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Red Mud Plaster - Experiment

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

Auroville has an abundance of red soil, and it can be used in the construction in a lot of ways. One of the ways in which we use this material is for plastering the wall. While digging the foundations there is heaps of soil lying around, the consistency and texture depend from place to place.

We use this soil instead of sand, depending on the density this soil can be used in the plaster mixture. Recently this technique was used in a couple of projects. The process goes like as follows:

  1. The big lumps of red earth are broken down into smaller portions and then sieving it into fine particles

  2. Then the same process goes for M-sand

  3. Now the fine red soil, M-sand, and cement is mixed in the ratio of 1:3:3 (1 portion of cement - 3 portions of red earth - 3 portions of M-sand)

  4. This mixture can be used for plastering the walls

The result after drying is a textured finish with a tint of red in it which looks great and can be left exposed, as it blends with the surroundings. It can also be painted and it holds the paint very well because of the texture. We avoid using the use of river sand and use materials which are locally available or don't harm the environment.


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reshmi ravindran
reshmi ravindran
16. 5. 2021

Can we use lime instead of cement?

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13. 10. 2020

Well! If you are wearing a trouser if it’s not done perfectly, they can cause a lot of problem and you can get comfortable. People who have learned about the suspended gyprock ceiling have the experience of it and they know that how important is that your trousers should be according to your size.

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