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    LHBA Member BoFuller's Avatar
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    Really. It took plenty long enough.
    You want a written invite next time?

    How's the project coming along, Cuz?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BoFuller View Post
    Really. It took plenty long enough.
    You want a written invite next time?

    How's the project coming along, Cuz?
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    Give your bro a call... he has most of the details. I see you need to clean up your pm box. I tried to send you one cuz!

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    https://goo.gl/photos/krjuJiTCbcz8pW7FA

    Here are some photos from a natural plaster class I took recently. I think I've convinced myself that it can be done without too much effort. Need to get or build a mortar mixer and I'm working on an idea for a paristaltic pump to be able to spray the natural plaster and possibly even do the chinking with.

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    Looks very cool. Do you have to use straw inside wall frames for the plaster to stick or can it be some other material?

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    No you can use the old style wood lath or metal lath if it is stiff enough. The straw is actually coated with clay and once dry becomes like a solid. I'm going to use the straw myself because it will help with sound deadening and it is much cheaper than buying the lath. If I had an easy cheap way to get the lath I would probably go that way.

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    Since you can answer questions and save me from doing any real research... Does the straw decompose, breakdown, or rot over time? There are 200+ year old log homes. Are there any straw bale structures that have been here for awhile?

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    As long as no moisture gets to it, it should last a long time, at least as long as I plan on living. I plan on isolating all of my plumbing from the straw with framing and drywall over the top of the plumbing bits, then natural plaster over it all. Cob is a similar building technique and there are 100 to 1000 year old buildings all over the world. You just have to keep up with the lime exterior plaster on those buildings. I'm no expert on any of this and although I did take a cob building class, I ultimately decided to build the log home for aesthetics and potential resale if I ever decide to sell in the future.
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    I've also read you can use wood chips in place of the straw as well. I might end up going that route if i can find a cheap chipper

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    Too bad you can't use peeled bark. Always plenty of it laying around when building a log home.
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    You probably could if it was shredded up after it had dried.

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