Has anyone here made their own stress skin panels?
I've just done a microgoogle and it appears you could glue a sheet of
eps between osb, slip it into a vacuum bag and have yourself a SIP. Am
I missing anything?
> > Do you have something against manufactured SIPS?
I think quite the contrary, I looked VERY hard at using them for a new
shop that goes up in about 3 more weeks.
After you factor in the labor savings since they go up so fast, the
superior insulation qualities, and that you can just paint the inside
in some locals, or put drywall on if that's required, you are pretty
Locally I could NOT find a builder that knew what i was talking about,
and especially one that would build with them. I received 4 quotes
from manufactures, not one of them had a builder in my area.
I also wrote the www.sips.org, and never heard from a builder.
I went and looked. It would be nice if someone referring to a
relatively new product would call it by name the first reference
to it instead of xyz or whatever.
BTW, I never got to the specs at that site because they asked for
my agreement to a long list of crap and I left. I get enough
I have seen some SIPs that had drywall as the inside panel
so it was ready to tape after being nailed in place.
The APA (American Plywood Assoc., I think..) publishes pdf
documents that contain all the info required to build and
test your own panels as well as box beams, site built
gluelams, etc. Most of the info is free. Joe.
Very difficult to find info as most producers consider what they have as
"propitiatory" lol. Give thought as to how you want the panels to tongue
and groove together, research what foam is suited to sandwich between what
medium you want. Doesn't have to be same on front and back sides. Come up
with a jig to produce all panels the same +/- 1/16 inch. Not necessary to
vacuum panels together tho that would be one way. stack and weight panels
until cured or squeeze vertically.
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