So what a crazy day in Gibsons yesterday. The stone crew drove out 20 hours from Calgary with the light weight panels - took a tour of the boat and basically for lack of a longer explanation said "---- It - It's too much work". Who does that?
I priced the job for a 5 day completion. I figured I would be three days with the showers and 2 days with the floors. As it turns out I ran three full days over and if you count the 15 and 13 hour shifts as 3.5 days not two then I ran way over. But - I didn't cut any corners, did some quality work and was oh so excited to see the stone guys installing the panels yesterday.
I took the day off from work to go watch, learn, study, help - what ever. But there was no action - the stone panels and the tools never left the parking lot. I did get to play with a sample of the product in the wood shop and I also got to chat with the installers for a spell about the install practice.
The whole experience has left me with way more questions than answers. I took a sample home with me and messed around with it in the Ferry Line up - there is no way this stone is stronger than slab - no freaken way. This might have been a huge blessing in disguise for the yacht builders. Lets see what a proper round of testing brings.
The yacht builders are looking for solutions and perhaps it is the same stone with a different crew or different materials all together.
I had thought this light weigh stone was backed with an aluminum panel - but there is no aluminum panel but rather a rubber panel of sorts sandwiched with two plys of alumiumn foil.... Odd.
The stone is sold as being flexible. Here you can see a picture from the web site of Earth Anatomy
The stone in this picture looks thinner than the ones in the samples we have. I'm not even sure the stone that was brought to BC is in fact from the supplier Earth Anatomy.... So many questions.
Here are the four samples that represent the stone that was suppose to go into the yacht. All look great. I took my sample home that I test cut and tested building an outside corner and played with it a bit.
I found I could break it apart by hand! Scary. I easily snapped the 1.5" rip cut and then to my horror was able with ease cut the reinforcing back with my box cutter. I then tried ripping at by hand and was able to remove it with finger strength only! What da ....
I cut it with a dry diamond blade and the stone chipped easily. Perhaps better cuts on with a better blade, better tool and some water.
You can see the back side here. The black stuff is soft and rubbery - when bent back and forth it fails.