[Strawbale] earthen floor sealer in Haiti (linseed oil)
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Mon Mar 21 20:10:20 CET 2011
On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:16:21 -0400, Juliane Derry
<julianederry at hotmail...> wrote:
> We use linseed oil for many things here in Norway, and unlike my
> Canadian "weather-brother", I would recommend
> using linseed oil, as I have seen beautiful results!
> Juliane Derry
> Oslo, Norway
Just to clarify so that my newly-found sister (the daughter my Mom never
had (five sons. Eh ?)) doesn't get the wrong impression ...
I like linseed oil (immensely) as a sealer for wood. Many (many) moons
ago, as a cabinetmaker years, I was pretty much weaned on linseed
oil/turps/beeswax finishes when making softwood pieces (not so much for
My concerns were about using it in an interior building application, in
large volumes, on a floor surface, in a tropical island locale ...
conditions that may not be amenable for proper drying (ie for
polymerisation to take place) -- shade, poor air circulation, high
With furniture or framing timbers, applying in thin enough layers and
wiping it dry between coats to facilitate proper drying is quite do-able.
When applied to an earthen floor in a situation where there is some
urgency to get a building completed so that hurricane victims may be
housed ? Mmmm...
And in my mind's eye, I don't see a whole lot of acreage in Haiti with
fields of golden flax waving in the breeze... but I do see mental images
of sheltered lagoons where boatloads of seaweed are lapping at the shore.
(But I'm not going to make a trip to Haiti to find out which mental image
is accurate. It'd take *forever* to pedal down there and back).
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