Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
As of today, the eastern part of our southern exposure (I know, weird, but how else?), the part between the french doors and the 'front' door is already done. That is, we won't be putting more cob on that section. it still needs windows (though the framing posts are there) and plaster, etc, but it does feel like an accomplishment.
Here it is from the inside, with a drinking bottle in the future candle niche. That will get straighted up with plaster and perhaps a tile or stone shelf.
The southwest side is already past my knees, and it will be time to start putting in the window posts there pretty soon.
Here's a shot showing how high the walls are from the western outside. And Melissa is pointing to the water inlet pipe that will bring water in to the kitchen sink. Way down below that in the stone wall, you can see the drain pipe coming out.
Here Melissa is pointing to one of the two air pipes (covered with a fine anti-bug screen) that are buried in the wall as part of my plan to help vent the propane fridge pilot light. The ones that are in now will be cold air in, and later I'll put hot air out.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A little bit at a time, we're building the walls higher. We've got one full layer around the kitchen:
and the south window side of the living room is almost as high as it will go!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We realized that we were already high enough on the south wall that we needed to bury in our window posts before going any higher. So that meant figuring out which windows will go where, marking the distances, finding the posts, shaving the sides flat, peeling the rest, varnishing the bottoms (to protect them from the moisture in the mud) and making sure they were all plum and level.
That took a little while, but we got it done.
Providing proof that we have at least one mountain lion killing deer up here, Jack likes to go off into the woods and come back with pieces of deer to chew on.
Well, keeps him busy I guess.
would you believe that some steel parts on the front of my truck cracked? It's actually the brackets that hold the leaf spring in place. Amazingly, we drove home without really knowing it was broken.
My amazing neighbors Mac and Misha came over when I was asking for advice, and decided they should weld it back together to allow us to get to town without towing it, anyway.
Just another day in the country!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
As you know, I run my truck on waste veggie oil, which I get from restaurants. Well, I also have mice living in my truck. Guess where this is going?
yup. They chewed through the line from the tank to the filter. had to replace about 9 feet of hose.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Because there's so much more clay in this mix, and no big gravel chunks, it's much easier to 'cob' it up - make it into lumps to carry over to the wall (here you can see that we're working on the butteress, to start bringing it up to the level of the other wall)
As you put it on the wall, it needs to be 'keyed' in to the other pieces, and we use little wooden handles to push holes and connect it all together.
Here you can see how when we put one layer down, we then put a 'zipper' on top of it, so that when it dries, the next layer will have something with some real 'teeth' to connect to, creating a very strong bond between layers:
So, of course it wasn't a simple thing. I ended up cutting down and finding lots of rebar. So, there was a lot of sledge hammer work....
Well, we finally got our laundry situation *ironed out*. I made a small redwood frame after a design Melissa saw on some home supply websi...
Still Pegging, Brackets. All the pegs are in now, and in some cases I still have to go back and saw off the ends. Sort of debated about lea...