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If the brackets are lag screwed into plywood, I wouldn't trust it. There isn't much meat for threads to work with in 1/2" plywood, and there is going to be some vibration from the compressor. If it's held in with toggle bolts, it will be very strong, I would not be worried about it pulling out. But I'd still rather not have a vibrating piece of ...


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Paint weathering tests show southern pine to be the poorest wood for holding paint. That is, using the same paint (various paints were used in different tests), the paint failed on pine first. Paints lasted longest on cedar and redwood. It was a significant difference, I don't remember exactly but roughly paint would fail on pine in 3 years and last over 10 ...


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Just one comment, without a doubt there is/will be much more maintenance with pine. For most I think it should lie with what is your personal preference. Having said that, one thing not mentioned in the previous comments, is that wood adds an insulating value to your home as well, far more than a vinyl product.


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I would possibly use 1 layer of tape sticky side out then coat with silicone to fully seal. You really won’t have any real efficiency losses but that opening is large enough for rodents to enter, so I would want to seal it up for that reason. I cases where I don’t want the tape to stick to things I will put it on sticky side out and over lap it on itself, ...


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Remove the silicone pieces and trim the grey rubber back and then use Great Stuff to fill in the voids and insulate the pipes. You've got a pretty good opening there and you don't want any critters crawling in there.


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