Pressed Particle Board Shelving Warning

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Sat May 29 18:30:44 2004

On Sat, May 29, 2004 at 05:00:18PM -0600, ben franchuk wrote:
> So what do they use for flooring in Antartica?

We don't have an ounce of raised flooring in the old station, and I'm
not sure there is any in the new station - we tend to go with overhead
cable trays. There are three seperate runs in the room I'm in now,
and it's office-ish space, not even machine room.

There might be some metal-tile raised flooring in the NOC in McMurdo, but
I'm not certain of it.

If you mean ordinary flooring, the older buildings are modular, insulated
boxes with plywood floors and carpet. The new station is steel-frame
construction, sheathed in insulated plywood (18" foam, IIRC) for the
walls, and steel decking with either roll-vinyl covering where there's
water (laundry, galley, bathrooms, etc.) or carpet where it's dry. Dunno
what's between the carpet and the steel, but I'd guess plywood or particle


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