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[Cob] RE: CoblistqueriesBob & Lorraine farmlink at bigpond.com
Sat Apr 30 15:18:04 PDT 2005
Good morning all, Well our walls of our storeroom and working shelter are over head height and still standing strong. We finished up making our cobs fairly wet and patting them onto the wall. I hope they don't shrink too much and cause cracking, but it's all part of the experiment. Has anyone any idea how long a cob wall normally has to stand in reasonable weather to show up any imperfections in construction? I have a number of queries I'm hoping you can help with: 1: If cobs are made the consistency of bread dough (I make my own bread, and bread dough is workable but much, much drier than the cobs we made), do you have to wet the outsides of each to make it adhere to the wall and its neighbors? If not, how do you go about it? 2: Cob floors - how many of you have made them, how successful were they and what did you put under them? Where we have been walking backwards and forwards over cob mix that didn't get used and dried up, it is as solid as can be, without any cracks. 3: Finishing off any kind of earth floor: why boiled linseed oil? Why not vegetable oils that are used for cooking, especially re-cycled cooking oil that has been used for hotel chip cooking? Has anyone tried it? I'm wondering if there is some special reason why linseed oil is always mentioned (plus an addition sometimes of tung oil - whatever that is) and not other plant-based oils. Or is a tradition that everyone has followed without experimenting with other oils? 4: Has anyone suggestions for inexpensive alternative roofing they have found successful and not TOO time consuming? 5: Has anyone tried laying a framework onto a level, plastic-sheet covered area and tried making a wall on the ground, drying it then standing it up and incorporating it into the building? I'm thinking of doing an experiment of making cob panels (or perhaps it should be called rammed earth, using a cob mix) to make a bench or shelves to see how successful this method would be. I love cobbing, but in our situation of having to travel miles to do a layer of cob, repeated each day, it's proving to be not a very viable method of building. 4: Are any of you cobbers out there in Australia? I've gained a lot of encouragement by being a part of this co list, and thank you all for you helpfulness and willingness to share your knowledge with others. It's great. God bless, Lorraine Zinnack, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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