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> From: estrill(--nospam--at)
> To: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Oriented Strand Board as an exterior sheathing in new home
> Date: Monday, September 02, 1996 9:02 PM
> Dear friend,
> My wife and I are in the market for a new home.  Unlike lots of other 
> consumers in the new home market, we have done extensive reading and 
> research on new home construction.  One book that we have read is titled

> "The Well-Built House" by Jim Locke.  We found this book to be very 
> informative.  We are now ready to narrow our choices of builders.  The 
> topic that has us puzzled is material for exterior sheathing.  Some 
> builders use Thermo-Ply, Celotex, Energy Brace, and other insulative 
> sheathings, and a few use Oriented Strand Board.  I am of the thought 
> that any material that adds structural rigidity to the frame of a home 
> is better, and therefore believe that OSB is better.  When we visited 
> those home sites that use sheathing other than OSB, they talk highly 
> against it.  I then decided to investigate OSB on the internet, and 
> arrived at your site.  Can you please give us your feelings about the 
> various sheathings.  Are there any methods that can be implemented to 
> help protect OSB from its worst enemy, moisture? (Pink Wrap maybe?)  If 
> it were you, what material would you opt for?  Unfortunately none of the

> builders use FIR plywood.  We live in Maryland, just in case you need to

> know about the climate.
> Thanking you in advance,
> D&E Estrill