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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/28/2009 7:41:17 PM

Well, I finally got the chance to actually lay my hands on some Buildblock today.

I'd read a great deal about Buildblock (and several other ICF systems) back when I was deciding which one to use for Tanglewood, and knew most of the technical details about the system. I hadn't actually seen it "live," though, but the opportunity to do so finally arose at a Home & Garden show in nearby Canon City this weekend.   We got an email from them that they'd have a booth and the show and we figured this would be a fine way to spend a nice Saturday afternoon (yes, we're weird that way), so off we went!

It was a very informative visit.  Buildblock had an excellent setup with a partial wall/V-buck setup along the back and a "table" made of Buildblock ICF with rebar and covered with a glass top so you could look "down" into it.  The table in particular was a very good way of demonstrating what the system looks like when it's all put together.  Looking over the block I was even more impressed with their craftsmanship, precision, and the way they're marked--the 1" rulings along each side are excellently done, and the sinks for drywall anchors are clearly marked and more than large enough.  The "Lego-style" nubs along the top of each block are very well crafted to fit together with other blocks very cleanly, and the internal webbing is thick and appears very strong--there will be no problems inserting the rebar into these blocks!

We chatted with one of the local reps (the primary rep whom Colleen met down in Oklahoma City at the Buildblock class wasn't there due to illness) and it was a very positive meeting.  He was even able to take time to explain a couple of different truss/ledge systems that we could choose from for the roof along the second floor, so I learned something out of the whole thing.

All in all, a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Steven in Colorado Springs

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