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[Cob] Patio of cob? lime stabilizeddirtcheapbuilder-Charmaine Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Sun Apr 10 09:40:02 PDT 2005
Clint--well...considering the entire Dallas Ft Worth airport runways are all stabilized lime and clay.. I'd say so. there are hundreds of miles of runway that planes land on...still funcitoning since the 1970s when they built it. if you allow room/slope for drainage that is best. it would not be an actual COB or adobe and lime floor, but you would till the earth, and then compact it using lime as an additive, and tamp smooth. I have an article somewhere that explains this entire construction process. on a small scale it could be done. There are so many weedy parts to my little 1/3 acre that I am very tempted to do this too. another option is to lay scrap tiles, slates into the mix while setting up and protect the top layer a bit more from the rain. Having a rock border sounds nice as long as water can get out. email me off line about the articles on doing this 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 On Apr 10, 2005, at 9:26 AM, Clint Popetz wrote: > I know this has been talked about before, but an hour with google and > the > cob archives didn't turn up much. > > I want to build a patio off the back of my house. I'm imagining > something like a poured adobe > floor. Would it be possible to stabilize cob with lime, or seal it > with something natural such that if it had a small grade (say, quarter > inch per foot) and was smooth enough that water wouldn't puddle, that > it would survive with periodic re-finishing? The edges would be > urbanite, so that the transition from patio-to-garden wouldn't erode. > -Clint > > _
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