22 June, 2006

a new house

At first glance it seems that in New Zealand houses are made of match sticks and paper. There are no main beams used, only 2x4's. Nails are not used because this house must be able to withstand a minor earthquake (during a quake, nails will pop out and the whole house collapses!) Walls are all filled with pink bats insulation against the winter cold. This 3 brm house in Hamilton has a market value around 300K when completed.

Instead of nails, the builders in NZ used a metal template which has many spikes. These are placed and installed across the butt joints.

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