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Links. Magazines we found helpful: Home Power magazine We feel it's the best magazine out there on solar living.

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Books we found very informative and helpful: Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques, by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer. Roof and Windows. May 2008 - Steve built the doorway into the garage first, then we started working on the garage sill plate.

Roof and Windows

The sill plate and stub walls are ready for I-joists. The stub wall on the left is on the north side of the house. June 2008 - The Tire Bale house project. DEEP DRIP 14 in. Tree Watering Stake-GKDD014. TUMBLEWEED. DEEP DRIP 14 in. Tree Watering Stake-GKDD014. Naturally Beautiful Walls. Naturally Beautiful Walls. Naturally Beautiful Walls. Zurn - Ecovantage High Efficiency Toilets Two Piece Toilets Commercial Fixtures. Alpha Chemicals - Zinc Sulfate. How to guide ....... Oiling & waxing wooden floors. Plans for a Small "Starter" Straw Bale Home or Guest House. Thermalstar, a unit made in Canada which has come out recently, combines both the high output of "evacuated heat tubes" and a large gravity fed batch tank on the roof - It received an excellent review in Home Power Magazine, Issue 97.

Plans for a Small "Starter" Straw Bale Home or Guest House

Cost is about $700. WINDOWS/DOORS:"Kloss" system for best energy efficiency (all windows and doors are doubled with a horizontal mini-blind installed in the 5-6" air space left between them) Ancient Finishes for Modern Distinction. Lime Plastering of Straw Bale Walls (Both Hand Applied and Professionally Shot) Clogging Somewhat more water than is used for traditional cement stucco was needed in order to keep the pumper/mixer and supply hose from clogging up.

Lime Plastering of Straw Bale Walls (Both Hand Applied and Professionally Shot)

Picture below -- grumbling stucco crew getting their pumper unclogged. Cracking We had some cracking as the stucco started to cure. This was easily repaired with a wet float sponge before the plaster was dry. A warm (but not hot) and humid environment is best to allow the stucco to cure slowly and not dry out too quickly. Apearance of Adobe Questions and Answers. Quentin Wilson and Associates, specializes in solar adobe design and construction.

Apearance of Adobe Questions and Answers

He grew up in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he watched adobe bricks being made. In the fifth grade, he made miniature adobes on cookie sheets in his mother’s oven in order to construct house models for a class assignment. By age thirteen he made full-sized adobes in the back yard and ruined the grass. Later, he traveled a bit, went through the Army, and graduated eventually from the University of New Mexico with a major in physics, minors in math, chemistry, and education in 1970.

After teaching high school two years and community college math for three more, Quentin moved into professional solar adobe construction in 1976 as the Project Manager and Instructor for the Sundwellings Demonstration Project at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. ∞ Earthen Floor Start to Finish. The process of this floor has long been in the works.

∞ Earthen Floor Start to Finish

I first tamped the earth beneath the building. Then added a layer of cut polypropylene bags. Then 6 inches of red pumice ( otherwise known as scoria ). The scoria has insulating properties and also acts as a capillary break from moisture of the earth. Down to Earth Design - online articles on natural building & sustainable design. Lime putty increases plasticity and workability the longer it is mixed.

Down to Earth Design - online articles on natural building & sustainable design

I recommend mixing in a mortar mixer (not a cement mixer!) For at least 20-30 minutes. Alternate the addition of sand and putty so your ingredients mix thoroughly. You can add a small amount of water if your mix is extremely thick. The plaster should be stiff but should spread easily, like cream cheese. Lime Works Ltd.