Oh no! The biggest fear of every straw bale home owner just came true! I smell mold. I think my bales are getting wet. I have high moisture readings on my in-place sensors. What do I do now? Well, the first thing, after you breathe and take a step back, is to find the cause […]
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I am often asked what the pros and cons are of laying bales flat versus laying them on edge. To me the differences are many and important. Every house I have built I have laid the bales flat. Every time I have worked with folks who have opted to lay bales on edge, the feedback […]
When applying plaster to the bales, the fastest application may not be the best. There are two schools of thought in plastering. Some believe that the plaster adheres better to the bales when sprayed with a plaster gun and others believe a hand troweled application provides the best adherence. I personally believe that either application […]
If you plan to use a finish slab of wood on your window seats, you will need to build some type of “sub-base” to attach the wood to. This is also true for granite slabs or other finish seats. We build ours from two 3/4″ slabs of scrap plywood screwed together. We cut them about […]
When creating the soft curves at window and door openings, the question is often asked: is it easier to bale right up to the edge or hold the bales back? We have found on our job sites that if you hold the bales back from the edge, in fact, hold them back to the beginning […]
Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote. Things have been very busy around here with building and preparing all the paperwork necessary to start and fund the next four houses we will be building. We start the foundations of 2 next week, have one ready for baling, and one is a major […]
This video is from my online video newsletter called “The Straw Bale Minute”. It focuses on the fire testing on straw bale walls. You can find all of my short videos on YouTube at https://www.strawbale.com/videos. Please check them out, rate them and leave comments. The more action these videos get, the faster they will move […]
I always suggest that people keep all plumbing lines out of bale walls. Sometimes this is not possible and water lines need to be run through bales. The most common example of this is with hose bibs. Frost proof hose bibs need to be run back into the wall about a foot or so. For […]
I received an email this morning from some folks in New Zealand. They are wondering if it is okay to leave the plaster off of the outside of a house if they wrap it with metal panels instead. I have attached their email below along with my response. In addition to my original response, I […]
This video is from my online video newsletter called “The Straw Bale Minute”. It focuses on straw bale homes and basements. All of my short videos can be found on YouTube at https://www.strawbale.com/videos. Please check them out, rate them, and post comments. Your help efforts will actually help move the videos up the line and […]