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[Cob] Curved bond beams

Dulane silkworm at
Thu Sep 25 16:23:01 CDT 2008

Why do you need bond beams? Am I missing something? This is cob.

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From: coblist-bounces at [mailto:coblist-bounces at] On
Behalf Of Mitch Ventura
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 12:45 PM
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Subject: [Cob] Curved bond beams

Just bought 5 hectares of land in Mexico and hope to build my cob home near
the end of 2010, which gives me plenty of lead time for the planning. (Due
to prior experience, I am a firm believer in "measure twice, cut once".)
My preference is to use solid wooden beams for the bond beam (live in a
seismic area), but I also want to make a house that is curved; obviously
straight wooden beams do not line-up well on bends.
How would one best make a bond beam on the top of a curved wall without
having to resort to reinforced cement (or is that the only viable and proven
Saludos from Iraq.
Mitch Ventura

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