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re [Cob] Papercrete cobAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 19 08:03:28 PDT 2004
I haven't tried it yet, glad someone is! I'm also glad to see a thread here!!! But I can see a couple of potential problems--answer these, and then go for it! a) be sure and test your mix for FIRE. Rumor hath it that with too much paper, it will smolder, not appear to be burning at all until it collapses in a pile of ashes. More concrete, or maybe clay and sand will be what it needs. Also test for shrinkage and cracking. b) how are you going to drain your paper mix? hope that dry clay and sand will be enough? It might well work that way, but I suspect that you do need your paper to be well soaked--no longer paper, but just fiber. c) one of the reasons for using straw is that those long strands have a lot of tensile strength, which the short fibers in chopped paper will not. Do you need that? maybe, maybe not. I sure wouldn't start a house until after I'd seen what a bench and maybe a fairly thin wall (back on the bench?) would do. ............... D. Strong replies to Pam: That's funny, I was all ready to ask if anyone had tried cobbing with Fidobe-should probably call it someting like "fob" as fidobe goes more with making-bricks. I tried to make a little fob-house model, it turned into a flop-house. LOL! I did it wrong, I didn't even let the paper dissolve in water first. I am going to make another model, first dissoving the paper in water, but only mixing it minimally with my hand-to simulate what would happen if we were to mix it in a tarp instead of a washing mashine. I'll tell you how it goes, LOL! _________________________________________________________________ Check out Election 2004 for up-to-date election news, plus voter tools and more! http://special.msn.com/msn/election2004.armx
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