I’m not a big fan of bales in the roof as you likely already know. They are so heavy and there are several areas of concern in regards to using them above head. 1. The frame needs to be drastically increased in size and/or spacing to support the extra load. 2. Plastering over head is […]
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I received some information from a man in Alabama the other day. He has a sweet set up for spraying plaster that he is selling. It’s almost new and in great condition. Here’s the description, some photos and the price. I have a used but in great condition Hyflex HZ-30g stucco pump with brand new […]
If you’ve ever made an electrical spike for your straw bale home, you know just how dangerous the process can be. At the seven day comprehensive workshop in Hurley, NY two participants and I created a set of jigs that make the process really safe and thus MUCH faster. I’d like to say thank you […]
What an amazing week! We called ourselves the “Small but Mighty” and we were indeed that. Even though we only had 13 people in this workshop, we managed to fully bale and partially plaster a roughly 1000 SF, two-story structure in just seven days. Keep in mind, there are lots of lectures going on during […]
Take this time to find within you that which is grateful for all you have, no matter how big or small. Find a moment to thank the Earth for everything that is provided to you. Everything around you: your food, your clothes, your house, everything comes from the Earth. What can you do to say […]
Everybody likes different things about their house. Some people love their bedroom layout, others like their kitchen design, some are even huge fans of their bathrooms. Okay, the last one may be a bit unusual, but perhaps there’s a reason for that. I’ve noticed over my years as a builder that certain things tend to […]
Picture this. Your bank loan is on a strict timeline. Your plastering job seems overwhelmingly huge because you plan to do it yourself. You don’t have any money in the budget to hire a professional crew, so your options are few. How do you speed up the process so that you can finish the job […]
James Van Raden, a veteran of the US armed services (Marines Echo company 1/2/5) and a builder in Minnesota and North Dakota is asking for support in a grant competition he is competing in through Pepsi. This is an opportunity for him to win a grant that will allow him start building affordable housing for […]
Here’s a great idea that was sent to me on Facebook today. (You may be able to join it here.) The intention is to create a worldwide event where we all (those participating) turn off our power for 1 hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. The amount of power saved could be huge and all in […]
If you answered yes to this question, I want your opinion. I plan to hold a “virtual tasting” soon and I want to hear which beers you think are worthy of a taste night. Let me know by adding your choice here. Once I have some options available (or maybe I won’t wait for you […]