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[Cob] Mesh/webbing choices> interior wallsDirtcheapbuilder-Charmaine Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Sun Jan 21 13:21:18 PST 2007
PAUL ASKED: Does cob lend itself to being applied to a chicken-wire frame? I'm wondering if cob can be applied to chicken-wire in the same way. Metal and cob are not so friendly, so adding a fiber that can blend the difference between the two is preferrable. I have tried cutting up sacking from coffee (burlap) thin thin cheesecloth I got free ( dip in clay slip and apply loosely, potato polypropylene sacks, cut open. etc. IF YOU USE THE CHICKEN WIRE I WOULD ALSO ADD A LAYER OF A LOOSE WEAVE FABRIC, like onion skin bags, other netting or the coir fiber (coconut husk) matting used for gardens. MY BEST fiber mesh is the stuff that peels off the back of carpet. it is NOT natural cotton- but it is FREE and comes off easily, and is in strips 6"-12" wide and can be wrapped, dipped in lime-clay, etc. I am testing it as a great salvage material for clay/cob like projects. here is a brief rundown of using it http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/frincetiqude.html you are getting a good mesh, and saving it from the landrill, and carpet stores are happy to let you take it. OK cobe PURISTS will not like this, but pick your battles... poly mesh backing is inert, is free and better than using cement or more wire mesh to make things stick well. Charmaine Taylor Publishing www.dirtcheapbuilder.com PO BOX 375 CUTTEN CA 95534 USA Tel: 707-441-1632 New Books-DVDs-CDs on Natural/House Building
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