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Old 01-16-2015, 10:54 PM   #61
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Forgot the girls.
My wife satisfies that part, but she gets all blank eyed when I start talking about carpentry. She tells me I should just argue with you guys.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:57 PM   #62
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She tells me I should just argue with you guys.
Sounds like she wants to argue with us...
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Sounds like she wants to argue with us...
A man can dream.

Sidenote: my wife is the absolute love of my life but loves to argue. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Shes the only person I listen to when she tells me I'm being an a-hole.
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Finally got my letter from the wood testing place. They have identified it as Handroanthus sp.
I'm not sure what the sp. means but Handroanthus spp. comes up as Ipe. This is not what I was expecting.
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Finally got my letter from the wood testing place. They have identified it as Handroanthus sp.
I'm not sure what the sp. means but Handroanthus spp. comes up as Ipe. This is not what I was expecting.
Well, that's a development
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If it was stored near IPE in the yard and was sold as IPE it don't mean its IPE.

No way this IEP, this is that T&G porch planking DF I think, right before winter I replaced a few boards, not as bad but it looks like the same crap.
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Finally got my letter from the wood testing place. They have identified it as Handroanthus sp.
I'm not sure what the sp. means but Handroanthus spp. comes up as Ipe. This is not what I was expecting.
That is interesting... I wasn't expecting that either, I really did think they got sold something else when they requested ipe.
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Btw, thanks for the samples.
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Not for nothing, but you guys arguing back and forth is very educational for those of us who know very little about different wood types, their longevity, and even possibly ourselves being ripped off by low grade wood used by subs. So keep it up, and I'll keep reading!
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If it was stored near IPE in the yard and was sold as IPE it don't mean its IPE.

No way this IEP, this is that T&G porch planking DF I think, right before winter I replaced a few boards, not as bad but it looks like the same crap.
Did you miss the part where they sent it to a 3rd party testing facility? Bury your head in the sand if you want but ipe isn't as great as everyone implies.
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Rob,hmmmmmmmmmm

Never Mind.
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Handroanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae.[1] It consists of 30 species of trees, known in Latin America by the common names poui, pau d'arco, or ipÍ


Still not a very definitive answer just saying it was Handroanthus spp.
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Ah whatever, you guys are as bad as tnt, only believe what you want to. Don't matter to me. You do yours, I'll do mine.
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Hydroanthus is ipe. I've never seen it rot but there's a lot of things I haven't seen. The boards jammed together in a shaded area, low to the ground does seem like the perfect spot for it.

I'm going to throw a scrap under my compost pile for the next couple years and see what happens.
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I wonder if they finally figured out how to ruin ipe? Screwing around with genetics and blending different types to make it grow as fast as possible
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There was study made by us navy. They burried ipe in variouse depths 1ft -50ft. After 50years dug it up and with and other thn a simple washing it looked just as good the day it was burried. No rot. Not splintering. Nothing. The test might be showing in the family of ipe but I think it's a one off. Just like dog genetic testing. They all come back with one dominant breed.
They got taken for whatever reason.... Stupid, cheap and most likely the contractor or supplier. Time to get selling. At the end of the day they need a new deck. Sell them on trex... Cali does I mean would...ha.on side note I just visited a customer house today which I built an ipe ground deck maybe 8" off the ground. Other then turning silvery gray and a looking a lil dirty it's perfect. Let me say that again. Perfect and going on 6years old. The only maintenance they perform is a sweep of the leaves. Not even washed it.
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Hydroanthus is not a species. Its a genus.

That being said I have seen some south american lumber sold from some areas of Bolivia that were very not impressive.
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Hydroanthus is a genus prevalent in the south pacific. Tabebuia is the species of ipe. And there are many sub species. Almost all in the America's are known or called "Ipe". Seems to me, it wasn't Ipe.
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http://www.calyx.com.au/tabebuia.html
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All I can say is that I had a pile of ipe cutoffs, laying directly on the ground for probably 10 years and I did not see one piece that looked rotten. I cleaned them up with a little sanding and turned them in to my tiled entry deck. But maybe they weren't ipe.
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