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Old 25-07-2013, 20:34   #886
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Even when the chinese move to the America's, they're still chinese in attitude.
Saw this today.


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You guys would really have a hayday if you saw the old 2x4 ladder I built more than 20 years ago that's leaning up against my boat. Replaced a lot of steps and braced one side but it's still doing its job.

So, what's wrong with the Chinese ladder?
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So, what's wrong with the Chinese ladder?
Click on the picture (zoom in).
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Old 26-07-2013, 05:30   #888
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Click on the picture (zoom in).
Most likely these folks are Vietnamese, who fought on our side and were invited to join the melting pot. They naturally went into the shrimping industry, which sadly was all but destroyed by the BP oil spill. I still say that ladder was made in the USA by an American, or an American to be. It is not fun to be poor, but it is great just to be alive in the USA.
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When I was young, somebody in my town had one of these. It had two little propellers that stuck out of the back. I used to see them driving it all over town, but I never actually saw them take it in the water.
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Old 26-07-2013, 05:44   #890
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Most likely these folks are Vietnamese, who fought on our side and were invited to join the melting pot. They naturally went into the shrimping industry, which sadly was all but destroyed by the BP oil spill. I still say that ladder was made in the USA by an American, or an American to be. It is not fun to be poor, but it is great just to be alive in the USA.
My hat off to you Fred. I am so glad to find that I am not alone with those thoughts. I have much respect for Vietnamese and Chinese who prevail where most of us Westerners would give up.
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The proverbial brick s*&#t house?
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The proverbial brick s*&#t house?



Awesome! The ferro guys will be stoked, brick boats will be the new thing...
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Wow, I have done a lot of mason work. Should use my skills to start building brick sheet houses
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Even when the chinese move to the America's, they're still chinese in attitude.
Saw this today.


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If you squint your eyes to little slits it looks ok.....
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You guys would really have a hayday if you saw the old 2x4 ladder I built more than 20 years ago that's leaning up against my boat. Replaced a lot of steps and braced one side but it's still doing its job.

So, what's wrong with the Chinese ladder?
Like my favourite hammer that's lasted me for 25 years. Only had to replace the head 4 times, and the handle every 3 or 4 years...
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Re: Nautical Oddities

I lived at the Marina in Port Townsend for 5 years (basically lived in the boatyard)...I don't think of ladders like that as being an "oddity" actually common place (though have seen some a bit more spindly. OSHA would have a field day in a boatyard....so many OSHA violations their brains would go into overload.....regulations regulations everywhere.....
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I lived at the Marina in Port Townsend for 5 years (basically lived in the boatyard)...I don't think of ladders like that as being an "oddity" actually common place (though have seen some a bit more spindly.
Hi Wolfenzee
Did you notice that the left stringer had almost completely dislocated at the join in the photo that Delmarrey posted? I have seen plenty of dodgy ladders in marinas, but not one quite so bad before!!!

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Hi Wolfenzee
Did you notice that the left stringer had almost completely dislocated at the join in the photo that Delmarrey posted? I have seen plenty of dodgy ladders in marinas, but not one quite so bad before!!!

I have enlarged it here:
Thanks for the enlargement. Now its clear what has folks a bit troubled. That's the way mine was until I put another brace on it. They could use some duct tape there for a temp repair and it'd be good for another couple of years. Those guys are light. Won't be a problem.

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Don't knock the Chinese building methods. When we were in China, I watched two guys build a bamboo scaffolding around the outside of a 10 story building. A truck drove up full of bamboo poles about 20' long. Each guy had a bundle of flexible bamboo ties at his waist. In less than a day, with just the poles and the ties, they have one entire side of the building covered in the scaffolding. Not too sure I would have wanted to work on it, but it was pretty amazing watching them put it together.
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Greatest scaffolding engineers I've ever seen. Their system of tying one pole to another is a family/trade secret that I'd certainly like to learn.

It probably is a combination of some knots we already know but it'd certainly be handy here since I have quite a bit of bamboo growing.

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