2 x 4 needed for beds
Posted in the Greenville Forum
#1 Jul 13, 2014
The Mission needs donated lumber. Please donate 2x4s for their bunk beds. God Bless.
#2 Jul 14, 2014
wer the mission
#3 Jul 15, 2014
I'm not from your area, but just wanted to suggest something when you build these bunkbeds...caulk all the gaps where boards intersect and paint all the boards white or a light color. Try to design them so there are as few edges as possible...For instance, you might be tempted to build the mattress frame out of 2x4's with 2x4 slats perhaps...Don't do this because you will create much more hiding places for insects. A better idea would be to route a groove into the 2x4 border and glue a sheet of plywood into the dado-cut, then caulk the perimeter of both sides where ply sets into the border. If you cut the groove (called a dado in cabinetry) tight enough on the fit, you may not even have a gap big enough to caulk if you use thick primer. See what I mean?...there will be a whole lot less hiding spots for insects should a service-person need to treat the frames, and this is likely! If you create the frame border, then have slats, you're saving money (maybe) on lumber, but you're creating 100x more grooves and gaps for insects to hide that may require treatment should a problem arise. Now, having said all that, you might actually come out a lot less expensive in the long run if you just build them out of tubular steel welded together. Reason being is that you won't have to caulk anything (saving time and money on caulk), you won't need decking screws (expensive, you can use the drywall screws but they are not nearly as strong with shear force), they will look 10x better than 2x4 lumber, and you won't have people putting nails in them and hanging stuff on the sides (which they shouldn't for sanitation and pest control reasons but they always do with lumber). Trust me on this, I've done a lot of work in bunkhouses for migrant workers.*** Also paint or stain your concrete floor so it is not porous. This will make it easier to mop with bleach or soapy water, and also be better for pest control applications as well. Caulk all your wall, ceiling, and baseboard gaps, and paint a light color as well. Make sure you have lots and lots of lighting with either fluorescent fixtures or LED.*** Over provide exhaust fans in the shower area...the one's I have seen are always damp and a perfect place for legionaires and other disease due to inadequate ventilation. Do it right the first time, done right forever. Professional people contribute to professional operations. Cut corners because you don't think you can afford better...you will never be better than mediocre to poor, and you will not get the donations a smaller but professional looking and managed operation will bring in. That's my opinion, but based on my observations, entirely accurate.
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