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[Cob] stem walls on interior walls?Bernhard Masterson bernhard_masterson at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 3 12:37:08 PST 2009
Hi Tys, I would recommend a stem wall over a rubble trench with drain pipe. Cob walls are heavy enough that they need to be on well compacted and drained sub-soil. The load bearing capacities of soil decreases dramatically when they are wet. If you wanted to reduce your use of Portland cement try a lime mortar. If you are going to the effort to build a cob wall, it makes sense to me to put it on a foundation that will ensure that it is on stable soil and above water. happy building, - Bernhard ____________________________________bernhard_masterson at hotmail.com Natural building instruction and consultation > Message: 1 > Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 15:31:08 -0800 > From: "Tys Sniffen" <tys at ideamountain.com> > Subject: [Cob] stem walls on interior walls? > To: <coblist at deatech.com> > Message-ID: <200903022331.n22NV9fM015666 at njbrsmtp2.vzwmail.net> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" > > What's the word on mortaring stones in place for the base of interior walls? > I know in 'Hand Sculpted House' it talks about having stem walls come up 6 > inches above finished floor to protect against floods or plumbing accidents. > My house will only have one interior wall of cob that will be even close to > any plumbing, so I'm wondering if I could avoid buying more cement and > hauling more urbanite to make interior stem walls I don't need. > > > > Since I'm planning on doing the sub floor first, it would be interior cob > walls built right on that cob floor, which is sitting on gravel. > > > > Tys > _________________________________________________________________ Windows Live™ Groups: Create an online spot for your favorite groups to meet. http://windowslive.com/online/groups?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_groups_032009
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