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post #5 of Old 06-07-2006
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Main reason to avoid softwoods like pine is that they swell in size noticeably when they get wet. This makes them very bad for the things around them...as the expansion of the wood can cause major damage to things that are stuck up against them and have no room to move. This is also why they are used for the "emergency bungs" for the through hulls. BTW, the emergency bungs should be kept in a plastic bag, as they need to stay dry until needed.

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