Well last night showed some nice weather, so I was out in the garden again, bought out my 10 planks and bent the first 2 no problem, a lot of creaking, but everything still worked fine, until plank #4, snap.............oh fuck, maybe a one off, try the next one, snap...............I almost cried.
I'm sitting with 8 sheets of 18mm ply that can't be returned and that I can only use for the platforms if this doesn't work. I look at my options of carrying on with the 18mm and wondering just how many I'm going to carry on breaking.
I looked at doing the 3 layers of 6mm and wrote that off as that alone would be about £600 on it's own without final layer. And that would take me ages to save for.
So I did something that the yanks on ramplans.com said doesn't work, I tossed 3 planks in the pool for about 10 minutes, layed them on top to bottom, weighed them down with 3 and then 4 bricks and had my dinner, in about 30 minutes they had sagged about 30cm with NO stressing or creaking, I pushed it down a bit soaked them with a sponge and went back in the house.
Didn't sleep well last night, too worried that the schedule is now going to take months to finish.
I was out at the crack of dawn to see if it had sagged some more or if I had got all the bending that I was going to get the night before.
It dropped about another 20cm and still looks good. I guess it payed off to buy the decent ply wood afterall. I wet it with a sponge again, pushed it down a bit further and pranced into the house a fucking happy camper. By this afternoon, I should have them dry enough to paint both sides with carbolinium and then screw them down. I can now make the sections wider at about 15cm, because I think I'm loosing some of the strength the narrower I'm cutting them. The wood now has about 2cm to go and I don't even need it to go that far as that last little bit I can push, but I don't want to take any chances.
Going to soak another 20 planks tonight and get them laid tomorrow hopefully. And yes that is part of the flat that's on there............all the flat has been layed.