applying pressure and vacuum to a piece of lumber, the process forces preservatives deep into the wood, protecting it from insect damage and rot. But this process also changes some of the key characteristics of the lumber, making it heavier, more corrosive to some metals and tougher to work. In this piece, we'll discuss some common tips and tricks used by professionals around the world to more effectively make use of this awesome product.
Though the exact amount of preservative forced into the wood varies based on recommended use, it does have one effect across the board - increased weight. As the preservative level in the wood increases, so does its weight, requiring additional thought when planning your design. A structure built from standard lumber will weigh less and have lower structural stress than one built of the same dimensional lumber that has been treated. By bearing this in mind, you can prevent potential structural issues in your project.
Another place where weight comes into play is in wear and tear on your crew. Heavier wood means it takes more trips to move into position, because you can carry fewer pieces per trip. If your crew is used to handling untreated lumber, the difference in weight can lead to overcompensating for the weight difference, causing potential safety hazards. As with any kind of construction project, taking a few minutes to run through your safety plan and think through the task at hand can often save time, energy, money and injuries in the long run.
When chromated copper arsenate (CCA) was phased out a few years ago, it was replaced by solutions that were even more copper-heavy. With the increased copper content, the lumber has become more corrosive, creating a serious problem if you use the wrong kind of fasteners or flashing. You'll especially want to avoid using aluminum due to the corrosive interaction while sticking to stainless steel, hot dipped galvanized fasteners and stick to copper or vinyl flashing where it's needed. Another option to consider, where flashing may otherwise be needed, is to use a rubberized membrane over the treated lumber.
Though today's preservative compounds aren't quite as nasty as CCA was, they can still cause significant health issues if you're not careful with how you handle the treated lumber. Cut, drill, and sand lumber in a well-ventilated area while wearing safety glasses and a dust mask. Make sure you wear gloves whenever possible to avoid absorbing the compounds through your skin and wash up well before eating or drinking. Avoid burning treated lumber, even the scraps, as this volatilizes the compounds and makes them easier to absorb through your respiratory system.
Treated lumber also tends to be tougher than untreated wood, requiring a bit more work to get the job done. Carbide-tipped saw blades will help you cut through the preserved wood faster and more easily. Pre-drilling a pilot hole before driving nails or screws will help prevent splits and make for easier going. If you can't put a pilot hole in ahead of time, try using an impact driver to get the fastener driven faster. If you're using a nail gun, plan on cranking up the pressure a bit to ensure it will sink properly.
Before you start applying paint or stain, you need to make sure the wood has dried thoroughly first. If you place a drop of water on the surface and it beads up, it's too damp to work. If it absorbs into the surface, it's ready to go. If you don't take any finishing steps, at least put a clear wood preservative on annually to protect your hard work.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can get a lot out of your treated lumber without sacrificing your productivity. If you're a contractor looking to improve your productivity be sure to download our Commercial LEED Credentialing guide below.
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