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 on: August 14, 2017, 03:21:51 PM 
Started by componentfreak - Last post by philb
Hello componentfreak,
I have tried cutting metal lathe with numerous items. The simplest and easiest tool I've found is a 10 dollar 4 1/2 inch hand held grinder with a diamond wheel. I use a 2x4 as a guide. You can hang the excess over a table top and clamp the 2x4 down if you want. No more lathe hand scratches from sharp ends. A carorundom wheel will work too if you don't need to be super accurate.

 on: August 11, 2017, 01:40:39 PM 
Started by componentfreak - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,

If you go to the 'Help Me I'm Stuck' section on the homepage you will find information on posting photos to the forum.


 on: August 11, 2017, 12:27:30 AM 
Started by componentfreak - Last post by componentfreak
I've tried to insert photos but they don't seem to take. When I try to download images they don't show up. And I can't just copy and paste.

 on: July 26, 2017, 11:09:41 AM 
Started by componentfreak - Last post by Janoahsh
Thank you for posting your project.  Do you have any pictures or illustrations that would help to clarify your explanations?

 on: July 25, 2017, 12:53:33 AM 
Started by componentfreak - Last post by componentfreak
 Illustrated is an investigation of lfc as a panel option with intent to develop a component system for housing. This started with test panels to determine best mix and lath configuration.I decided to design and build a birdbath/feeder/separate squirrel feeder with a hawk excluder over the birdbath bowl to test odd shapes and joint performance. Some takeaways:
1) A dry mix ratio of .5,.4 and .1 of sand, portland cement, and kaolinite respectively seemed the best formula.
2)Three layers of lath with an edge layer at perimeter of panel produced the best edge conditions.
3)Cutting the lath was the most difficult aspect of the entire operation, to the extent I investigated substituting lath put through an industrial shredder(same ultimate metal volume, just more resembling oriented strand board than plywood) but was unable to achieve small enough fibers from an industrial shredding company. I will explore plasma cutters in the future as they seem to offer the quickest means of shaping lath pieces.
4)I used a roll of cabinet shelf liner as my form release agent-worked better than linseed oil and other liquid form release agents.
5) I initially used a prophylactic layer of rubber membrane to isolate joints and keep components from rubbing together. It came unglued in half the joints and I wound up designing metal expansion clips to effectively seat the components. This was an imperfect fix and the result wobbled a bit, which necessated a chain wrap at the knee joints-also an imperfect fix but what the heck this was an exploratory model.
6) Constructing the circular planter was difficult, and slots were later gouged in to stabilize the legs.
7)DAP redimix concrete patching compound seemed to work best a treating imperfections. It seems to bond better to dry concrete than mixing a filler of pc with latex.

 on: June 17, 2017, 06:53:24 PM 
Started by Paul Sarnstrom - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,

Here is a Canadian company that does Ferrocement boat repair. Concise information is presented here on the basics of repairing traditional FC. These repair techniques are equally valid when applied to terrestrial FC structures as well as boats and other FC marine structures.


These techniques apply specifically to traditional FC only. For the repair of LFC [laminated Ferrocement] structures different techniques are used.


 on: June 03, 2017, 02:28:51 PM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Rob_O
This is the same me, Rob_ and Rob'O  but this posting is from my phone in the field and sent  from my phones computer.
  Just a note on basic armature ( the steel/ ferro) in your design and planning: We have a great selection of materials that are used in garden art sculptures. These first few projects I'm posting  we will be using simple well founded techniques as our basics  incorporated in most procedures. Armature building garden art  can become very creative with a wide varity of materials. Ill cover part of this in this posttings. This raised bed planter is basically on the ground with little excavation and when finished will be sound and very solid. The  cementious materials flow with intent as it is embedded in the matrix. Thanks for stopping over
 Cheers Rob'O

 on: June 02, 2017, 10:32:41 PM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Robo
Good morning -Just a few notes to share on this beautiful morning in Colorado where the Sunset takes your breath away and the Morning rise gives it back. Another exciting day it is for me  to play with mudd.
     In my classes I teach the students how to dance with this medium in a fun and energetic way. Part of this dance with F-C from my perspective is that by understanding the basic principles of placement, structure design, materials and tools all coupled together with the organization of resources and the 'hands on' knowledge of the techniques and placement of sequences to have a successful project completed. These steps are reinforced with confidence gained from experience and well-founded procedures and skills. With some motivation and work ethic dialed in -- then one can create reasonable projects that can become a personal joyous adventure with a great feeling of purpose and heart- felt accomplishment.
  All materials are on site and staging areas are set up for a good flow of production and the site has been modified to accept this planter.   
      Action mode DAY I- So  my plan is to build the forms and secure in place leaving one opened end because the forms are 8 ft. long we are building to 10 ft. I will scratch coat leaving  first section with about 1 ft. un-mudded overlap for the end cap to tie in. I’ll scratch  out base coat  to about 7 ft.  My seedlings are excited to get planted.
 Cheers all                                                         

 on: June 01, 2017, 10:31:31 AM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Robo
       Winter seems to be over here in beautiful Colorado on this first day of June and I am full on game to create FC projects and to get several classes up and running. I will be creating projects that communicate as well as serve as a functional creative works of art. The weekend after we had 8'' of snow I decided to get a raised bed garden set up and ready for planting in three days.  Here is how I love to" dance' with this medium we all refer to as Ferro-cement:
                                                                        THE IDEA         
    A planter box,- raised bed- four feet by 10 feet with receiver sockets to attach a hooped  covering for winter gardening, wind, hail, predators, intense sun heat etc.  Built with skills and intent to make this a long lasting functional work a piece of art while leaving options for creative additions such as some sculptures or bird baths... 

   Planning stage - A: what is the purpose of this project, for what purpose will it serve in my priority lists, priority factors, placement, time, materials, set up stations, drawings, on site lay out,(-sleep on it) consider  environmental issues, - commitment- cost and safety.
    Dream stage-B: Gather a large tablet or note book  ( 11"x14" is my preference) for this is where you open up the " dance"  floor and let it loose-create- pencil in hand and the canvas lit up. Now we list questions such as - What would this space look like with this feature here or there?  Do draw it out on the canvas, place some stakes and string, site in with a level, walk around do some more drawing making your lists as organized as possible.
   Commitment stage-C:  (this is the part you decide that you want this to happen and you can nearly see clearly end product. --- so we back up and select how we got there!  On the page we take the first step considering -the Time, materials, tools, stations-(mixing, staging tools, materials) - power, water, trash,
  Environmental plans for rain, sun, wind. --and wild rabbits...
     Action/change stage-D:  Sub products: ( a list of materials to purchase and those on hand) calendar -blocks of time and ORGANIZATION - This is where any projects that I do makes for a fun adventure that is  the better organized and cleaner the site is the more  the project becomes !
      I am in the action stage with all sub products on site, stations being set up and ready for creative mode. When I can figure out how to post pictures I’ll share this Ferro cement raised bed garden project with all. If you have any questions or comments feel free ask and this invite to play in my sand box is open to all!
   All my best, Rob'O


 on: May 26, 2017, 09:31:02 AM 
Started by Paul Sarnstrom - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,
One of our members, Brian Corzillius has updated his website with the latest photos of progress on his beautiful FC home:


Brian is doing first rate work on his home and this unique pictorial collection shows the construction process from planning onwards.

Great Work Brian!


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