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8:1 is too rich, you have added much more mass with the extra cement and this will reduce its insulating capacity. To compensate you will have to thicken the vermicrete layer. I let it dry for a week before doing another layer,that way at least the weather can do a lot of the moisture elimination for you.
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David,
thank you for the info. !
I read a few things about the top layer of "stucco" to seal the insulation. Is this ordinary mortar mix ? Do you use anything in between ?
I am using green board over my steel frame on sides and the back is open and will have mesh reinforcement to help hold mortar.
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David,
thank you for the info. !
I read a few things about the top layer of "stucco" to seal the insulation. Is this ordinary mortar mix ? Do you use anything in between ?
I am using green board over my steel frame on sides and the back is open and will have mesh reinforcement to help hold mortar.
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Stucco mix can be purchased at any home improvement store, others have used fiber reinforced cement also one brand is quikwall for building concrete block walls without mortar. I used it to line my swimming pool it is completely waterproof so if you use quikwall add some vents to let out any moisture that may build up.

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