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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:57 pm Reply with quote

Hi All,
I was cutting a small chunk out today to in an internal block work wall in a house built around 1984 to gain some clearance, when I noticed that what I took to be breeze block appeared to contain what looked like very small woodchips a bit less than 1mm or so thick, they were wood coloured not white so I figured they shouldn’t be anything nasty like asbestos icon_confused.gif.
I supposed it to be some kind of lightweight block, as it’s an upstairs wall just resting on a timber bearer across the joists.

Does anyone know what it is called please? I would be interested to know as I haven’t come across it before, looking on the web there are a number of “new Green” products being promoted using wood chip but they seem to look more like straw or chipboard.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:56 pm Reply with quote

Insulated concrete forms. a cheap block with fibre/sawdust wood fill.

http://www.toolbase.org/Technology-Inventory/walls/wood-fiber-composite-forms
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:58 am Reply with quote

Commonly used '60s - '70's.

Lousy key for plastering. Take off any radiator under a window and the plaster usually comes off with the rad' brackets.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:56 pm Reply with quote

Thank you both for your replies and yes had just what you described noseall, not on the same wall but I suspect it may be the same blocks, took off the rad brackets and close on 2 sq m of plaster came with it!

I would be intrested to learn if anyone knows if there was a general name for them, like other common types such as Thermalite or Breeze

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