Building with Lime

I was introduced to the concept of lime and cement by Manu at SacredGroves, Auroville. 

We did our first experiment with the material last year. With the help of the local masons and my understanding from a workshop I attended in Chennai, we created some really good mixes for a tank plastering job at sacredgroves.

Since then I have been continually trying to learn more about lime and observe its behaviour. It is challenging because it depends on your environment more than cement.

At Sun farm so far, we have only used lime for mortar use (mixed with earth, sand and surkhi). The setting times vary of course because of the varying humidity and temperature here, but it does work.

We have built a small water tank with lime and surkhi and its strength over time will guide us in the future experiments.

(Anybody trying to work with lime, please reach out. I can share some test data that could save you some time.)

3 thoughts on “Building with Lime

Add yours

  1. Muy interesante , felicitaciones y adelante con todos esos experimentos. Un abrazo.

    Enviado desde mi iPod

    El 1/11/2015, a las 1:39 p.m., pockets-full-of-stories escribió:

    > >

    Like

  2. Anshul y mi Angélica que bueno y mucho éxitos los colores preciosos. Besos

    Enviado desde mi iPod

    El 1/11/2015, a las 1:39 p.m., pockets-full-of-stories escribió:

    > >

    Like

  3. Hello there!
    Yes, i so happy to have stumbled upon this. I am trying to build a small pond with ecobricks and plan to use lime for the foundation mortar and plaster. Any direction would be great!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: