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[Cob] Question from a list newbieAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 15 21:04:51 PDT 2004
I don't know about things called "manufactured homes," but I have a couple of friends with "trailers" that qualify as old and crummy, which I wouldn't think about putting any more weight on their floors than necessary, especially over the existing holes. Also talked to a woman a year or so ago who I think got some money from the trailer company when she fell through the floor of her year-old trailer. It's a ways down to the ground. Even if it's in good condition, it's still a lot of weight, and a lot of slow-drying water that could mess up plywood (bad enough) or particle board (the worst case, and depending on year the most likely) or OSB floor below. What I did with my tamped gravel equivalent of a subfloor was to put about an inch and a quarter of pretty well packed down--mallet or slapped around a lot with a big masonry trowel--clay sand woodship, quite a bit drier than most concrete. We'll see. The samples looked good. We tried for a trowel finish on the mixture, and most of the wood chips disappeared quite nicely. We'll see, we'll see. Pictures one of these days. What you may have time to do is make samples. A bag of sand, a bucket of clay from a road cut or ditch, wood chips from your friendly local woodworker. Mix by hand or foot, spread out in or on something--board, large bowl, let dry slowly. If it cracks, less clay/more sand, if it crumbles easily, more clay, less sand. No clays out of a ditch are going to be pure clay, sand varies in its ability to support the clay, so your first trial may be horrible. Maybe even as bad as spreading pure lime--no sand--on what is now the toad house. Boy, did that look silly. One of my samples, with a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil (buy it that way, boiled dries faster, but the process of heating it is a "don't try this at home children" it can explode if you go too far or too fast or something.) set out in the rain and weather for months, still looks pretty good. .............. Bonnie asks (snipped): I would like to replace my crummy old manufactured home with a cob cottage, but it's going to be a couple-3 years before I can do that. My problem is that I REALLY need to replace the flooring in my house now. I'm wondering whether I can put an earthen floor into an existing house. I was thinking that I could rip up the crummy old carpet and put down...maybe...1 or 1 1/2 inches of tamped cob, with 1/4 or 1/2 inches of poured adobe over that. Will I ruin the subfloor if I do that? Will that much thermal mass be enough to help keep my house cooler on hot summer days? Am I completely off my rocker? _________________________________________________________________ MSN Toolbar provides one-click access to Hotmail from any Web page FREE download! http://toolbar.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200413ave/direct/01/
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