bloke wrote:Gypsum wall board...OK...It's sandwiched with cardboard, and sealed away with paint...but what sort of paint? My walls are (nearly 100%) "natural" (wood), but are sealed with...what...?? How long before paint/stain/varnish fumes subside? How friggin' nasty-@$$ is any carpet? How much longer would I live were I to stay outdoors all the time...??...or in a hole dug into the side of a hill...??
My beef with these materials isn't mainly about health issues. Though I wouldn't be surprised.
But honestly, it's mainly just that it's trash. It's a material with no inherent value. I mean it has the functional virtue that it holds its shape under moderate stress and it doesn't burn, but it's ugly the day it comes out of the factory and has nowhere to go but down from there. We build our houses out of scabby 2x4s, glass wool insulation, cover it up with gypsum wallboard and then, for looks, paint it all with latex paint. (Asphalt shingles and chipboard siding on the outside, of course, plus more paint.) Then eventually it's off to the landfill with it all. "Houses made of ticky-tack."
We are lucky to have fir floors, and in probably over a century of hard use they've got scratches and dents galore, but since the beauty of this material isn't merely superficial, a scratch doesn't destroy it. In what was evidently some kind of utility room ages ago, when I removed the later carpet and paint, and sanded the wood and sealed it with a good penetrating finish, the scarred and stained old fir is even more beautiful.