john riley

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since Oct 15, 2013
mid missouri
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thank you jay i am reading up on the roman cement, and leila thanks for letting me know how to use the -u-
7 years ago
cob
thank you for your reply jay c, i have access to all the clay i can stand and i have a cheap supply of limestone and river sand, what is the chemical or enzyme that i would have to add? i am a painter by trade, however i know pluming, electrical, and rough framing, i have no real experience to speak of with different types of cement materials, any help you could offer would be great. thank you
7 years ago
cob
oh, it's not because of the footprint it is to use as much from my land as possible. i do plan to use cement for the footing. my reasoning is also to do with supporting big corps. there is only a limestone quarry around. i am just mainly doing my best to use only materials i have on site and i can get locally. for example, sand and straw comes from local farmers and the clay and timber from my land. i performed multiple soil tests and literally have only clay under the top soil. thank you
7 years ago
cob
yes i noticed the (shape "you") thing, it is strange. i understand with the rusting factor, thanks. the bending the re-bar into a (shape "you") also makes sense. the only issue i have is using the concrete. is there ANYTHING else i can use in its place, if i have to i will but i prefer not to. and any suggestions for what to pack the tires with? could i use cob perhaps? do you think mixing something like clay, aggregate and linseed oil with nothing organic could take the place of the cement? trying to avoid cement. once again thank you.
7 years ago
cob
first, my land is all heavy clay with about 6" max topsoil, what i had in mind was doing the rubble foundation and instead of using rock pack the tires, (another question there, what to pack them with to keep moisture out of cob) and stack them a min of two high and yes, i planned to use re-bar to anchor the tires with enough sticking out for the cob to have something to latch onto. thank you
7 years ago
cob
my question is, can i use tires for the foundation on a cob house and if i can, how would i cover them when it comes time.
7 years ago
cob