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Old 12-20-2023, 11:43 AM
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Same here. No idea why they are/were ever called that in the first place. That's just what they've always been so I figured there was a purpose. I don't think I've actually used them properly, but they're handy for just about everything. The ones I have around here are weights, tire chocks, outdoor plant tables, trailer steps, weedeater 'guards', and a couple buried at the dig prone spots under the fences. Pretty sure there's a few that were turned improperly and crumbled under the house too, at least parts of them.

Somewhere in the collective male psyche I think there exists a deep desire to have a room built out of them, completely reinforced, so that we can be locked away from the rest of mankind. We could build a cave anywhere we want it. Sure, solid concrete pours are just as effective and maybe easier. But then you can't run your fingers along all the little joint cracks when you're bored or walking by.
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Typing in difference between concrete and cinder blocks brought back this result from the internet. Sounds legit.
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It isn't any easier to say cinder than concrete, it takes only 2 more letters to spell, I just don't get it.
You're overthinking it, Lew! We're just trying to keep the tradition alive! Now go back to yelling at those kids on your lawn...
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In the construction world when I was still a working for GC they were known as Concrete Masonry Units, so most folks say CMU or just block . I would kind of question what they know if anyone trying to build me anything or sell me anything called them cinder block
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Old 12-20-2023, 07:48 PM
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I think instead of of a bolt mechanism like a bank vault door I would just go old school and put brackets in to bar the door shut. Most shelters have the door open in because they don't want debris stacking against an outward opening door, so you could just shut the door and drop the bars in place(one high and one low). A couple pieces of 2 inch tubing would be more than strong enough I would think, and a young kid probably wouldn't be tall enough or strong enough to bar them-self in.
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Old 12-20-2023, 09:22 PM
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Same here. No idea why they are/were ever called that in the first place. That's just what they've always been so I figured there was a purpose. I don't think I've actually used them properly, but they're handy for just about everything. The ones I have around here are weights, tire chocks, outdoor plant tables, trailer steps, weedeater 'guards', and a couple buried at the dig prone spots under the fences. Pretty sure there's a few that were turned improperly and crumbled under the house too, at least parts of them.

Somewhere in the collective male psyche I think there exists a deep desire to have a room built out of them, completely reinforced, so that we can be locked away from the rest of mankind. We could build a cave anywhere we want it. Sure, solid concrete pours are just as effective and maybe easier. But then you can't run your fingers along all the little joint cracks when you're bored or walking by.
Way off topic, but in high school our auto teacher warned us against using concrete blocks under our cars. He paid a visit to one of my classmates house one day and gave the class a lecture the next day. He was really pissed about it.

Another way off topic: A friend in Ouray, Colorado needed to expand his shop but didn't have any flat land to build. He called in the dynamite man and went into the mountain beside his house. There is a semblance of a small tin shed in front, not unlike the portal to a mine. His shop is big enough inside to house his excavator and back hoe. A real man cave.
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Old 12-21-2023, 09:07 AM
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In the construction world when I was still a working for GC they were known as Concrete Masonry Units, so most folks say CMU or just block . I would kind of question what they know if anyone trying to build me anything or sell me anything called them cinder block
:-) Yea, Like the ad for those doors. :-)
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Growing up everyone called them cinder blocks, so I do too.

NO clue why.
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Old 12-22-2023, 07:52 AM
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Growing up everyone called them cinder blocks, so I do too.

NO clue why.
:-) Growing up every one drove a horse drawn wagon, do you do the same ? :-)
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Old 12-22-2023, 09:13 AM
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No but I have a bunch of friends that do as the method of transport .Amish Country .
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