Saturday, 7 January 2012

Laying the foundations.

For the foundations we have been using stones which were collected close to the land with a scotch cart. The stones vary in size and shape, larger heavier stones were used for the first layer. Over lapping is as important as in brick work, to ensure no continuous cracks form.
The mortar used between the rocks is the same as the cob mix, but with 15 percent lime added. So to mix this we needed to wear boots as lime is very corrosive. The lime hardens the mortar.
There is no bore hole on the land, so I delivered water each day emptying it into an old bath.

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