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[Cob] RototillerDamon Howell dhowell at pickensprogress.com
Wed May 14 12:20:55 PDT 2008
Hi Mitch, I tried the rototiller once for about a minute then quickly decided it took just as much energy as mixing it with a tarp. But I was only mixing a a small batch of, say, 10 gallons, and the tiller would just throw the cob everywhere (Very discouraging!) I imagine if you do more like 100 gallons (so you could really dig the machine in) it may work better. I also tried driving over it with a four wheeler, but all my clay just stuck to the tires. So far, the best way I've found is the tarp method, unless you want to mix it really wet and let it sit for awhile to stiffen up. Damon in GA Message: 5 Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 09:04:52 -0500 (CDT) From: Mitch Ventura <h_anpyp at yahoo.com> Subject: [Cob] Rototiller To: coblist at deatech.com Message-ID: <269377.82351.qm at web36804.mail.mud.yahoo.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 Am still gathering as much info as I can on cob building prior to my cob project sometime in late 2010 (when I should be finished here in Iraq... still a perfect region for cob but may not ever see that technology, ironic as that may seem); this Forum has been a great source for data and links to other sites (my thanks to almost everyone). Anyway, came across the following website that had a few twists on views that I have previously seen written and argued on in this Forum: www.islandnet.com/~anngord/builders.html Never thought of using a rototiller (and would have relegated it to the same negative views that I read on cement mixers). The use of added straw may not be good for me as I maintain a residence in a subtropical climate (great for bacteria, mold, termites, and other organic consumers). Wonder if the more technically inclined members of this Forum could voice their opinion on the rototiller and added straw... Ma'a salama. Mitch (somewhere near Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq) P.D. Fellow firefighters laugh at me all the time as I am a bit of a tree hugger, but a realistic one at that... sure the rototiller uses some gas, but how many of us have guzzled gallons of fuel in order to attend an eco-seminar far from home? (LOIL... Lots Of Ironic Laughter)
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