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[Cob] Earthen floor cracks--Help!GlobalCirclenet webmaster at globalcircle.net
Mon Sep 13 18:58:33 PDT 2004
Well, Dorothy, it looks like we're not in Kansas anymore ;-) paul at largocreekfarms.com http://medicinehill.net *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 9/14/2004 at 1:12 AM dorethy at juno.com wrote: >I've just finished the 3rd layer of earthen floor. The first, over a >radiant heat coil system, was about 3 1/2 inches deep; the second, about 1 >1/2"; and the final (I thought!) layer about 5/8". All went on well, and >they all cracked a bit. I wasn't worried about the first and second >layer, but I don't know what to do now. > >I was all set to put on 4 coats of linseed oil and have it done in two >weeks or so. This layer went down over 4 days, so the first one may be >dry enough to walk on. Alas, that probably also means that it is too late >to add more mix and expect to be able to smooth over the cracks without >ruining the lovely surface I had. > >I feel sure the mix did not have too much clay. My recipe was 4 parts >finely screened sand to 1 part clay, plus a couple good handsful finely >screened chopped straw and a couple handsful strained horse & cow manure, >with just enough water to be trowelable. It's a dark, reddish chocolate >brown, and I love it, but am so disappointed it cracked at every section >line, almost; and I was so careful to roughen the edges and force enough >mix into those joined edges. > >Any ideas? Thanks! > >Dorethy from Kansas > > >________________________________________________________________ >Get your name as your email address. >Includes spam protection, 1GB storage, no ads and more >Only $1.99/ month - visit http://www.mysite.com/name today! > >_______________________________________________ >Coblist mailing list >Coblist at deatech.com >http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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