Over the years I have spoken many times about the importance of a quality plastering job. That importance has not waned, and I am unfortunately hearing more and more stories about failed plaster jobs around the world. A large percentage of the consulting work I do is helping clients deal with these plastering issues. There are two common themes, or dare I say causes for the failures. If you avoid these two approaches to plastering your home, your plaster should provide you with a very long life.
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Plastering a straw bale house is a skill that marries both art and construction techniques. There are so many details to keep track of when plastering your strawbale home and this article will give you one more piece of the puzzle. The focus is on the application direction of lime plaster, or any plaster for that matter. Mistakes here can cause plaster failure so it’s worth getting the process right. Furthermore, the plaster is what people see when they first view your straw bale house, so making it look good really matters.
I have 18 bags of 3.5 NHL. They have been stored in the house the entire time and are dry. I paid $50.00 a bag for them and they are 55 pounds each. I will sell all 18 for 450.00 ($25/bag) if some one wants to come get them in Junction City, CA. Please contact me at the email in this blog post for more information.
Using a lime finish coat over a base of clay plaster is a recipe for disaster. I have heard of far too many failures when using this technique. Please read on and do not try this technique on your project.
There are so many things to consider when choosing a plaster for your straw bale home. I will try and give a quick outline here to get you all started on the path of inquiry. There are many decision to be made and many details to consider in those decisions. The plaster is the thing […]