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It's that time of year. They're starting to play those freakin' songs everywhere, and if you're lucky, it's even snowing now and then. You know what that means: It's time to go hunt down unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. There's about three ways you can go: the funky boxer shorts with the candy canes on them, a gift card, or a present that they're actually going to use.
Even though PVC is cheap, it's still nice to find some for free every now and then. When you're bending PVC for business, you really don't want to cut corners on your craftsmanship. In today's weird economy, however, it really does help to cut costs somewhere. Sometimes, a little boost is all it takes to keep your business afloat. Even if you're riding high on the greasy hog, it still doesn't hurt to find a little something for nothing. Don't worry, your good friend craigslist.org just may be able to come to the rescue.
Underslab work is demanding. Not only do you have to compete for space with rebar and/or remesh, but you've got to get it perfect the first time. When you say you're done, everything you just did is going to be permanently cased in concrete, and from there, a mistake is a disaster. Add on to that the fact that you're going to have a concrete crew working right on top of your work, and you've got more than a little cause for concern.
The average retail cost of a single PVC pipe fitting is about $2.00, but the price for certain bend fittings can run up over $40.00. Obviously, if you're only going to do one project with PVC, you might as well go buy some bends. For people who work with PVC every day, like electrical contractors, doing your own bending can save you and your clients thousands, if not millions of dollars. There's another cost to consider as well: the appearance of the finished product. While appearance is not the most important for certain applications, like electrical conduit that is hidden by drywall, there are other times when it is vital.
We'll be at the Maker Faire in New York City this September 17th and 18th!
If you're going to be in the tri-state area, you NEED to be at the Maker Faire. This is a collection of some of the nation's best creative talents. From robotics to food and everything in between, this is an event you don't want to miss. There will be thousands of Makers and thousands by the dozens of visitors. If you can, think of it as the Technological Burning Man.
(Please excuse the gratuitous capitalization – I like this subject.)
I love to garden, but here in Colorado, the radical shifts in weather, dry climate and strange cycle of seasons can be somewhat limiting. The dryness of the air can sap moisture right from plant leaves, and the hail can leave beautiful plants looking like Bonnie and Clyde when the law finally caught up with them. Surprise frosts can show up as late as July and as early as, well, July. On the opposite end, daytime temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees in the summer. We sometimes have 80-degree shifts in temperature in less than 24 hours.
As the inventor of PVC Bendit, you can imagine I have some pretty strong opinions regarding this topic. But the simple truth is, during the 18 months I spent developing this tool, I bent a serious amount of PVC. During this time, I found exactly what works, what fails, and what the best practices are. This experience allows me to comment on the topic with a certain degree of authority.