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    Old vs new methods

    The 120 year old fixing… The twisted wooden peg, a.k.a the ‘dochen’ made from temperate softwood is a wonderfully strong fixing point you will find throughout older houses if you have cause to peel back the layers. I never knew about them until learning about hempcrete insulation retrofit, and seeing photos was not enough to truly understand what beautifully simple yet ingenious marvels they are. Only after seeing them in person and putting all your weight into trying to pull them out, do you realise just how strong they are & grasp how useful they can be. They can compress and expand to some extent as needed, retaining a strong…