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[Cob] What About African Grass for Straw in Cob Mix?Amanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Tue May 4 16:09:16 PDT 2004
Rice straw, sure. "capim"? how long does it last as a roof? if a good long time--however defined!--AND if it seems to be strong when wet, like in a cob mix--then sure. But also ask--how long do the just plain mud (brick, wattle and daub, how??) houses last. If basic maintenance for as long as it is occupied is renewing the sacrificial coating on the outside and putting a new roof on it, then cob might not be any improvement. You'd get to renew the sacrificial/decorative in that area? coating just as often. Are houses abandoned or even torn down when the women who occupied them die? Is shorter building life due to social causes or to construction failure? I don't know anything at all about the area, just asking. Earthquake frequency? might make cob a better idea. (It's not really necessary to copy everything that might be in a thread when you compose a message.) ;-) ..................... Kyle and Ginger write: Hello, I'm writing this email from Mocambique. I am planning on moving out into the bush and working with the rural people in the north of the country. I want to build a simple house with cob. Many of the people here obviously build earthen houses, but they do not use straw in their mud mix. I am wanting to expirement with cob here to see if it could be a good development project with housing that lasts longer and is stronger. Anyway, I am looking into the types of straw that I could use. The people grow rice, so maybe I could use rice straw. But many people use the "capim" or high grass for their straw roofs. This straw is not a hollow straw. It is basically a really tall grass. Any thoughts? Would this "capim" work with cob? Or is this the hay stuff I need to stay away from? Any wisdom and help would really help. Thanks Kyle _________________________________________________________________ Is your PC infected? Get a FREE online computer virus scan from McAfee® Security. http://clinic.mcafee.com/clinic/ibuy/campaign.asp?cid=3963
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