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Thank you for a great link Worthy. However, I disagree with your implication that the OP is wrong to expect his/her builder to build a house that will keep the water OUTSIDE. Rain water should be dealt with. Period.

Yes, it's true that houses used to survive water intrusion. However, that was when houses were built with real wood and not wood fibers compressed with glue (which, as you surely know is ideal mold food).

After only one year I saw first hand, with my own eyes, the damage water can cause a house without a good drainage plane system. I firmly believe that the only reason others aren't aware of the damage to their homes built with crappy or non-existent drainage planes is because they haven't pulled the siding off like we did.

OP - I believe you are well within your rights to expect your builder to build a house that is going to be safe for human habitation (if mold and rot take over, it will not be safe to live in). The information I provided for you is not just random stuff I googled up - it is tried and true and based upon recommendations from our structural engineers provided to us when we had to tear apart and rebuild the crap my builder built.

Yes, ideally this information should be included in your contract. However, it is not a perfect world. If we had to include every possible thing in a contract, the contract would be so big it would take a truck to move it (and no builder would ever read it).

Some things are just basic, for example, does your contract state that you want water to come out of the faucet? That you want electricity to turn on the lights? That you want doors to open and close? Some things are just too basic. Just like keeping the elements, such as rain OUTSIDE. That's the whole purpose of building shelter.

Worthy is correct, however, that anyone in the planning stages should do everything possible to include every possible thing in the contract, right down to what nails to use, how many and where to nail them because when push comes to shove in a courtroom, you need something on your side when your builder is a moron.

Worthy is also correct that incorrectly applied housewrap and flashing can cause water problems. Make sure your builder does the job right. If you personally don't know the the correct applications, hire someone who does - like a structural engineer. Do NOT pay your builder until the job is done right. Do NOT count on your city building inspectors (I have first hand knowledge that they sometimes don't even bother showing up to the building site to approve the work).

Get your builder to do the job right. A little hassle with him now is much better than spending years battling in court while trying to repair what he screwed up.


How can I make my 1887 plain white house exterior more interesting?

Really nice house.

There is some white from the fascia on the underside of the shingles of the porch roof but that's not noticeable from a distance. If, however, you want a bit less white, you could paint the fascia the same gray as is dominant in the roofing but leave the window and door trim white.

Where is the driveway? is the building behind the house your garage?

Really like the Hydrangeas. Grass seems a lot healthier with the season change and your care.

Did you do anything to upgrade the steps and/or sidewalk? If not, you might consider cladding

the steps with brick or stone pavers and outlining your sidewalk with stone as well, leaving the tops of the outline material ground level.

You could then create a planting area along one side or both sides of the sidewalk or just

outline the wider sidewalk with a planting of a low growing plant you like that grows well where you live (?Liriope?) .

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Not to be confused with Tyvak.

Tyvek () is a brand of flashspunhigh-density polyethylenefibers, a synthetic material; the name is a registered trademark of the DuPont company, known for their production of chemicals and textiles. Tyvek is often used as housewrap, a synthetic material used to protect buildings during construction, or as personal protective equipment[1] The material is difficult to tear, but can easily be cut with scissors or a knife. Water vapor can pass through Tyvek, but liquid water cannot. All of these properties have led to Tyvek being used in a variety of applications.


Tyvek is a nonwoven product consisting of spun bond olefin fiber. It was first discovered in 1955 by a researcher for the DuPont textile company working in an experimental lab, who noticed a type of white fluff coming out of a pipe.[2] That fluff was a form of polyethylene, which DuPont requested a patent for within a year of the discovery. After technologies improved during the next few years, in 1959 DuPont discovered that when the fluff was spun at high speeds it produced a durable fabric that was able to be cut with a blade. While the product Tyvek was used since 1959, DuPont did not trademark the actual brand until 1965, making it available for commercial purposes in April 1967.[3] As of 1970, Tyvek had reached the mainstream construction industry on both a national and global scale, and is often used for the construction of houses due to its ability to keep out liquid, while allowing vapor through.[4] In 1972, DuPont released Tyvek packaging for sterile instruments that were to be used by surgeons and doctors in the medical field.[5]

21st century[edit]

In 2017, the DuPont company merged with another chemical company, The Dow Chemical Company to form DowDuPont. DowDuPont currently manufactures Tyvek at the Spruance plant in Richmond, Virginia, and in Sandweiler-Contern, Luxembourg. In 2018, DowDuPont announced plans to expand the Tyvek production capacity of the Sandweiler-Contern factory.[6]

Scientific characteristics and properties[edit]

Tyvek USPS Express Mail envelope

Adhesion and bonding[edit]

DuPont recommends starch, dextrin, casein, and animal-basedadhesives over most synthetic-based adhesives, emphasizing the effectiveness of water-based and quick-drying glues as the best for bonding Tyvek both to itself and to a variety of substrates. DuPont also claims that the following adhesives are highly effective:

Heat sealing can be used to melt Tyvek and cause it to bond to itself, but this form of bonding tends to create puckers in the otherwise flat material. Dielectric bonding can be effective in some circumstances, as is ultrasonic welding.[7]


