[Strawbale] waterproofing the bathroom

SVEN AERTS aertssven at mac...
Tue Jan 21 03:10:40 CET 2003

Isn't a valid remark either:
- in 'normal' houses water also poses a matter of attention
- so either you go as mentioned below
- either you go to a specialized crafts-man/shop, ask him how to make a wall
waterproof, go to an exhibition/trade fair on this perhaps ... Assist them
in their work... Perhaps they'll advise you to mix a polymer in the
top-layer of clay... There are new developments all the time... And you'd be
amazed how much a phone-call to an eco-architect may result... Iso mixing
the clay with water only... Mix it with oil...and seeds to absorb the
dilatation and crimping of the wall... Give him a couple of Euros for his
advice perhaps...
- and ... Our type of houses... If there is a crack... We know how to repair
it ourselves... And it's not difficult or hard... So... Yeah... Just repair
it as soon as you can... "I prefer to have one of my kids do it for me...",
I heard someone telling me, but of course I'd never do that

Respectfully Yours,

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On 2003-01-20 19:21, "Harald und Margit Wedig" <avantgarden at wxs...> wrote:

> Barbara: 
> If the straw is
>> loadbearing and therefore under compression, as long as you gave it a
>> close haircut before plastering (to reduce bounce) I would think you
>> could fix tiles directly onto the walls as you do for other wall
>> systems. As far as I know, this hasn't been tried before, but let us
>> know if you do it!
> Hi Barbara,
> when we plastered our loadbearing guesthouse in ´96, we playfully pushed
> some nice tiles into the clay plaster, just for ornamental reasons.
> They are still there, no cracks appeared, none of them are loose.
> We did it right the way you are recommending it, commpressed bales with
> a "close haircut", oh yes, we pushed the tiles into the second plaster
> layer.
> Good weather and perfect bales for the coming building season;-)
> Harald
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