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>Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:41:22 -0700
>From: Juan Enrique Justo <jjusto(--nospam--at)>
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)

When you give a dog or a cat a bath, as soon as they are free to go out, 
they will again rub their body in the soil... and get dirty again.  This 
is because in their genes, there is something that says that if they do 
not smell like the outdoor environment, other animals, perhaps 
predators, can trace them.

In all people from british descent, (and I am not sure this has to do 
with genes, but certainly with education because in Jamaica and other 
former british posesions they also built with cardboard and toothpicks) 

....Allright all the people from british cultyral descent like to build 
in wood.  Japanese love to use rice by-products too!  Russians have 
plenty of wood (Swedes too) and they are not building much in wood other 
than in the countryside.

In the Encarta 96 enciclopedia you'll find out that London (founded 
under the name of Londina or Londra in 61 (BC or AC ?) I cant remember,  
by the romans, started building in stone. After the roman occupation, 
they switched to wood (a genetical problem perhaps, like in the case of 
dogs and cats).

 Several fires (not termites) eventyually put the wood out of business. 
The use of wood in bridges ended by a collapse of one of then in the 
late 1800's.

We can discuss cost but I am too busy, I still work for a living!

Jose Diez P.E. Fl.

>The several posts (and counter posts) I read about the use of wood in 
>houses construction moved me to ask you what follows.
>Although I?m mechanical engineer, I do love wood, and my hobby is 
>But I am not convinced -so far- about the benefits of house contruction 
>from wood which seems to be the rule in USA. Here in south america we 
>still prefer bricks.
>I was in Houston for 18 month, and I had the chance to see the 
>construction of a condo nearby my place. I saw those tiny (o let?s say 
>slender) timber pieces to be put together to form the structure of 
>frames, beams, etc. I also was told (pls tell me if this is true) that 
>these slim timbers came from very fast growing trees, specially 
>for construction. I also was told that unless termites choose the same 
>home as you do, this full wood houses can last up to 30 years.
>All this introduction is just to ask to you fellows (ladys included) 
>this wood based system was chosen. Are there some kind of historical 
>reasons?, or may be old traditions? A friend that lives in Tampa Fl, 
>his house to be built up in our traditional way (bricks and more 
>and he had to pay 30% more that a fully wood house. So, Is it because 
>By the way, how about New Zeland? What do you use there?
>Finally, I would like to tell you that this query is just for the sake 

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