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[Cob] They all laughed when....Charmaine Taylor dirtcheapbuilderbooks at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 23:33:31 PDT 2008
"Instead of asking the coblist, why not float the idea to the concrete people - they'd probably laugh their asses off..." - said Ocean It is entirely possible a standard trained concrete guy will laugh at adding something like straw... but based on the thousands of hours poured into technical research by that industry it is not surprising it is not used...if anything has been tested to death to get maximum performance it is OPC formulations, and concrete, for building. Now if one is accusing them of being oafs for not trying straw I'd step in to defend them. Consider the massive new buildings and super engineered highways, bridges and overpasses. It is a different world for the cement industry. they are always looking for the best of everything and lower costs, and to that end have done a lot of searching in the fly ash and additives area in the last several years. Major research points to savings and lighter stronger concrete thru use of various classes of flyash, RHA -rice hull ash- and others. Straw, grasses, weeds, etc organics were probably tested and dismissed as unacceptable decades and decades ago. in fact in the early 1900s there were constant contests and public challenges to create a better/faster/ stronger etc cement mix. it was all the rage to attend these public exhibitions and see whose formula won. Just like people come to cobbing parties and bale rasings to see what all the fuss is about. -- Ms. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing 707-441-1632 www.dirtcheapbuilder.com www. papercrete.com PO Box 375, Cutten CA 95534
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