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[Cob] waterproofing cobDognyard dognyard at stockroom.ca
Wed Jan 28 12:17:38 PST 2004
I know it's said you shouldn't waterproof a cob wall with anything other than perhaps a lime plaster...something breathable. However, if the house isn't completely air-tight, is there a good reason one couldn't apply a fairly waterproof seal on the cob only on the outside of the house, and allow the house to breathe from the inside? Any thoughts on this? I am from Alberta, and although we can have rainy summers which may result in some moisture build up inside a house, but in the winter, if you don't have a humidifier in your house, the air is incredibly dry all winter long. Also, would the rules of waterproofing change (again, only talking about the outside of the wall, not the inside), if the building was largely unheated, and very definitely NOT air tight...like a shed? If one put air holes through the wall, perhaps up near the eaves, would the little building breathe enough to allow one to waterproof the outer wall? Karen Clouston
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