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Safety of Wooden Houses

11/16/2015 10:47 AM

Which residential house is more appropriate from safety and maintenance point of view, Wooden or cement bricks built one? any information or reference is appreciated.

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Re: Safety of Wooden Houses

11/16/2015 11:23 AM

quality of construction methods of each is the question you should be asking.

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11/16/2015 11:37 AM

Ask the 3 little pigs !

Or give more specifics; where I live, what may appear to be a stone or brick house is now usually wood construction with a veneer set atop a poured concrete foundation.

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11/17/2015 10:10 AM

GA - you beat me to it.

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Re: Safety of Wooden Houses

11/16/2015 11:43 AM

Depends on what the unsafe conditions are. Do your exterior walls have to stop bullets? Do you live around a bunch of arsonists? Are you worried about increased background radiation?

From a maintenance perspective (I hate painting) the less wood, the better.

Paint on wooden surfaces in my area lasts 5 to 10 years. To make it worse, some previous owner idiot painted the brick. Don't paint the brick!

A field stone veneer on a house has the most natural background radiation. Nuclear reactor facilities have less.

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11/16/2015 11:45 AM

Why don't you build one of each and let us know.

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11/16/2015 12:58 PM

what does your text book say? I always hated doing essays, they have a way about them that makes you have think for yourself! And then there's that nasty word RESEARCH, that thing you should be doing yourself so that you can acquire some extra skills during the process of doing your own research

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11/16/2015 1:19 PM

If you live in an earthquake prone area stick is better than brick. Need more information to offer and informed reply.

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11/16/2015 1:32 PM

Poured concrete walls with steel stud walls and a metal roof is the strongest combination...the less wood the better...Here in Florida they use cement block a lot and run rebar down every other column and fill it with poured concrete, this works well....with rebar running from footer to slab, up the walls and into the cap, and the roof tied to the cap...

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11/16/2015 2:51 PM

Talk to some builders where you live. These days with pressure treated wood in the foundation, good foundation drainage, good ventilation including in the attic, termite monitoring, and hardiplank siding, (standard for new construction where I live) new wood homes don't require as much maintenance as your grandfather's wood home.

'Cement brick' is an odd term. Usually it's cement block or brick masonry. I think brick homes are still more expensive than wood frame. You get what you pay for.

One of the first homes I lived in, when I lived in Florida, was a cement block home. I hated the cheap, industrial feel it had.

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11/16/2015 2:54 PM

If one wanted a complete analysis,.... check on insurance rates between the two.

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11/16/2015 3:34 PM

Ask the Trojans!

Oh... sorry houses ....

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11/16/2015 4:03 PM

Moooove in condition...

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11/16/2015 7:32 PM

That must be from Homer's long-lost "Boviniad" about the Trojan cow.

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11/16/2015 7:39 PM

I thought it was a Trojan Rabbit.

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11/16/2015 9:30 PM

Choice of construction of houses depends upon environment,climate, earthquake, safety, economy of owner,codes applicable and so on

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11/16/2015 11:04 PM

nowadays simple and quick method of construction is done by using shipping containers or modular housing..

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11/17/2015 2:26 AM

Where, what, why, lifespan, budget .....??

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11/17/2015 3:21 AM

As they say in real estate:LOCATION!LOCATION!LOCATION!
Outdoorsman dream come true!
Cozy,one room,well insulated, easy to heat and cool,low utility bills,large built in freezer for storing large game on large private lot.
Low maintenance.
Lots of summer sun.
Convenient to ocean for lots of fishing,good hunting and trapping nearby.
Chance to see endangered species daily.
Complies with all local and national building and fire codes.
Garage can be added at minimal cost.

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11/17/2015 7:39 AM

The environment has a lot to do with it. The homes on many Caribbean Islands are poured concrete. To with stand the many hurricanes that they face. Stick homes just do not hold up well in that environment. In the Pacific north west trees are abundant. Making stick homes with the readily available materials the way to go. My uncle was a builder. Most the homes he built were from field stone. The farming community that he grew up in provided the stone. As farmers for years would remove the stone they plowed up and dump it at the fence rows around the field.

Safety is a broad term, from what?. As with maintenance the different materials have their draw backs.

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Re: Safety of Wooden Houses

11/17/2015 9:21 AM

*Insufficient information for response*

*Contradictory request: safety and maintenance are inversely proportional. The 'safer' house will require more maintenance than an 'unsafe' house. Skimp on the maintenance and 'safe' degrades to 'unsafe'*

*Missing data*

* *Size of house

* *Number of floors

* *Location of house

* * *Known crime rate of location

* * *Known weather hazards of location: Flooding, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, etc.

*Suggestion: Poster Anon-1 should gather missing information, reboot brain, and try again*

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