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Re: GSBN:Re: Lime plaster problems -Hemp the answer

The best source of information on lime  is to be found through

<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.buildinglimesforum.org.uk/";>http://www.buildinglimesforum.org.uk/</a>

There are now related organisations in the USA and Scandinavia.

Worth subscribing to their journal. There is a fantastic article in
the latest issue Vol 14 by Becky Little and Tom Morton
called "Mixing it with Lime and Clay"

Maybe Tom Morton would send you a copy of the article if you ask
Contact him through his excellent web site.  Download the info he has
on unfired earth buildings
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.arc-architects.com/";>http://www.arc-architects.com/</a>

Been reading the responses about cellulose

Hemp is the answer , Hemp-lime plasters/renders solve all  problems.
Doesn't shrink or crack, copes admirably with  moisture, etc. etc

Just finished writing a guide to hemp-lime construction ( well
almost) yesterday . Should be out in April 2008 published by BRE/IHS

Hemp web sites
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.limetechnology.co.uk/pages/hemcrete.php";>http://www.limetechnology.co.uk/pages/hemcrete.php</a>

Tom Woolley

On 13 Oct 2007, at 00:44, MattsMyhrman@...:

In a message dated 10/10/2007 1:17:11 PM US Mountain Standard Time,

Sometimes however lime plaster
was not used and rather a cow dung earth plaster was used followed by
regular coats of lime wash...though at the coast where we
experience strong
wind driven rains a lime coating was the norm.

I believe that many of the cob buildings on the southern coast of
(Devon?) used several (maybe 4-5 initially) coats of lime wash.  It
considered somewhat sacrificial, and was followed up, after a year
or two, with a
couple more coats.  After that, another coat every couple of
years.  Maybe Barbara
Jones can check in on this  one, and also tell us whether lime wash
over cob
or earth plaster has traditionally been used anywhere in the
British Isles
where they experience driving rains coming in off the sea (up on
the northwest
coast of Scotland?).


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Tom Woolley
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