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[Cob] Strange Idea yes or no?Amanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 20 13:45:09 PST 2005
Nah, no gaps to speak of, just a little less dense along the outside. The woman who wrote the British straw-bale book has a long section on how to deform a bale to form a curve (she's joking--I hope). Then put it up. Don't remember exactly what she recommended, but kicks and knees both work. I think it might be better to put the curve in so that the strings are on top. That means that the hollow straws are in/out rather than up/down. Up/down gives you a bit more insulation. In/out might breathe better. And the strings aren't visible, so it's easier to cut channels etc. Beth wrote: One more thing - since it is round, you'll have a lot of gaps on the outside edge which you will need to pack tightly either with plain straw or straw dipped in clay slip. Be sure to minimise these gaps by curving the bales slightly which is easiest to do with bales laying string-side up in the wall. This also makes better adhesion for the plaster, but also loses some insulation value because the hollow straw is conducting between inside and out.
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