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[Cob] adobe infill wall- Utah- Nogging?Dirtcheapbuilder-Charmaine tms at northcoast.com
Thu Sep 27 00:28:54 PDT 2007
On Sep 26, 2007, at 9:48 PM, Monica Proulx wrote: I would be interested in hearing from anyone with knowledge about use of adobe bricks in Utah or western homes. T It turns out that our "new" (to us) 103 yr old two story frame house (Utah) has adobe bricks (they turn into mud if you get them wet) mortared up between the wall studs up to the roof line, with lath and plaster over this. I am interested in the reason for bricking between studs. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Monica- It sound like take off on "nogging" -a method of bricks, or stone chips mortared in clay between frames of posts, wood, lath and then plastered over. this is a quite old method- early European, 1600s and even older, in a more primitive fashion. Infilling between studs has been an issue since wood framing/pole buildings & timberframe began. Since insulation was unknown, it was logical to fill in with a clay or lime mortar, and use local stones, or make bricks and set them in place. the whole wall was then plastered over, and the walls were basically fire resistant. since people built fences and walls with blocks and rocks, it was probably a natural application, and it stopped drafts. Examples of stunningly beautiful homes in Normandy, France still exist. "Manor Houses of Normandy" ( there is a whole book about them -http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/mahoofnotino.html these homes had brick pieces and whole bricks mortared between posts. if there was a tradition of clay brick in UT/ SW area, then placing them in between studs was a faster way to build. a straight line wall of adobe blocks need reinforcement, and curves to keep strength. Slapping up the frame and putting in premade adobes was prolly a very fast way to complete the home? Your local Historical Society or college/major library may have information on old buildings of UT. Charmaine Taylor Publishing Monster SALE on Books & Videos http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com/mobovisa.html Tel: 1-707-441-1632 Eureka, Calif.
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