First Coat Render

23 04 2015

With the help of a spray pump and some trusty helpers, the first coat of render went on in about one and a half days. The recipe was about 40 shovels of red maslin plasterer’s sand, 2 20kg bags of hydrated lime and half a bag of cement.

 

benno troweling the render

benno troweling the render

scott spraying the render on in the first coat "ugly duckling" stage

scott spraying the render on in the first coat “ugly duckling” stage

internal walls after first coat

internal walls after first coat

internal walls after first coat

internal walls after first coat

mixing the render

mixing the render

megsi troweling on the render

megsi troweling on the render

fiberglass mesh troweled into the render

fiberglass mesh troweled into the render





Continuing on…

16 04 2015

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First fix plumbing

10 04 2015

First fix electrical started just before we began putting the walls up, and is still continuing. In between our two wall raising weekends the first fix plumbing occurred, with the two trades engaging in friendly fire – sparky drilled through a plumbing pipe; plumbers got to a hole for conduit before the sparky so he had to drill through the huge LVL to get a spot. Meanwhile, the carpenter was kept busy creating trimming for all and sundry.

First fix plumbing in the first bathroom showing the basin, shower and toilet pipe work.

First fix plumbing in the first bathroom showing the basin, shower and toilet pipe work.

On Sunday, Nathan the roofer turned up to catch up on some work - putting the Ironstone coloured capping on the roof.

On Sunday, Nathan the roofer turned up to catch up on some work – putting the Ironstone coloured capping on the roof.

First fix plumbing

First fix plumbing – basin?

First fix plumbing

First fix plumbing

Aluminium supports for holding the ceiling plasterboard in place

Aluminium supports for holding the ceiling plasterboard in place

The bales made for interesting scaffolding when putting up the ceiling supports.

The bales made for interesting scaffolding when putting up the ceiling supports.





Finishing the bale walls

10 04 2015

If a third of the wall was preparation work, a third actually putting the bales in place, then the last third is finishing the corners, tops etc and getting the walls nice and even and straight. By the end of this weekend we hope to have the walls up and completely finished, and they are being checked over by the expert on Tuesday.

bandl housey

making biscuits

making biscuits

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Wall raising weekend continued

5 04 2015
alternating cut and folded sides of the bale with each course

alternating cut and folded sides of the bale with each course

compressing the bales using the tension tool to pull down on the strapping

compressing the bales using the tension tool to pull down on the strapping

looking down the south wall of the house, facing east

looking down the south wall of the house, facing east

attaching moisture barrier plastic to any exposed bits of concrete so the bales don't absorb moisture from it.

attaching moisture barrier plastic to any exposed bits of concrete so the bales don’t absorb moisture from it.

Looking down the south internal living room wall

Looking down the south internal living room wall

Cutting and stapling mesh - a time consuming part of the prep work

Cutting and stapling mesh – a time consuming part of the prep work

Horizontal strapping around wall sections so timber framework does not bow out

Horizontal strapping around wall sections so timber framework does not bow out





The wall raising weekend part 1

3 04 2015

Our trusty and hard working volunteers worked like bust bees today to get most of the front third of the house wall up to the 6th course of bales, compressed and straightened. That means the main and second bedrooms have straw bale walls! We’re making good progress!

Looking down hallway one at the sections of straw bale wall.

Looking down hallway one at the sections of straw bale wall.

The sexy front wall.

The sexy front wall.

Looking at the walls inside bedroom one at the end of Friday's working bee.

Looking at the walls inside bedroom one at the end of Friday’s working bee.

It makes for a messy workspace.

It makes for a messy workspace.

Front of the house walls almost all done in straw.

Front of the house walls almost all done in straw.

Chainsaw duty - notching bales.

Chainsaw duty – notching bales.

Stapling cage mesh to the frame to support the corners.

Stapling cage mesh to the frame to support the corners.

Using the straight edge to ensure the wall is straight and all bales are placed nicely.

Using the straight edge to ensure the wall is straight and all bales are placed nicely.

A wall to 6 courses high and compressed with strapping over a top plate.

A wall to 6 courses high and compressed with strapping over a top plate.

Laying bales in a running bond, alternating the cut and folded sides of the bale each course.

Laying bales in a running bond, alternating the cut and folded sides of the bale each course.

Gravel in the trench - slightly mounded in the middle so the bales do not compress down into the trench.

Gravel in the trench – slightly mounded in the middle so the bales do not compress down into the trench.

Stapling black plastic to the overhead LVL so it doesn't absorb moisture once render is on.

Stapling black plastic to the overhead LVL so it doesn’t absorb moisture once render is on.

The bottom plate with strapping in - alternating sides so the eventual compression is even.

The bottom plate with strapping in – alternating sides so the eventual compression is even.

Benno shovelling gravel in the bottom plate trenches.

Benno shovelling gravel in the bottom plate trenches.

 

 





Week 12 Wall raising

1 04 2015

Electrical first fix and other bits and pieces occured on site this week while we took a day to learn from the expert how to build straw bale walls.

Bales stacked under the roof in the LDK

Bales stacked under the roof in the LDK

Throwing a bale off the truck

Throwing a bale off the truck

Truck. 345 bales of construction grade wheaten straw.

Truck. 345 bales of construction grade wheaten straw.

Putting gravel in the trenches.

Putting gravel in the trenches.

Satpling plastic to the LVL.

Satpling plastic to the LVL.

Mesh in place.

Mesh in place.

Gravel. 14mm.

Gravel. 14mm.

6 courses in and ready for compressing.

6 courses in and ready for compressing.

Compressing.

Compressing.

Stacking.

Stacking.

Stacking

Stacking

Stacking

Stacking

Laying the first house bale.

Laying the first house bale.

Compressing the other way.

Compressing the other way.








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