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[Cob] new earthen floor on old concrete floorJack Stephens organicjack at vei.net
Thu Aug 24 10:56:07 PDT 2006
Hi Sabrina, Tom and Satomi Lander have done some beautiful earthen floors (don't let their humility deceive you). I worked on a floor this summer with them in New Mexico and Tom was enthusiastic about doing earthen floors over radiant heat concrete. They describe their method on their website http://www.landerland.com/efloor/efloor_inst.html. Good luck with your project! Jack ________________________________________________________ Jack Stephens The Natural Building Network, mail to:jack at nbnetwork.org, http://www.naturalbuildingnetwork.org, (541)344-5436. 10am-4pm Pacific Time. Natural Building news, information on workshops, builders, contractors, designers, architects, publications, resources, etc. Connect with the Natural Building community! NBN is a non-profit organization. Join today and receive a free issue of CobWeb or the Last Straw Journal. ________________________________________________________ -----Original Message----- From: coblist-bounces at deatech.com [mailto:coblist-bounces at deatech.com] On Behalf Of Sabrina Free Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2006 7:42 AM To: cob list Subject: [Cob] new earthen floor on old concrete floor Hi, Basically lurked here for going on 10 years, but have a question finally. I rent a warehouse for my business, and am trying to make a somewhat liveable area for myself, for the least amount of money possible. My house recently sold and until I decide where to live, am going to live here, (albeit not exactly legally). There are cement floors and randomly spaced plumbing, so have to work within these parameters as I do not have the access to change the plumbing without letting on to the landlord that I am living here. The place where I need my laundry / kitchen / bathing area was used for working on cars at one point, refinishing furniture another. The cement floor is horribly dirty and scrubbing 20 times has barely touched it. I still get dirt. I could throw down a loose piece of vinyl floor to solve the problem but figured it might be nice to get some natural building practice in and kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. So, am thinking to put an earthen floor on top of it and see what happens. My question is this: Does anyone have any ideas about whether or not the earthen floor will actually bond with (or NEED to bond with) the concrete floor below? Am thinking grease on the concrete and a problem. I can't put a nice sand / gravel base down as I am only doing a small section of floor. Besides being dirty the concrete floor is pretty lumpy and uneven. Also: I don't necessarily want to do the entire warehouse, especially not at one time. Am thinking to do small sections, building a removeable frame to enclose each section and then possibly expanding it to another section and so on. Thanks in advance, Sabrina Free _______________________________________________ Coblist mailing list Coblist at deatech.com http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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