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Old 09-30-2009, 02:59 AM
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Default strapping down the blanket. Why?

Weather permitting, I hope to lay on the ceramic blanket today or tomorrow. I have noticed in many photos that people use some form of strapping, wire or even chicken wire to hold the blanket in place. My question is, why is this necessary? If I'm covering the blanket with - in my case - cement/perlite anyway, what's the point of the strapping?
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:00 AM
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even chicken wire to hold the blanket in place
The chicken wire will hold the blanket in place, but the main purpose is to give you something to attach your vermicrete to... It acts as a form/mold otherwise the vermicrete wouldnt have anything to hold onto and might just slop off and slide to the floor..

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Old 09-30-2009, 06:36 AM
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Thanks. Slopping onto the floor is clearly undesirable.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:18 AM
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Default Re: strapping down the blanket. Why?

consider the chicken wire the same as wire lath in a stucco application...it serves the same purpose - to help hold a cement based product in place as well as give it added strength.

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:04 AM
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Chicken wire is bought and paid for. But the sky is telling me we're on hold.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:10 PM
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Alas, the rain gods and the WFO gods are not in alignment!

It sometimes seems amazing how oven plans invite the rain gods to play!

Hang in there!
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:25 AM
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when the rain gods come out,, The plastic gods should be consulted.....

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:36 AM
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well, the sky was a taunt, a tease and I stood up to the dare. I hustled, I blanketed, I chicken wired and I tarped that sucker. Which is another way of saying it didn't rain. Forecast for today is mostly boasting about what it could do if it wanted to but won't. So today I perlite/cement the final insulation, stand back to admire my handiwork and fantasize about the pizza on the way.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:41 AM
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Kim,,
You can throw a small electric heater or some have used a propane turkey fryer in your dome and start curing your dome while your working on the vermicrete,,,,

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:53 AM
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I used wire to hold my blanket (and extra scraps) in place while I poured vermilulite into my enclosure. For this enclosure style, chicken wire might be overkill.

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