Though Tyvek superficially resembles paper (for example, it can be written and printed on), it is plastic, and it cannot be recycled with paper. Some Tyvek products are marked with the #2 resin-code for HDPE, and can be collected with plastic bottles as part of some municipal curbside recycling programs. DuPont runs a program in the United States where disposable clothing, coveralls, lab coats, medical packaging and other non-hazardous Tyvek disposable garments can be recycled, as well as providing a mail-in recycling program for envelopes.[8]

Recently, plastic bag recycling has become more prevalent. According to the American Chemistry Council, these plastic film drop-off locations accept Tyvek.[9]

Properties of Tyvek[edit]

According to DuPont's Web site, the fibers are 0.5–10 μm (compared to 75 μm for a human hair). The nondirectional fibers (plexifilaments) are first spun and then bonded by heat and pressure, without binders.[10]

Tyvek is also:

  • Light weight
  • Class 1 flammability rating
  • Chemical resistant
  • Dimensional stabilized
  • Opaque
  • Neutral pH
  • Tear resistant



  • Large sheets of Tyvek are frequently used as "housewrap," to provide an air barrier between the outer cladding of a structure and the frame, insulation, etc., allowing water vapor to pass yet restricting air infiltration.[11]
  • Tyvek was used to cover and protect the Reaction Control System (RCS) thruster ports from water and debris while the shuttle stack was exposed on the launchpad during the latter years of the Space Shuttle program.[12] The Tyvek covers were dislodged shortly after ignition and before the shuttle cleared the tower, posing no strike risk as the shuttle was travelling below 100 MPH.[13]
  • Tom Sachs used Tyvek for the outer shell of the spacesuits used in his Space Program series of artworks.[14]

Government use[edit]


Fashion/personal use[edit]

  • Race bibs, or race numbers are often produced on Tyvek paper, so they are less likely to rip during competition.[citation needed]
  • Tyvek is often used in garment and other textile labeling due to high durability and washability.[19]
  • Tyvek wristbands are used at festivals, conventions, and events where admission and security are concerns,[20] as well as hospitals, resorts, nightclubs, schools, and reunions.
  • More recently fashion retailer and manufacturer American Apparel has included white Tyvek shorts as part of its range.[21]
  • In 1976, fashion house Fiorucci made an entire collection out of Tyvek.[22]
  • The ultralight backpacking community has begun to use Tyvek for the construction of extremely light yet durable backpacks.[23] In 2012, The Open Company released a foldable city map made of one of the stiffer variants of Tyvek.[24]
  • Increasingly, reused Tyvek material is being used by home crafters. Protective sleeves for Compact Discs and DVDs, tote bags,[25] and origami wallets [26][27] also use Tyvek-containing materials.
  • Tyvek is also used as a durable fabric in shoes.[28][29]


  • Tyvek is extensively used for laboratory and medical packaging as the material withstands conditions such as Gamma irradiation or Ethylene Oxide gas which are used to sterilize equipment and surgical devices.[30][31]
  • NSW Police, Australia uses Tyvek overalls to preserve the integrity of forensic evidence at a crime scene, while also protecting "the wearer from the risk of exposure to biological substances, dirt and liquid splashes."[32]

Personal protective equipment (PPE)[edit]

