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[Cob] Re: insulation-AKA PARACRETEocean ocean at woodfiredeatery.com
Tue Jan 17 18:08:41 PST 2006
Hey Charmanine, Why wouldn't clay bind to they styrofoam? Isn't clay very sticky stuff? Still, I would want to use "styro-cob" as infill in a wooden post & beam structure, or in the place of "light clay" in regular 2x4 wall framing... Ocean On Jan 17, 2006, at 4:21 PM, dirtcheapbuilder-Charmaine Taylor wrote: > On Jan 17, 2006, at 3:13 PM, Will Kernan wrote: > >> I have made some test blocks at 1 to 1 and 2 to 1 ratios of cob to >> Styrofoam. The blocks are very light, don't burn, and are durable >> enough to be a wall surface. They aren't as strong as regular cob. I >> haven't found a way to quickly shred the foam, a friend is going to >> loan me a wood chipper to try. > > Hi- a builder at Mother's Trust Spiritual homestead-retreat created > Paracrete - which is cement and styrofoam dust- aka "grind" a waste. > it may be better to use cement for this type of material for > strength, and eps in clay-cob may be a hindrance, not a structural > help. the clay will not chemically bind with the eps dust. and so > weaken the overall mass. adding lime to the cob may help, but does > not solve the chemical bond issue.
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