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DeadCarp    Posted 01-11-2003 at 07:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let's say i make a sod house, let it settle and so forth. Now, is there any way to like plaster or somehow finish the inside walls to keep vermin out & make it look smooth?

Dave    Posted 01-11-2003 at 08:37:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could put plaster on the inside and stucco or rock on the outside. There are a lot of houses bui;t out of bales of hay. Search around on the net. There are a lot of pictures of one in different stages of construction, I think it's in New Mexico. Here's a link to some interesting books and stuff.

Fawteen    Posted 01-11-2003 at 08:14:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I'd think you could put furring strips up and use sheetrock. Or, you might be able to put old fashioned plastering screen up and plaster it.

I bet that'd be an energy efficient abode!

bill b va    Posted 01-11-2003 at 09:25:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

i am curious as to how you would attach furring strips to dirt walls .

Fawteen    Posted 01-11-2003 at 11:20:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why, with dirt nails, of course!

Seriously, I can think of a couple of ways I'd be willing to try, just to see if it'd work.

In new construction, I'd embed some plywood or other suitable substrate into the wall.

For existing, I'd play with some variation on a butterfly anchor. Not sure if that would work or not, never seen a soddie, don't know the consistency of the material.

Also, I'd think you could stud up a wall with 2x2 material and make it a force fit between the floor and the ceiling.

Then again, I could be completely out of my mind. It'd be interesting trying to come up with something that worked tho.

DeadCarp    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:31:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
How bout a variation of form ties? Just spear rather heavy galvanized wires thru the wall, and twist-tighten furring strips, plywood, washers or whatever on either side. :)

On form ties, they spear 2 wires thru and twist little boards in the middle (which can be buried in the mud) to tighten them. (the wires are usually snipped flush on both sides to let the forms loose)

Dave    Posted 01-11-2003 at 17:19:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems to me you'd want some kind of vapor barrier too. Even if it's plastic sheet. Most plastic sheeting you get deteriorates in a few years, but you can get some that is made just for vapor barriers.

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