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.

 

 

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