As a builder I was once invited to attend a 3 day school by a steel company that was promoting metal studs, expenses paid.
I did learn a lot at the school, but never switched to steel studs. I saw no advantage, except termites cannot eat steel. They were also more expensive.
The steel stud was more expensive than wood, and it is hard to tell a carpenter, “Hey, you cannot drive a nail into that!” I could also see many house wives (and husbands) calling me names because they could not drive nails into the stud to hang pictures.
(With wood framing you install the insulation and install a vapor barrier by stapling it up, not sure how you do this with steel)
I love trees. I have liked saw mills and the smell since I was a puppy. As a kid playing in the woods, it was a thrill to run across an giant abandoned sawdust pile. Diving, rolling and jumping in the soft stuff was even better than diving in leaves.
I have read and heard many arguments about not cutting a tree to build, make paper towels etc. My stand is: Wood is a renewable natural product. Timber companies today are replanting as they cut. The forest itself re-seeds.
What are we saving by using metal studs? Nothing! But we are wasting a non-renewable resource (Coal-Nat-gas) used to make that stud. I read on the hand dryers, that we are saving a tree by using this state of the art blower,I smile.
Yes, possibly they are, but they are sure using up the coal, gas or uranium to produce the electricity to run the blower. And that resource it not renewable. Try planting some BB’s and see if they sprout, no, of course not.
Being GREEN makes some folk rich. I noticed Al Gore was worth about 2 million when he left office. Now he is heavier in weight and money at over $100 million. I bet he cries all the way to the bank about losing that election.
I don’t believe in wasting a natural resource. I believe we should respect our environment. I wish the folks who push me not to cut a tree or kill a rabbit would ride a horse to their next ‘green’ rally, use corn cobs, and eat only cabbage and beans to increase our natural resources.
Thanks for coming this way.
Hypocrites are! Because they do not practice what they preach. (MOST politicians fall into that category!)
Sherry, in our first RV (homemade).
Towed by that 1960 Rambler.