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RE: GSBN:Borax in plaster

I don«t know about Borax in the Mix, but about plastering in the autum.  I
had no problem.  One plaster took over two weeks to dry (it probably would
have dried sooner in the winter, as then I have to stove lit!).  It did
sprout some green shoots of wheat, and a bit of mold, but all this dried up
quite quickly, as I wasn«t watering my inside walls.  In the 2 1/2 years
which have passed since then, I have had no problems with them.

I did have problems when plastering outdoors in the winter because the
freezes crack the plaster if they arrive before the plaster has dried.


Rikki Nitzkin
Aul?s, Lleida, Espa?a
(0034)657 33 51 62 
www.casasdepaja.com (Red de Construcci?n con Balas de Paja)

> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] En nombre de Andr&eacute; de Bouter
> Enviado el: lunes, 10 de julio de 2006 23:06
> Para: GSBN
> Asunto: GSBN:Borax in plaster
> Hello baleheads,
> One of our workshop participants asked me if they can earth-plaster
> (inside)
> late in the autum. (of course they know that it is better to plaster
> during
> summer but time flies...
> I suggested to ventilate and to make sure the moisture laden air gets out
> of the
> house. They might heat the house also (but I'm conviced that ventilation
> is more
> important, like stirring a cold coffee to dilute the suggar rather than
> hot
> coffee without stirring).
> I remember reading that one can also add borax to the earthen plaster to
> avoid
> mould. Does any of you have exp?rience with borax in the plaster. And how
> much
> would you advice to use?
> Thanks for your advice.
> Warm bale greetings,
> Andr&eacute; canyoupleasescrapeoffthatmouldofmyback de Bouter