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[Cob] frozen cobjane at kirstinelund.dk jane at kirstinelund.dk
Sun Jan 2 04:54:16 PST 2005
Phil wrote: > South facing wall took rain in a heavy wind, temp dropped to well below > freezing and the cob has gone mushy/crumbly. Any ideas for a protective > coating? I'm suggesting a simple lime plaster to the homeowner but would > like more input. We just had a similar weather situation: first rain, then frost. On a newly built straw bale house with heavy clay/sand plaster painted with lime this caused one wall to get soaked and the plaster to crumble and start to fall off. Nothing has happened to the cob parts on the main house which has been coated with lime/sand/clay plaster. So i guess that lime plaster is a good solution - if it has had the time to dry and harden properly. According to an old saying lime should always be applied in the spring, before whitsun. Then it can dry slowly before the summer heat sets in, and then dry though and through during the summer. This might also be the reason for our problems as the house was lime painted in november. Anyway, clay walls are always vulnerable in a cold and wet climate, and should be protected by the roof, which should stick out at least 75 cm over the wall -- Jane Mondrup Bjedstrupvej 21 8660 Skanderborg Tlf: (+45) 87 88 51 81
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