05:54AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 02/10/03
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I'm in the process of moving to Central America. Construction costs are pretty inexpensive in many areas but I would like to have something different for my interior walls. Because of the humidity down there drywall is out of the question and ditto with most plywood. Plywood eventually delaminates. So I've been looking for a strucural foam that I could place between Hardwood studs. The wood is too beautiful to cover up but at the same time I don't want and entirely hard wood house. I just can't see painting the hard wood. That got me to looking for something to place between the studs that I could use for walls.

I keep looking for a foam product that would:
1. Be strong enough that people wouldn't fall through it,
2. Have a surface I can glue to or paint on,
3. Be inexpensive (or at least comparable to other wall materials),
4. Or be some kind of laminated foam or even plastic.

I've even considered using Foam Art Board since it comes in 4' x 8' sheets. But it is way too light to be considered as a wall board. Even if the foam can't be real strong structurally I do have access to veneers and other materials to cover the foam to strengthen it.

I look forward to reading your ideas on my alternate interior wall structure problems. My key problems to building there are vermin, termites and high humidity in the lower regions of Central America. Termites are not a problem for structural materials as the local hard woods are like Lignum Vitae (Iron Wood) and the termites don't eat that.

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