Safety at Gunpoint
As a framer, I remember walking top plates on three-story
buildings in shorts and tennis shoes. Fast forward to the
present, and I doubt very much that I would be a framer. The
freedom we once enjoyed has given way to politically correct
Let's face it: OSHA is another tax generator. If it were about
safety, OSHA would help develop or fund development of
equipment for working safely. To simply show up and fine
companies — instead of instructing — is a
sure way to eliminate more small businesses.
What happens when we're all gone? Why is everything made
somewhere else? No safety, less cost.
I'm all for safety, just not at gunpoint.
Glen Allen, Va.
I read your review of Kevlar jeans (Toolbox, 12/07) with great
enthusiasm. Finally, a pair of pants that might last through
the month without a tear.
Unfortunately, after contacting Duluth I was told the jeans
had been discontinued. I was hoping you might be able to
determine if there's another source; my crew, our knees, and
our pocketbooks would be grateful. Thank you.
The jeans are still available; search for MN denim work
jeans, item 64130, at www.duluthtrading.com. — The
Air Movement and R-Value
I was reading the October 2007 issue and felt compelled to
It was great to see Bill Rose's article on attic ventilation,
as well as the Q&As from the panel of building
scientists. However, the products section made me lose some
faith in JLC. Fiberglass insulation was featured twice, and in
both cases you mislead readers by mentioning only R-value. But
fiberglass is also an air filter: To be effective, it needs to
be in an airtight cavity — a gigantic task to achieve
on site when you add plumbing and wiring, among other
Also, fiberglass should never be used in an attic where it's
exposed to outside air; it can lose up to 40 percent of its
R-value from convection and other factors.
West Berlin, Vt.
Hiring Illegals: Immoral?
In what can only be called a statistical anomaly, a politician
actually speaks the truth (In the News, 12/07). Kudos to Prince
William County, Va., supervisor Corey A. Stewart. He correctly
lays blame for the economic meltdown fomented by illegal
immigrants and their advocates where it belongs — on
the doorstep of un-American profiteers in the construction
As I see it, the Northern Virginia Building Industry
Association and other special-interest cabals work shamelessly
to supplant the virtues of thrift, industry, and patriotism
— for generations the guiding ethos of American
craftsmen — with the vices of avarice, indifference,
Justifications and excuses abound but cannot hide the truth.
To engage in the promotion of illegal immigration —
directly or indirectly — is to engage in immoral,
criminal activity. It's no different from cheating a customer
or stealing from a supplier.
La Porte, Texas