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What is a cord of firewood?
Firewood is sold by a measurement called a "cord." A cord must equal 128 cubic feet. State law states that a cord should be “ranked and well-stowed.” That means that you should stack the wood neatly in a line or row, with pieces touching and parallel to each other and stacked compactly, minimizing air spaces between pieces. Stacking wood in a crisscross fashion falsely inflates the volume. Then measure the stack. To measure, the buyer should multiply the height, width, and length of the stack; the result should equal 128 cubic feet. Measurements taken in inches can be converted to cubic feet by dividing by 1728. The cord (not the pickup load) is the only legal unit of measure for sales of firewood in California. Most Important: Measure the wood before using any. If the cubic measurement indicates that you did not receive the correct volume, contact the seller immediately. If you’re not satisfied about the amount of wood, don’t pay for it until you are, and preferably pay for the wood by check. If the seller can't or won't correct the problem, contact the Mariposa County Department of Weights and Measures at (209) 966-2075 before you burn any wood. Time is important in these investigations; you may not be the only customer to get burned by the wood seller. Be an aware consumer – be alert. Measure first, pay when you’re satisfied, and the only thing getting burned this winter will be the wood in your fireplace!

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1. What is a cord of firewood?
2. How can you make sure you are getting what you pay for when buying firewood?
3. What is a Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) and who needs one?
4. What is an Operator ID and who needs one?
5. What is a Pest Control Adviser?
6. Is there an application fee for a pesticide permit?
7. When are pesticide use reports due?
8. What is the Agricultural Pest Detection Program (Why is There a Trap in My Yard)?
9. What do I do if I am having a raccoon, opossum or skunk problem?
10. Who do I contact if I find a sick or dead bird?
11. Can I bring in a spider, bug or weed to be identified?
12. What payment methods are accepted by your department?
13. What is your mailing address?
14. What is your fax number?
15. I have an 18 gallon gas tank, but the pump says I put 18.5 gallons into my empty tank. Is this possible?

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