We have just had the ‘Build and Eco-Friendly, Allergy-Free House‘ termite proofed. For those of you who cannot watch the video below, it goes like this:
Termimesh, the company we used, come out just after the concrete slab is laid: they cover all incoming pipes and conduits with a steel mesh they glue on. Later, after the frame is up and the cladding is ready to go on—in this case, bricks, stone, timber and corrugated iron (Colourbond)—is about to be applied, they come in again for stage 2, adhering the mesh via glue to the edge of the slab surrounding the whole house.
I have another post coming up with the complete details on Termimesh later. So consider this ‘Part 1: Termimesh for Termite Proofing your Home’.
It’s also a vegan way of termite proofing your home. Yes, you are depriving them of food but trust me, there’s plenty of that out in the surrounding bush of my house for them to sink their little teeth into. However, if termites do get into your home, you’ll have trouble selling it and it may just fall down around your ears. The staircase can even become unsafe; they eat that quickly once they get in and make their tunnelled homes. They kind of take over, like vegans.
Also, as in our case: many councils insist that buildings be termite proofed. That leaves three ways: Apply Termimesh (has a 25 year guarantee!); apply the Termimesh and the poison to the underground posts or conduits and plumbing; or just use poison all around and under the house (the last two options need to be re-applied yearly to five yearly depending on what company you use.
If you or an occupant have asthma, or any condition where you or they are impacted on via chemicals, then the complete Termimesh solution is the answer for you. It was for me.
Firstly, more on the term ‘veganism’ from the Vegan Revolution Podcasts:
The term “Veganism’ is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
This applies to humans too, if you’re to include us as animals or mammals. Though, I’ve just learnt plenty of people are offended by the comparison. However, in all you do, please attempt to do no harm. It’s pretty simple. And it goes both ways: harm the planet; harm ourselves and other species.
Sure, we need chemicals: they’re an important part of our existence on this planet and we’d be hard pressed to live without them. But if you or a family member are immune compromised in any way, then Termimesh is probably for you.
Enjoy my foray into video making. And house building.
And, here is an entertaining, albeit re-educationg, podcast for you:
The T-shirt I am wearing in the video can be bought from Anticarnist.com. “No, not Anti-Christ, Mum. Anticarnist!” The Anticarnist t-shirt’s symbolism depicts:
“The raised hand with the index finger and thumb touching is the gesture of intellectual discussion (Vitarka Mudra). The left hand symbolises meditation, but is also a nod towards the ‘Earth witness’ gesture (Bhumisparsha Mudra).”
And it’s about the cult of Carnism where people are trained from birth to put other species flesh and excretions into their mouths without making the connection that they’re eating someone not something. Read more over at: Anticarnist.com