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Cob: natural remodelCharmaine R Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Tue Oct 23 09:59:31 PDT 2001
Hi Ted, I lived in a 104 yr old farmhouse too, wallpaper was Norwegian newspapers from 1923, no insulation either. But bought a 50 redwood cottage nearby, also no insulation. You can make or premake panels of papercrete or light stray clay as insulation, that don't weigh much at all. As we are coming into winter, nothing dries too fast where I am, so premaking slabs 2-6+ inches thick in the garage or near a drying heat source is best. I used the sunshine in the summer to make small "wafflecrete" panels by using box lids and laying in a mix of sawdust/clay and shredded paper with some lime, lightly packed into the lid, then dried out on the patio. these can be buttered with a clay slip, then pressed into place, the cool part is you can make them any shape or size, allow for some shrinkage, and position as needed. Then cover with wallboard, etc. In a north facing, darker bathroom I used wet wafflecrete as an insulation test and grew a lovely mold, so drying first is my best advice. Light straw clay and other fiber lend themselves well to this method, the germans do a layering of burlap, with clay slip, on a big flat table, and make entire panels...same principle. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com PO Box 6985, Eureka CA 95502
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