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Help get the word out about using straw bales to trap oil along the coastlines along the Gulf.
Come visit me in San Jose when I speak on the main stage of the Generation Green Expo this June 26th and 27th.
Why would I want to do that? You may be asking yourself that very question and rightfully so. The answer may be simple or complicated depending on the situation. It may be that you have a series of wall sections that need thinner bales than the rest of the house due to framing and engineering […]
There are so many reasons why I suggest you not build your house with the straw bales on edge. It’s hard to know where to start. I’ll just lay out the first ten that come to mind. 1. Strings on the exposed face mean no notching around posts and thus a thermal break at each […]
Many people have recently asked me about landscape walls. As a result of those inquiries, I’ve drawn up a cross section of a landscape wall and rubble trench foundation for you to check out below. This is a basic design that can be used in most locations. Some building departments allow for rubble trench foundations […]
If you have interior partition walls in the straw bale structure you’re building, you’ll need to attach them to the structure before you install your drywall on the interior walls. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about drywall over the bales, just on the interior framed walls. The two biggest problems with interior partition walls […]
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 […]
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 […]