Low Cost Stress Skin Construction… w/ Foam and Surface Bonding Cement

We’ve been experimenting with it since 1981, when we built our house from 6″ concrete blocks and insulated it on the outside with 4″ of blue SM. We used 2 coat cement plaster over stucco mesh on that. A lot of work, also expensive for the mesh. CMHC published an interesting “Building Research Bulletin” on bonding plaster to foam back in the late 60’s or early 70’s. I built my shop using post and beam, […]

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Crickets and Ants in the Basement

While we are ridding the nation’s attics of mice & rats, can anyone suggest a way to rid a basement of crickets that would be safe around a 22-month old and a couple of cats? I just moved over Labor Day weekend from NH to northern VA, and there’s a whole new bunch of critters down here, including these humongous crickets. I remember seeing them in the laundry area (probably damp) when I was little, […]

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Concrete on Top of Concrete

When we added a room onto the house my ex brought the concrete pad to the level of the original house with the exception of a 5′ x 7′ area that was an outdoor shed and already had a concrete pad. In order to bring that area up to the level (about 6″)he needed, he built it up with 2’x 4′ beams and laid plywood on top of it. Now I am having trouble with […]

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Termites – Do they swarm this time of year

Does anyone know if termites swarm? I.E, fly around on the patio and porch during the day, lots of flying things staying in one area? We’ve had these flying things on patio for couple of years; now it’s started on front porch. I thought it might be flies that spawned from water in rain gutters that didn’t evaporate. Went to Orchard Supply Hardware and they immediately said it is swarming termites and suggested a spray […]

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