Tell Me What To Do…An Opportunity To Get YOUR Questions Answered

Tell me what you want to learn aboutIt’s not every day that I suggest that tens of thousands of people tell me what to do. After all, I try hard to stay ahead of the game and get valuable information out to you via the blog and our newsletter; however, sometimes, it’s best to ask YOU, the readers, exactly what you’re looking for. This is one of those times.

I’m heading out to the first workshop of the 2019 season later this afternoon (we start tomorrow morning!) in Medford, Oregon (sorry, it’s sold out). I’ll have a week of opportunity to take pictures and video of specific aspects of the job site. So… there something specific that you would like me to capture and share with you? Are you interested in different ways of running electrical? How about details on framing options? Maybe your thing of specific interest is around how plastering comes together. Whatever it is that you’re interested in, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to capture some footage for you and to draft up a blog post once the workshop is done.

So what is it that you want to see and read about? Chances are I’ve already got some details about your interest on the blog, but it never hurts to ask. After all, there may be a new way to do something that hasn’t been updated on the blog for a while. Or maybe there is a different way of accomplishing the same results that I’ve not written about before. There are lots of details out there to discuss, and you have the opportunity to ask directly for personal results. So…go ahead, tell me what to do…


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18 Responses to Tell Me What To Do…An Opportunity To Get YOUR Questions Answered

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    Anna Lindsay Sat, June 15, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    Plastering please, since we didn’t get to experience it ourselves at Sunny Hollow in W.Virginia <3

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    Ami Sat, June 15, 2019 at 9:52 am #

    I would like to have some more detail on stuffing the bales to prep the surface for mesh & plaster. What volume of loose straw is okay to stuff? When should you switch to using the a straw/clay slip mixture? How exactly does the clay slip work? Where do you get the clay from?

    Also, really detailed video and photos on the finish coat would be helpful, as well as a segment on crack repair.

    Details on how to assess sand are hard to come by. A basic method for determining the composition of a sample would be great.

  3. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Sat, June 15, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    Will do Anna. Big hugs to you my friend.

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    Francisco Sage Sat, June 15, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    How about a wall tha will receive often rain ( from one side)

    What are plastering tips for this.


    Francisco Sage

  5. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Sat, June 15, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    These are great ideas Ami. I won’t have the opportunity this week to get photos or video of the finish plaster as we won’t get that far (you need to wait ten days in between each coat of plaster for curing). I will work on the other details for you and can talk finish plaster in a later post when I have the images I want to share for you.

  6. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Sat, June 15, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    I will let you know my thoughts on this Francisco. Thanks for the ask!

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    Mike Sat, June 15, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    I’m in the planing stage of my straw bale home now and was looking for alternative ways of finishing your straw bale walls? Do you have to use lime plaster or is there a different method that uses less labor man hours?

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    Ben Nicholes Sat, June 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

    Do you have a list of the states that allow straw-bale homes and which ones don’t?

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    Justin Sun, June 16, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    Andrew, I know from following you for years now that plastered bale walls are highly fireproof, I would be interested in seeing more specifics about the detailing important to continuing to make a wildland fireproof home. From other research I’ve done, I know that reducing fuels and things like fences, decks and trees adjacent to a structure are the first to address for their radiance or directly transferring fire to a structure. But what about the embers in vents or collecting in other cavities. I suppose this topic may be more outside the scope of strawbale; any resources you can point a finger at would be appreciated. Anyone interested in building their own home is also likely very interested in protecting that investment from the pervasive and ever increasing wildland fire danger. We tend to be the types who love the wildland-urban interface.

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    Jean M Mohrmann Sun, June 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm #

    If being used I’d love to see info about a rain catchment system on a straw bale house as well as geo thermal cooling.

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    Anna Lindsay Mon, June 17, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    Thanks Andrew. Love, hugs, and blessings to you and Gabriella too.
    Still hoping and praying that one day I’m in the position to build my SB home, and that I’ll see you here for it! <3

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    Sheila Campbell Mon, June 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

    Bale stops. I read the article but I’m still not sure how they work. And thanks!

  13. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Tue, June 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

    Would be an honor!

  14. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, June 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    Thanks Sheila. Can you let me know what part is confusing for you so that I can better answer you? I want to make sure you get the information you’re looking for. I don’t think I’ll write a new article since I have the recent one about bale stops on the site already, but I can add to it or clarify things as needed.

  15. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, June 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi Jean. We didn’t have those systems in place on this workshop, but I will keep that in mind moving forward. I can tell you that rain catchment is a relatively easy thing to employ and is very satisfying to have in place. That said, some communities and states are banning the practice of harvesting your own water from rain. Crazy? Yes, but still something you’ll need to consider.

  16. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, June 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m writing an article about this right now. Stay tuned Justin…

  17. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, June 27, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi Ben. Straw bale homes are covered in Appendix S of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) which is the model code for the entire US (not including Wisconsin, which uses the IBC in place of the IRC). It’s rare that you’ll find a state where you can’t point to that code as a means to approval. Cheers.

  18. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, June 27, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Mike. You can use all kinds of siding options. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Although some save time and effort, they often require work in other parts of the process that plastering would not. Nothing with building is “easy”, but there are at least lots of options available.

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