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Add coir hydrated or dry?

Posted by tufatastic none (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 24, 14 at 3:37

Hi again experts,

I have looked at many step-by-steps online and it appears that some people add their peat/coir crumbled up and dry, before adding water, and some add it already hydrated.

I will be making hypertufa portland cement, perlite and coir. It seems like it matters if the coir wet or dry prior to measuring, because it would affect the measurements. Dry coir will expand a lot, whereas wet won't.

Which is best?

Greatly appreciate any advice :)


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

All your ingredients should start dry. Mix all dry ingredients together until everything is coated with Portland cement and then add water.


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

Can't thank you enough for your reply!


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

Looking forward to see/hear what you make.


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

I'm not sure a first attempt will be photo worthy, but I have ambitions to make a bird bath bowl and maybe some pots. We'll see!


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

Good luck. Are you in a warm climate where you can work outside now?


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RE: Add coir hydrated or dry?

Yes, it's summer here - and humid! Maybe the latter will be good for the hypertufa.


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