Archive for the ‘Plastic’ Category

Plastic lumber is a product that is of interest to many in the DIY community. As a recycled and durable replacement for wood the appeal of the product is obvious and applications are only limited by the imagination. However, plastic lumber is only suitable for certain applications and unlike lumber is not “one size fits all”. Here are three important things you need to know about plastic lumber:

1.) There are structural and non-structural grades.

Not many people know that some plastic lumber cannot be used for a load-bearing structure. This means that it is not safe to make into benching or a picnic table for example. Structural grades DO exist but you need to request them and ensure what you’re buying is “structural”. This usually is a fiberglass reinforced product.

2.) Color affects cost

This trait about plastic lumber is even less known. Yes, the product can be obtained in a veritable rainbow of colors; however, certain colors are expensive and it’s not simply a choice between “black or color”. Some colors such as yellow may cost up to 50% more than black! As a customer, you need to know this and consider the cost colors may add when you request a quote.

3.) It’s rarely stocked

With so many colors and profiles of lumber (dozens) it’s rare to find it stocked. It is usually brought in on a special order, so know how many lengths of each size you require for your job when making a request for quote. This also means you can expect up to 4-6 weeks for your shipment to arrive, so plan ahead!

4.) It’s expensive

This is a biggie. As a “recycled” product that’s also “just plastic” many customers unfortunately get sticker shock when quoted. Make no mistake, there is no hiding it, plastic lumber will not at all compete with the price of wood: full stop. Certain lumber profiles can reach into several hundred dollars per length and even the humble 2×4 will be close to $100.00/length landed cost. Before getting your hopes too high for your application – understand that you are buying a premium, small-run, product that is priced accordingly.

5.) It’s awesome

For those that invest in plastic lumber it really is as good as advertised. Resisting insect attack, rot, rust, mold, and splintering – the product really is excellent! You just need to make sure you have realistic expectations of the cost, the timeline for your order, and ensure you’ve selected the correct grade.


Safety and MSDS

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Plastic, Safety
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MSDS_PicYou can scroll down through these blogs and see various cool applications everyday people use engineering plastics for. However, you should be aware of what you’re actually working with and any possible safety concerns. If you put “bonding acrylic” into YouTube you will find several, if not most, of the videos show somebody working with the material without gloves. Because of the solvent you are using (and remember – it is a solvent, not a glue!) gloves should be worn. When machining plastics a mask is often recommended as well.

When we are approached by businesses that want to use our plastics a material’s “MSDS” or material safety data sheet is often requested. The MSDS has easy-to-read information regarding the plastic, safety concerns when working with it and any precautions that need to be taken if you happen to ingest it, get it in your eye, etc. Redwood Plastics has a set of MSDS sheets available for the plastics we carry. Clicking the link below will bring you to our “hub” page where you simply select the plastic you want to learn about and a PDF will load.

We highly recommend you read the MSDS carefully before working with a plastic. For other plastic questions please contact us today:

CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684

Now that grocery stores are using fabric bags for shopping, our plastic bags are accumulating under the kitchen sink. If you Google the internet for items made of out plastic bags, the search results are limitless. One that caught our eye was the messenger bag. There is a video on YouTube with step-by-step directions on creating this bag.

frp-wall-protectionAlthough Redco™ FRP Panels are traditionally used in food processing plants, hospitals and restaurants, they also can be used at home to protect your walls from the scratching claws of pets and active children wielding felt tip pens.

In high traffic areas such as mud rooms, playrooms and entrances/exits where pets are eager to go outside and children do what they do, plastic walls will protect drywall from dents, scratches and general wear and tear.

Redco™ FRP Panels are available in a variety of sizes and colours to complement your home and are made of an impact absorbent material that is easy to clean and looks new for years.

Visit Redwood Plastics for more information on FRP Wall Protection.