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Re: GSBN:Stone Veneer over Bales

Hi John,
Funny that we are working on a similar project this time in Jordon
with stone cladding however the rainfall pattern is only 40mm or less
than 2" per annum.  Problem is it all comes in one day or so I am

I think the number of parallel paths that you and I have traveled at times
is most remarkable.

This is Southern California, that is typically hot and dry - this is the 3rd
driest winter on record, I'm told. I believe that our "average" rainfall is
about 9 Inches (23 Cm), and the most rain that I can recall receiving was
about 26 Inches (66 Cm); not a lot of rain by some standards, but a lot more
than in Jordan.

How we waterproof them well:

May I suggest we render the bales first of all with lime water proof
the lime render and then attach the stone walls using expert stone

Sounds like the right approach to attach the plaster to the bales and then
the stone to the wall - what kind of waterproofing would you use?

My concern is the one that we have dealt with for years - trapping the
moisture within the walls and creating a wet environment that could/will
promote fungal growth.

Just an idea let me know if you want some conceptual architects drawings?

I would appreciate that a lot, Senior Lupo


Bob Bolles
Sustainable Building Systems