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LP Subflooring Swims With the Sharks

Product experts from LP Building Products embarked on a 22-hour boat ride to Guadalupe Island to put LP Legacy premium subflooring to the ultimate performance test

Product experts from LP Building Products embarked on a 22-hour boat ride to Guadalupe Island to put LP Legacy premium subflooring to the ultimate performance test. They joined Captain Spencer Salmon and his crew, along with a team of extreme adventure videographers, aboard the MV Horizon in San Diego, Ca., and made their way to a dive destination famous for the number and size of great white sharks that circle the island’s coast.

During the test, a shark cage, largely constructed of LP Legacy subflooring, was submerged in the ocean for more than a day. The cage served as the only protection for the divers who volunteered to go into the water with the sharks. Crew members and LP experts also took turns lowering themselves into the shark cage.

The expedition was the third in LP’s “Tested Extreme” campaign, designed to demonstrate the subflooring’s performance in difficult situations that go well beyond the demands of a typical job site. In the first expedition, panels were sent over a series of waterfalls totaling 70 feet and left to soak overnight. The second test involved professional mountain bikers jumping on a ramp built with LP Legacy panels during a torrential storm in a British Columbia rainforest.

This time, the shark cage was immersed in the Pacific Ocean for a total of 28 hours, during which time 23 sharks were sighted—the largest one weighing close to 2,500 lbs.

Watch the divers and the shark cage in action and see behind-the-scenes footage at www.testedextreme.com

 

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Publisher of two monthly magazines for LBM dealers and distributors—The Merchant Magazine, founded in 1922 to serve the western U.S., and Building Products Digest, formed in 1982 to serve east of the Rockies.

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