From: john/blackcabin <rockin@x?????xxxx.xxxx
Date: Sun Nov 28, 1999 10:37 pm
Subject: Re: Plywood
Jose Ramon San Juan wrote:
> In his message he says that drywall is an airtight wall made of bricks or
> stones. I'v always read (at your site too) that it's a gypsum board. What's
> the truth?
Hmmm... ain't the American version of the English language wonderful ?
Here's the poop as I understand it...
1) Traditionally and by definition, a "drywall" is indeed a wall made
of bricks, blocks, stones and earth.
By its very nature it will usually be airtight though not necessarily so.
The drywall is usually held together by pressure fitting and
keystoning the components together without the use of mortar or other
"wet" mediums as a bonding agent.
I believe some of the older dikes in Holland are constructed using
this method as is the Great Wall in China.
2) In the US (and now in Canada from what I hear), "gypsum board" or
"wallboard" is refered to as "drywall".
This originates from the modern day practice of substituting gypsum
board in lieu of plaster (wet) and lath (board) techniques when
skinning a wall.
Hope this clears up some of the confusion.
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