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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Treated Wood?

I’ve been gardening to some extent for many years but I have a lot to learn yet! I read an article in this month’s Family Circle that blasted the use of treated wood. I’ve never used chemicals in my garden but last year I did frame out my 4×4 beds with wood from the local home improvement store so… The article says never use the stuff near your garden, etc. I try not to believe […]

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Hard Wood Floor, Problem?

We bought this house last year. They had recently (just before we bought it) installed hard wood flooring from the entry through the kitchen. Earlier this week the floor got wet for a few hours. Now, it appears the long side edges of each board is starting to lift up. I can feel the transition from one board to another in this area, where it isn’t apparent in other areas of the flooring (that didn’t […]

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