[Strawbale] Natural Hydraulic lime vs. Hydrated lime?
derek at unm.edu
Wed Jan 17 16:18:55 CST 2007
> What is the correct wordage -
> Natural hydraulic lime? or Hydrated lime?
As others have mentioned, lime terminology can be confusing. Many
people don't fully understand all the terms (including some people who
sell and/or use lime materials). Even those who do understand all of
lime's variations, can easily get their mental wires crossed, and use
the wrong term now and then, in speech or in writing, as observed in
the previously posted link.
>> You want Natural Hydraulic Lime.
Maybe you will choose hydraulic lime, and maybe you will choose type-S
hydrated lime. If you live in the United States, these will probably
be the two most suitable choices for plastering a strawbale house with
lime. In other countries, you may have other options.
As I write, no one has explained the differences between hydraulic lime
and hydrated lime. I don't claim to be an authority. One difference
is very significant for the owner-builder. After mixing, hydraulic
limes will set up in a fairly short time, whether you use them or not.
Unused hydraulic lime will harden in the mixer, in the bucket, on the
trowel, and anywhere else. The reaction can not be stopped. Hydrated
limes can be stored indefinitely (for years) in a sealed container, or
under a layer of water (preferably both).
For an inexperienced plasterer like myself, a big plus is that I can
store unused plaster overnight or as needed, and use that plaster when
I next get time to work. This is not true for hydraulic lime.
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