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[Cob] reinforcing!!laythss at yahoo.com laythss at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 21 18:51:56 PST 2004
Hello all, First of all, This question is for my architectural masters thesis. I was wondering your thoughts about how to reinforce a cob structure. (to be approved by local authorities). I am in california. what i was thinking of is adding 5% cement to the cob walls, using a reinforced cement foundation along with a wooden (or cement) bond beam for the top, and reinforcing the walls with rebar. The problem is this method seems to contradict the original idea of building with cob (adobe or rammed earth for that matter). I was not able to get the New Zealand standards to see what they are doing (it seems there must be a better way, especially for rammed earth, since How are you supposed to ram the soil if you have rebar sticking out). I hope to hear your ideas, comments, links, insights. Every, and any thing is helpful for me. Layth
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