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Chug. chug at strawbale-building....uk
Tue Nov 1 11:39:25 CET 2005

Hi Donald

so you decided to go for it on your own then? and already learnt a thing or two, lime rendering is one of the hardest and most time 
consuming parts of a SB build, I always try to get as many people involved as possible....many hands make light work, as to how long 
until it goes off hard, well it all depends on the weather and temp, if it is cold and damp then the lime can just sit there for 
ages without curing, but if you get a few warmer and windy days then it will soon dry, but if you get a frost before it has cured 
properly then you may get problems, this is the main reason we don't really like to render from now until the spring unlees we have 

good luck and bale on
chug at strawbale-building....uk
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "donald mchardy" <fieryx at hotmail...>
To: <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 6:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Strawbale] this list

Hi balers

Well, I'm not long in from my first plastering venture and just had a well
needed shower - in fact I should perhaps have a second one!
fyi fwiw I'm plastering up a garden shed/office I've been building over the
last 3 months or so - 6m x 7m.

Things I've learned this afternoon (evening)

1. don't plaster in the dark!
2. don't mix too much as you may not be able to use it.
3. trim the straw properly first - I think it takes more chainsawmanship
than I thought
4. the plaster takes a *lot* of mixing before slapping it onto the straw.
5. good strong rubber gloves are essential.

Hi Chug...I'm the git from Guildford that bailed out on you at the last
minute a few weeks back (father-in-law funeral), so grovelling apologies

Tomorrow (if the plaster is still on the wall) I can perhaps make some more
progress. Any tips would be appreciated as I need all the help I can get

Cheers All


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