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Mon Dec 8 11:03:44 PST 1997
Eric Hart wrote: > > At 01:30 PM 12/6/97 -0800, you wrote: > > >>[Will Firstbrook WCB of BC] > >>Great Idea. Did you do your floor like the one described in the Cobbers > >>companion? Being a little impatient the thing I wonder about is would I wait > >>that long before I start the walls. > > > >Will - Yes, I used the directions in the "Cobbers Companion". Very easy > to understand and full of >information. My first introduction to cob floors > was at a basic cob building workshop. My second >was visiting Eric Hoel in > Salem, Oregon. He installed a cob floor prior to walling, and I was > inspired by its look, feel and practicability. > > > >As far as waiting for the floor to dry: The dying time depends on how thin > your floor "batter" is, and >upon the weather. I did not find I had to wait > any significant nail-biting time. There is ALWAYS >something to do and you > do not have to wait for a complete cure. You will be able to walk and >work > on it in its leather hard state. Besides, either way you go on the floor, > installing before or after >the wall, you are going to have to wait for it > to dry. I suspect that the floor will dry much more >quickly without walls > around it rather than waiting until after the building is up. You will get > much >more air flow. Remember though, you still want a temporary roof over > your structure. > Exactly how long did you wait for the floor to dry? How thin was > your floor 'batter'? I know somebody in Wisconsin who did an earthen floor > and it took at least two months to dry (to even be firm enough to walk on > it). So I'm curious to know how long it takes and a drying time of less > than a month would be the best. I'm thinking it wouldn't be very practical > to put in your floor and then build the walls while it dries. Floors > always get trashed during construction and I would imagine a curing floor > would be easily damaged. So, I guess you have to exterior finishing work > while the floor is drying. If you have a detailed work schedule that > involves an earthen/cob floor I would be interested in seeing it. Putting > in the sub floor and then putting up the walls sounds like a good idea. How > long does the finish coat take to dry? Its the thinnest so might only take > a week or two. > > Eric D. Hart > Community Eco-design Network > PO Box 6241 > Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406 USA > (612) 306-2326 > http://www.tc.umn.edu/nlhome/m037/kurtdand/cen/ Please delete us from list.Will hook up next summer. Tkanks
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