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Falling in Love with Papercrete, but... Its Paper???

 
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I like the idea of papercrete, but I see a lot of warnings about keeping it dry. Wouldn't this make it an inferior material? I life in Michigan: not a rainforest, but far from a desert. Water appears and needs to be dealt with. Is papercrete suitable?
 
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We build with many things that need to be kept dry, drywall and wood among them. Drywall is supposedly fine, because as long as you keep it dry, you have a wall. Wood and drywall will rot if you don't keep them dry.

The Brits have a saying about a good house having a good hat and good boots, referring obviously to moisture control.

So papercrete is in the same category. Don't use it where it will get wet, seal it against moisture, and apart from some kind of waterproof sheathing, you'll want an outer envelope material.

-CK
 
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