Chicken Wire Cradles

It is helpful to wrap the bottom of the bags that are against the door and window forms with chicken wire. This provides a tight, grippy surface for the adhesion of stucco or earthen plaster. Extending the width of the wire beyond the width of the tamped bags provides a good anchor for additional sculpted adobe relief patterns and drip edges (Fig. 6.46).

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6.44: Doni suggests removing screws (or nails) from the plywood after a few rows of bags. Compression alone is enough to hold the side wedge board in place.

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use straw- bales to elevate box forms after walls have been compacted

6.45: Note: This technique is used for plumb walls only - not for domes. Double curvature walls require constant compression until the dome is completed (See "Dynamics of a Dome" and "How We Built the Honey House.")

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Cut the chicken wire about six inches (15 cm) wider than the tamped bag width and about 18 inches (45 cm) long. Bend one end of the wire about one-third of the length. Lay this shorter end on top of the barbed wire. Put your slider on top of this and then place the bag stand on top of the slider. Now you're ready for filling (Fig. 6.47).

Hard-assing the bags alongside the door and window forms make them extra strong. Remember to diddle the corners, although it's usually not necessary to lock the diddles (Fig. 6.48).

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