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the floor is moving along in fits and starts
I've been at a bunch of other stuff and not focusing on the coop addition.
the other day some folks came around and helped move a bunch of dirt and sand into the addition
and voila
by the next evening, the floor was within 1/2" of final finished level.
the thermal battery needs filled up, but the chimney for the rocket stove is built and ready to get taped and buried.

I'm wondering about the next bit.
has anyone ever tried mixing hydrated lime (mason's lime) into their cob floor mix?
the reading on this site talk about going above and beyond what I'm thinking
I don't really care to do the original morocco system.
this is a barn and a prototype for when we do the house
I figure the house will never have as abusive a treatment as the barn floor under the chickens
I mixed 2 scoops of lime with a big lump of cob. when I did this outside, it has seemed to resist the water a lot better
Don't get me wrong, cement this is not and never will be. I'm just hoping it stays together a bit better and far cheaper than linseed oil and turpentine.
if it fails terribly, well, it's still the floor in the chicken coop so they won't care

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