  • Tyvek coveralls are one-piece garments, usually white, commonly worn by mechanics, oil industry workers, painters, insulation installers, and laboratory and cleanroom workers where disposable, one-time use coverall is needed. They are also used for some light HAZMAT applications, such as asbestos and radiation work, but do not provide the protection of a full hazmat suit. Tychem is a sub-brand of Tyvek rated for a higher level of liquid protection, especially from chemicals. DuPont makes Tyvek clothing in different styles from laboratory coats and aprons to complete head-to-toe coveralls with hoods and booties. The latter was notably used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as emergency limited CBRN gear during the Fukushima nuclear incident.[33]
  • Tyvek coveralls, coats or bodysuits are often used during pandemics for example in the 2013–2016 Western African Ebola virus epidemic or in the COVID-19 pandemic to protect health care workers from infection.[34][35] The Tyvek suits which are most frequently used during the COVID-19 pandemic are sold between $5-$15 USD per piece.[36] Due to a lack of sufficient stock of adequate PPE during the coronavirus crisis, Tyvek PPE became scarce in many places.[37][38] Tyvek bodysuits are generally meant for one-time use. However, Tychem suits contaminated with the virus SARS-CoV-2 can be disinfected and reused a limited number of times.[39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Coccolini, Federico; Perrone, Gennaro; Chiarugi, Massimo; Di Marzo, Francesco; Ansaloni, Luca; Scandroglio, Ildo; Marini, Pierluigi; Zago, Mauro; De Paolis, Paolo; Forfori, Francesco; Agresta, Ferdinando; Puzziello, Alessandro; d'Ugo, Domenico; Bignami, Elena; Bellini, Valentina; Vitali, Pietro; Petrini, Flavia; Pifferi, Barbara; Corradi, Francesco; Tarasconi, Antonio; Pattonieri, Vittoria; Bonati, Elena; Tritapepe, Luigi; Agnoletti, Vanni; Corbella, Davide; Sartelli, Massimo; Catena, Fausto (2020). "Surgery in COVID-19 patients: Operational directives". World Journal of Emergency Surgery. 15 (1): 25. doi:10.1186/s13017-020-00307-2. PMC 7137852. PMID 32264898.
  2. ^admin. "Tyvek brand - For Greater Good". Archived from the original on 2007-12-07.
  3. ^"DuPont Tyvek Marks 40 Years of Energy Efficiency and Protection". DuPont. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09.
  4. ^"History of Weather Barrier". Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  5. ^"DuPont Tyvek for Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging"(PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  6. ^"DuPont Announces $400 Million Tyvek Expansion". Nonwovens Industry Magazine - News, Markets & Analysis for the Nonwovens Industry. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  7. ^"Seaming and Sealing with DuPont Tyvek". DuPont. 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^admin. "Recycling - DuPont Tyvek for Industrial Packaging - DuPont USA". Archived from the original on 2015-01-05.
  9. ^"Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Collection: National Reach Study"(PDF). Moore Recycling Associates Inc.
  10. ^Product Handbook for DuPont Tyvek
  11. ^DuPont: Tyvek Weatherization SystemsarchivePdf
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  13. ^Dashcam on a Space Shuttle - FRONT WINDOW launch. 2 March 2011 – via YouTube.
  14. ^Keats, Jonathon. "Artist Tom Sachs' DIY Space Program Is Outmaneuvering Elon Musk And NASA With Plywood And Tyvek". Forbes.
  15. ^"Upgrading driver licences from paper to photo (Factsheet 54) - NZ Transport Agency".
  16. ^Costa Rica Tyvek Envelopes
  17. ^Isle of Man Bradvek Banknotes
  18. ^Haitian Tyvek Banknotes 1980 and 1982 issues
  19. ^"Printed Tyvek Labels - Fast Turnaround - Hi-Tech Printing & Labeling -".
  20. ^
  21. ^"Tyvek Short - Shop American Apparel". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  22. ^"What is Tyvek? Everything You Need to Know - Doranix". Doranix. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  23. ^McNall, Ralph. "Tyvek Backpack". Forum Post.
  24. ^Doctorow, Cory (February 2012). "Clever-folding tyvek San Francisco map, with out-of-the-way landmarks". Blog Post. Boing Boing. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  25. ^"DuPont Tyvek for Disc Packaging Sleeves". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  26. ^How to make a Tyvek Wallet on YouTube
  27. ^CD DVD DuPont White Tyvek Sleeves with 4" Clear Window and Flap (Automated Packaging Grade) 100 PackAmazon
  28. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^"No Canvas, No Leather: A Reboot for the Sneaker". The New York Times. 31 August 2014.
  30. ^"New Products and Services". Infection Control. 3 (4): 342–348. 1982. doi:10.1017/S0195941700056459. JSTOR 30146417.
  31. ^"Medical Device Packaging | DuPont Tyvek 1073B". DuPont USA. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  32. ^workflow-process-service. "Crime scene protection with DuPontTM Tyvek | DuPont South Africa". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  33. ^Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities. Japan Security Watch. July 13th 2011. Accessed 11th October 2014.
  34. ^(PDF)
  35. ^"DuPont Response to Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19)".
  36. ^Seema Mody (2020-02-21). "DuPont ramps up safety suit production as coronavirus causes shortages in China". CNBC.
  37. ^"U.S. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus".
  38. ^"Personal Protective Equipment Donations | Press Releases | County Administrator's Office | County of Sonoma".
  39. ^"Cleaning Guidelines for DuPontTM Tychem® garments for COVID-19"(PDF).

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House wrap without words on it????

Thanks for all replies.
Apparently that stuff lasts longer than they claim. There is a house nearby that remodelled an older house about 5 years ago. The wrapped the entire house with house wrap, put vinyl siding on the front, back and one side. The left the other side with only house wrap. It remained for at least one full year. Now, 5 years later, 75% is bare wood. I am not the only person that has commented about this eyesore. I was told the guy never finishes a job. He does it because he dont have to pay taxes for improvements until they are completed. However, I have a feeling he will eventually pay much more for replacing the sheathing and possibly even structural damage. Some people are just clueless. I do agree, painting the plywood would be better. Actually I built a shed using half inch plywood sheathing. I intended to side it, but was short on cash. I found a rebate offer for Olympic Stain, where it ended up costing about $5 a gallon. I bought the solid stain, gave the shed 2 coats, and that was 5 years ago. The wood is still intact and I liked the look of the stain, so I just left it. I put furring strips on the seams and stained them too. Before I installed the strips, I caulked the seams.

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Are they tortured?" Well, so, they are dreams, that is, they do not torture me, but they overwhelm me. And it is not people who dream, but feelings and music. I wake up and think about it, and then I decided that it was all for a reason and began to wait for something unearthly. And now this unearthly has come, or rather the underground.

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