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14536Re: Alternative snap decks

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  • kiltie_celt
    Dec 24, 2012
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      Of course I went and looked and found out that the Xtracycle deck is made from 100% recycled HDPE and comes with the attachment hooks (which I already own). I wonder if worse case scenario, Xtracycle would sell one of those decks minus the clips for a discount?

      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "kiltie_celt" <kiltie_celt@...> wrote:
      > Seems like my posts are all about the alternatives these days. Anyway, I purchased a piece of 3/8" Baltic Birch plywood which I used to make a snap deck along with a couple running boards. Total cost for the plywood was I think about $17 or something for a 2'x4' piece. I stained my boards and was in the process of applying the finish when a thought struck me. Why didn't I look into just using plastic lumber - you know, the stuff made out of recycling milk jugs? I turns out you can get the stuff in 3/4" thick by up to 10" or 12" wide, perfect size for making a deck and maybe some running boards and no concern ever about it falling apart due to the elements.
      > I know Xtracycle makes one of their decks out of some kind of HDPE material, but I don't know if it's made from the recycled stuff. Anyway, so now I'm surfing around trying to find a way to buy a single piece of this 3/4"x10"(or 12"), so that I can craft a worry-free deck. The thing is, I will probably have to end up buying a whole piece that is something like 12 feet long which will give me WAY more than I'll need for what I'm doing. What is the likelihood that anyone else might be interested in buying some of this stuff off of me to make your own enviro-friendly super long life snap decks/running boards? Just throwing it out there.
      > My only real issue is that the 3/4" stuff is really probably thicker than is necessary and certainly way heavier than wood. I'm also toying with the idea of trying to get a thinner material and attaching some slats with stringers underneath to hold it together, thus shaving some of the weight. Of course if I'd only thought of this earlier on before I started stinking up the apartment with all the staining and finishing of the Baltic Birch boards.
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