Why I Dislike Sheetrock

I've taken same flak here and there for some of my "far out" ideas about construction techniques and how we build the buildings we do. But I've take the most flak over my opinions about sheetrock.

Now my dislike is nothing scientific. It just doesn't make sense to me. Sure it's relatively inexpensive, easy to put up, yields a continuous smooth surface, easy to repair etc. But I've seen so much bad sheetrock work, seen what water does to it, what fists can do to it! I've seen the dust from sanding, the tape, the mud...layers of complexity and monitoring.

It just seems to me that it is what it was meant to be: a cheap way to simulate a plastered wall! If you stop and consider how many sheetrock repairs you may have made over the life cycle of your house, the acoustic downside to such a wafer thin product, the dust associated with it all...you might start agreeing with me.

And to all of that, we add this tidbit from GreenSpec:

"Virtually ubiquitous in our buildings, gypsum board is widely seen as an innocuous building material. However, in the last decade, Chinese drywall has been linked with indoor air quality problems, while concerns have cropped up around waste from coal power plants and its links to drywall. 

Domestic manufacturers are quick to point out that gypsum board manufactured in the U.S. has not been linked to indoor air quality problems, but potential leaching of heavy metals and biocides included for mold resistance are among the issues that need to be addressed more thoroughly by the gypsum board industry."

Earth architecture gets my vote for all of the reasons mentioned above. It doesn't burn, doesn't harbor mold, bugs don't eat it, it dampens noise and for pete's sake will stop a .50 caliber round!

I say no to sheetrock, and yes to earthen walls!