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[Cob] Sarah Kopp is in israel?dirtcheapbuilder-Charmaine Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Wed Mar 16 09:05:37 PST 2005
I remember an Israeli woman on the Strawbale list..Sarah Kopp .. she was really gung ho on her SB home, and clay- lime plastering it... but have not hear from her. I went over to the staw bale archives at http://www.crest.org/ under discussion groups- straw bale and found this email: She bought some books from me and was so dedicated to learning better ways to build... and said the older men in the community know what she was talking about ( lime) but everyone made her use cement for plasters..and she had some failures with it. hope this helps. her address email may be different from 2000! Charmaine Taylor Publishing books at dirtcheapbuilder.com PO Box 375 Cutten CA 95534 USA -- 707-441-1632 www.dirtcheapbuilder.com & www.papercrete.com New& Used books: www.biblio.com kopp at kinneret.kinneret.co.il the mud I am working with is not so ammenable. One of the first > things I tried with this stuff was soaking it in an excessive amount of > water, figuring to use the slip ala Huff 'n' Puff to wet down the bales > prior to slapping on the first coat of plaster. Here's what happened: > > I filled a wheelbarrow half full of clay and topped it with water, letting > it soak overnight. Then I tried to mix it with the hoe, but it was too > sticky. I topped it with water again and left it on the front porch > (concrete patio). Then we had a few days of rain, and I didn't go in to > work on the house. When the weather cleared up, that barrow was full of > water but the clay was sitting on the bottom, still in waxy lumps, still > impossible to mix with a hoe. In fact, the waxy lumps are harder to break > up than the dry ones, which can be smashed with a hammer. It soaks up water > but the particles don't disperse. I have tried cutting lumps into chunks in > the slip and then mixing, but they re-clump into a big waxy mass. The ONLY > way I have been able to break this stuff up in such a way as to disperse it > through the water is to mash it with sand. > > The other problem with the soak and dry method id that it take to much time > to produce too small an amount of plaster. I thought of renting a cement > mixer, but I am not confidnt it will help disperse the clay in water - I > imagine the clay tumbling around in there and glomming itself into a > gigantic ball - unless perhaps one deliberately added a lot of big sharp > rocks to break it up? I don't know - the pug mill idea sounds like the best > so far and I am looking for one of those to give it a try. > > Sarah > Tsfat, Israel > -----Original Message----- > From: BlessMahSol at aol.com <BlessMahSol at aol.com> > To: strawbale at crest.org <strawbale at crest.org> > Date: éåí ùðé 29 îàé 2000 06:14 > Subject: Re: Mud plaster tips and bugs > > > >Sarah's comments about her mud being difficult to mix made me wonder if > >simply making an extremely soupy mix to make mixing easier would be OK, so > of > >course > >I posed the question to the Master Mudder (who is also a new fodder) (Bill > >Steen of course) and his response is below. > > > >>> In a message dated 5/24/00 > >>> kopp at kinneret.kinneret.co.il (Itchy Sarah) writes: > >>> > >>> Here's my best working system to date: soak a double amount of mud in > >>> water overnight. Add sand and work with hands in the morning - there is > >>> absolutely no way to break this stuff up On Mar 16, 2005, at 4:18 AM, joey cousin wrote: > 23-year old israeli seeks cob, strawbale, adobe, etc., project in > israel, would love to help, learn, enjoy > thanks in advance > alex > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist > >
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