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[Cob] Straw and cob togetherChristopher Reinhart sandymud at gmail.com
Mon Apr 6 18:16:28 PDT 2009
Starr, I, too, live in southern Indiana, near Bloomington, and our home has cob walls, bale-cob walls, and straw-clay walls. To answer your questions: "Can we "plaster" cob over straw bale?" Yes. Earthen plaster is essentially cob with chopped straw. Where we have plastered over bales, the thickness varies, but is probably between 1/2" to 1-1/2" of earthen plaster. If there were going to be large projections (sculptures, bookshelves, etc.), then you would need some method other than just "sticking" the plaster to the bales in order to support the projection. Check out "The Natural Plaster Book", by Cedar Rose Gulbreuth (sp?) and Dan Chiras. "... how long does cob take to dry inside?" It depends... atmospheric conditions will determine this. We've had good success drying cob inside the house faster by using fans during times of high humidity. Now a question for you: when you say your foundation is "four foot urbanite walls", is your dimension referring to the foundation's height or its thickness? Best wishes, fellow Hoosier! -Chris On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 6:48 PM, Starr Guffey <ladystellar at insightbb.com>wrote: > Hope this topic is OK, I am working on plans for our house. Can we > "plaster" cob over straw bale? and if so how thick should it be? We are > building in a wet, cold area, southern IN, the house will set on four foot > urbanite walls. Also we are putting in a cob stove and a cob vanity and > other cob details inside the house how long does cob take to dry inside? If > this topic does not work for the list my e-mail is > ladystellar at insightbb.com > Thanks, Starr > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist >
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