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Building materials

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Building materials

Post Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:38 am

I'm a carpenter/builder planning to build a small cabin for myself in the mountains south of San Jose. I'm starting to think about the design, but don't know what lumber dimensions are readily available.
Can someone tell me what I can expect to find in the racks around Cartago or the capitol? I'll want to insulate as well as possible- will I find fibreglass insulation?
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:19 am

I built a wood cabin several years ago. We found it was cheaper to go to the saw mill and order directly. In that case you can almost specify the measurement you want.

As for at the depot, it can be a bit confusing. For length they charge in "varas". That is an old carpentry measurement which I am not sure the English equivalent. 86 centimeters is the metric length (which is 33.85 inches). You ask for whatever thickness and width you want and then you can get the necessary length: 1, 2.5, 3, 4 or 5 "varas"

The thickness and width are in inches common measurments:
1" x 3" en 1, 2.5, 3, 4 o 5 "varas" (would be the way to ask for it at the depot)
1" x 2"
1" x 1"
1" x 4"
3" x 3"
Are all common measurements. Other measurements like 2"x 4" can be special ordered a day or two in advance.

Another possiblity is to work with cured Eucalyptus. This is plantation grown, vacuum treated wood. Guaranteed to be bug free and not rot for 50 years I believe. One company is Xilo:
www.grupoxilo.com/index.php

Posts come in 3" 6" round sizes and they also have new pine studs for ceilings or lofts and floors.


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Re: Building materials

Post Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:21 am

BTW I don't see what you would want insulation for if you are building in the mountains. Almost no residence in Costa Rica has insulation. Not that you couldn't get it, but I don't think it would be cheap.


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