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  •  That's when things were built to LAST... (9+ / 0-)

    The steel roof is a great example; I remember when Bill Cosby did Ford commercials: "Ford tests its' door hinges a MILLION times, to make sure they last!" Yeah, I almost bought that, until my neighbor tossed in: "no, they're not trying to see how WELL to make them, they're trying to see how LIGHT they can make them, and still get a million swings out of them!"

    Ever since, I've realized how much time and research has gone into "lighter, cheaper, easier"-and all with the purpose of "saving materials" and COSTS, but with the result that OLD things almost always last longer than NEW things will, mostly because of the differences you mention.

    Of course, with so many of us on the planet, we've run out of many of the woods that used to be plentiful, so they are reserved for very specific applications - no one frames houses out of hickory lumber any more! But for those of us who FIND those old treasures, it's almost certain that they will be around long after today's "pre-fab" and lightweight crap is crumbled into dust...

    Here's where I admit that I'm too much like you; pre-1995 I was a ball-busting DIY'er; now I'm too content to take on little projects and computer problems, and put off all the big things needing my attention! Of course, that little broken back I suffered mid '95 may have changed my world a bit... Sigh.

    Good luck, and a bit of envy, too.

    "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

    by CodeTalker on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:51:07 AM PST

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