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calendar   Thursday - September 30, 2010

Take A Guess

This may be a tough one. Then again, with this crowd, the answer may come up in seconds. Unlike Allan’s “Lost” posts, it’s not an airport, and it’s not at an airport.




This is the birthing room, where we were born. Better than that even; it’s the wumpus rumpus room where we were conceived.


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Ok, in the picture the place is undergoing renovation. That was finished in 2008 I believe. Check out all that lath, ready for new plaster. And all those bricks, which were probably not made by machine. Cool.

Where are we?



On a slightly similar note, or in case the first one is too hard, what’s this gizmo?

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Duh Drew, it’s a thin board with 3 metal plates across it. Well yes, but then what? While I do not have any exact measurements for you, I’m pretty certain the thing is 48” long or a little bit less. And that the metal plates are about 8” wide with the special caveat that their flat ends stick up about 1/8” - 1/4” higher than the face of the center board, which I think is perhaps 3” or 4” wide. The flat ends of the metal plates could be set at a very slight angle as well; more like the dihedral on the wing of an airplane than anything you’d call a V shape. The device has a marvelous and crude name. What is it?

I am sorry to say that this nifty and inexpensive device may be outmoded. I think it has been replaced by an 8” wide X 48” length of 3/8” plywood or directional particle board with a thin bit of lath on both the long outside edges of one of the faces. The new version is cheaper, stronger, works even better, and when used on larger jobs the device is almost always 52” long - even though the lath edging is still exactly 48” long - and it has an additional strip of lath across one of the short sides, 4” away from, and at right angles to, the 2 bits of 48” lath. Cheese Whiz, that’s a total total giveaway of what these devices are used for. But they work great, and solve a problem that has plagued folks for 100 years now. You can purchase the plywood version or make your own, but it does not have the wonderful gross name as the original one.

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