Mud bricks are made from a mixture of soil, water and straw that are mixed together and kneaded before being set into molds and allowed to dry. Materials needed include topsoil, water, straw, sand and a mold in the shape of the bricks you wish to create. The entire process to create mud bricks takes about two weeks.Continue Reading
Mix water and topsoil until you have created a thick mud, and add straw to the mixture. You should aim to use about 1/2 pound of straw for every cubic foot of mud. Break or chop the straw into small pieces before adding it to the mixture.
Over the next four days, knead the mud mixture with your bare feet. When the mixture begins to ferment at the end of the four days, let it sit undisturbed for a few days.
On the day you wish to form the mixture into bricks, knead it once more with your feet. Pour the mixture into the mold, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
Prepare a drying surface for your mud bricks by layering a floor with sand and straw. This prevents the bricks from sticking to the floor. Let the bricks dry for a week to finish them.
To build a home from straw bales, create a trench with gravel for the foundation, stack straw bales connected with stakes for the walls, build a roof with plywood and tarp, and seal the walls with stucco or clay plaster. You can also fill a wood or steel frame with bales for sturdier construction.Full Answer >
To mud drywall, start by loading the edge of your blade with about 2 inches of joint compound. Then, hold the blade at a 25 degree angle to the wall, and force the compound between the sheets of drywall. Scrape away the excess compound, apply a layer of joint tape and then apply another layer of compound. After the area is dry, use sandpaper to smooth the surface.Full Answer >
To finish dry wall, cover the joints and screw heads with mud, tape the joints, sand once dried, and apply a second and third layer of mud. Before applying the tape and mud, make sure all the screws are recessed, and remove any bits of loose or torn paper.Full Answer >
Some different types of ceiling textures are popcorn, mud swirl and slapbrush. The popcorn-type ceiling is a bit messy to apply and must be applied with a machine. Effects such as glitter can be added to enhance the ceiling's attractiveness.Full Answer >