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How to Build Your Own Live-in Big Froggy
By John N. Hait

 

       Did you read my last article on making your own lily-pad to retire on? Read it, its a dandy, and it can save you a bunch of money too. This time Im going to teach you how to use Natural Fiber Reinforced Concrete (NFRC) to build a pink froggy big enough to live in on your lily-pad!

       (Be sure to read all the articles on this website that Ive written for you.)

       Have you ever built a paper mach parade float? Have you ever seen one? Arent they all kinds of shapes? What if you build a waterproof one that would last and last? Shaped like a frog, big enough to live in, and even painted pink? You can with NFRC. Its easier than you think.

       First of all get in some practice by putting down a plastic painters drop cloth to keep your apartment clean. Mix two cups of Portland Cement (inexpensively from most any hardware store,) (first of all without sand or gravel,) with just enough water to make it moist all the way through, not wet. Mix it up real good. Dip some natural fiber, such as newspaper, old cotton or hemp cloth, coconut leaf strips, corn leaves, grass, or other natural fiber in the moist cement, covering both sides of the fiber.

        Lay it on your plastic, like paper mach. First, make a flat piece about 28x12 so you can test its strength. Overlap the fiber to carry the tensile strength and quickly lay about three layers on it. Unlike paper mach, you dont want it to dry.

        Almost done. You have to keep it moist for at least a week, so wrap it over with the plastic drop cloth.

       After a week, unwrap it and test its hardness, by placing it between two kitchen chairs, 24 inches apart, and sitting on it. If it holds you, you did a good job. If it doesnt, review your technique. Change its curvature, make it corrugated, change they way you overlap the fibers, even change the fiber itself until you get it right.

       Now move to your island lily-pad. Build a chicken-wire frame, called an armature, because it will become part of your froggy. Measure its curvature by tying a radius length string in the middle and bend the chicken wire to curve and meet it. Shape the frame like a big frog, large enough to live in.

       If you wish to use the chicken wire (also called poultry netting,) again elsewhere, cover it first with a plastic drop cloth. Then apply the NFRC. When the NFRC has hardened in its cure, the chicken wire, drop cloth, and wooden frame form can be removed from the inside and placed elsewhere. As a form, its purpose is to hold the NFRC curvature in-place until it can hold itself. Dont remove it too early. Remember, it's on the outside under his chin.

        The fiber in the NFRC takes up any tensile forces that the chicken wire contributed to.

       They do make a chicken wire with a paper backing for just such a purpose, if you can afford it. However, here youre applying it backwards, and the NFRC may stick to the paper.

       Leave holes or tie in plastic bottles full of water as sky lights where appropriate. You can also make a door of NFRC, to save money. If you intend to grow vines from your ceiling, you need holes for it to grow through to the sunlight, and a place to hang from.

       There are many products that both color and seal your froggy. Make sure they are UV protected, for exterior use. Get rollers, brushes or whatever you need to apply it. After he has cured, paint your froggy that bright color youve selected. You can eveadvancedhowto.infon mix the color for latex paint into some clear driveway sealants, and do it all at once. Take lots of pictures for us, and send them along with your experiences to info@drhait.info

       For more info see http://advanced-how-to.info.

       Maybe in the meantime, youve made a composting toilet aboard your floating froggy, used special refractory cement to build a bar-b-cue. So its ready to move in. Ill bet you wont get much sleep that first night in your pink froggy.


    Thanks for your interest.

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