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Cob: poured countertopsCharmaine R Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Tue Oct 16 19:17:41 PDT 2001
Dear Dubya (W)- I have been experimenting with clay and lime, and have gotten such sturdy results I AM going to do a poure- in-place SMALL counter top on a side cabinet. I have been talking about the poured cement ones, but with a clay/adobe only you are going to have probems with grease, water and pressure- from heavy pots and such..a solid mud counter is not a good long term idea I think. But when you add lime to clay you get Roman cement, an early form of Portland cement, and I currently have large outdoor pottery bowls which hold water, and other objects that don't errode at all, and are as strong feeling as stone. So that is my 'green"choice. it's the lime of course giviing he stone -like surface, and the clay makes it easy to spread and bond. so for all the green concerned folks, i'd say try that. a 30/70 lime clay with fiber is needed..I used just shredded paper for my bowls..no cracks, splits, or soggy parts, even after a year outside holding rainwater, frogs, etc...:> But to have the courage to actually build it into the kitchen..well, that's why I want to do a small counter first before comitting to the whole project. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com http://www.northcoast.com/~tms
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