Wednesday, May 27, 2009

How to Make a batch of Floor Cob:
First, get 3 five gallon buckets of road base:

Spread them out on your mixing tarp:

Add 1/3 bucket of pure (local) clay, and pick out any organic material like leaves and sticks:

then, spread out the clay and stomp on all the clods, ideally getting all into powder:

Then, start mixing it up, first by tossing in the corners:

then giving it a couple of 'burrito rolls':

Then add water and dance on it to squish the clay around the sand and gravel:

After you get in about 2 or 3 gallons of water (depends on the dryness of the material) add straw, and stomp:
When it all looks mixed together, and everything has a coating of clay on it, call it done:
Toss it into place, stomp it in, and screed it flat. Repeat.

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Starting anti-fire prep

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