Michael Egan wrote:I'm old to building but new to use of cob and wonder about how it bonds and works with wood.
Michael Egan wrote: Could a post and beam structure be built with temporary angle braces and then infilled with cob to maintain stiffness and prevent racking?
Michael Egan wrote: I'm skeptical about using these two materials together-- I live in Illinois which has lots of changes in temperature and moisture (rain, snow, high humidity, occasional droughts) and I think cob and wood react differently. Please let me know your experience.
Topher Belknap wrote:Timber frames are engineered with the braces in mind.
Topher Belknap wrote:I have seen buildings where they were removed, which induced failures in the structure, not with cob admittedly. Generally braces work in tension (at least some of the time), I have little confidence in the tensile strength of a cob to wood joint.
Why would you want to remove the braces anyway, they make the frame beautiful.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:...most have forgotten how to do it well.
Topher Belknap wrote:I suggest that you make sure to get Mr. White Cloud's engineering stamp on all your plans.
Topher Belknap wrote:Thinking you can resurrect a forgotten engineering craft, and then changing them by ""mixing traditions" and modalities." is a sure way to end up with your house in ruins..There is a reason that certain building methods are "traditional", because if one doesn't follow the tradition precisely, one ends, badly