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Old 04-22-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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Block Wall House Construction in Ensenada Mexico

The preferred method of home building in mexico is with large blocks.
My cousins home is being built in Ensenada MX and housing construction is block. What is the preferred method to install drywall on block wall
construction? Do you use wood framing/studs? If so, how do you attach
the wood frame to the blocks?


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Old 04-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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By "large blocks", I assume you are describing hollow concrete block or brick for bearing walls that are 6"(150mm) or 8"(200mm) thick. In many areas, concrete brick are referred to as small block.

Concrete block and/or brick are the most residential common wall materials in the developed world. Usually, drywall is not used on the walls and skim coat of plaster is used. In some of the cooler areas, (eastern Europe) materials such as block brick, AAC and clay tile are used and often a thick coat of lihtweight plaster is used on the interior to provide the needed amount of insualtion. In some of western Europe, gypsum board is used with varying methods of attachment.

The same applies to interior walls, which are frequently clay tile for non-beraring partitions and block for interior load bearing walls.

Much international construction is geared toward more permanent construction, so wood or unbonded walls are not desireable except in lower class residential construction or high rise commercial projects.

Wood studs have limited desireablity in international construction. - In some countries, they represent less than 10% of the walls. It does not make sense to build walls out of wood when you can use stronger materials that do not provide fire resistance and do not last as long. If wood is used in masonry walls, it is just for a thin firring strip.



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