We’re done sandblasting (I hope!)

We’re done sandblasting (I hope!)

Posted by in Bond beam, Construction, Earthship, Front Wall on 13. Oct, 2010 | 0 Comments

We finished installing the base of the extruded aluminum glazing system last week.  The work went well; we figured out how to install the rubber gaskets into the aluminum without destroying our thumbs and worked from one end of the building to the other installing the glazing.

We also started flashing around the operable windows as … Read More →

Where Did All the Pop Cans Go?

Where Did All the Pop Cans Go?

Posted by in Bond beam, Can walls, Construction, Earthship, Front Wall, Graywater, Tires on 22. Apr, 2010 | 1 Comment

We’ve been robbed!

After months of collecting pop cans we had BAGS of cans squirreled away in our storage shed.  When I popped my head in the shed yesterday to admire our collection I realized most of the cans were gone and there were just a few lonely bags left …

The culprit was not very … Read More →

Pop can walls and more fiber harvesting…

Pop can walls and more fiber harvesting…

Posted by in Bond beam, Can walls, Construction, Earthship, Front Wall, Sheep on 18. Apr, 2010 | 2 Comments

Today we started laying pop cans for the second side of the bond beam form.  Last night we screened gravel and ran a string line.  This morning at 8:00 am we started and it went very fast! 

At 10:30 the sheep shearer (Phillip) showed up to shear or yearling ewes, Ginny, Zoom, Twirl-A-Girl and Whiskers.  Philip … Read More →

Almost one year later…pop can walls!

Almost one year later…pop can walls!

Posted by in Bond beam, Can walls, Earthship, Front Wall on 16. Apr, 2010 | 0 Comments

We started our first pop can wall today.  We decided to make the bond beam form on the front wall out of pop cans, a traditional method according to Michael Reynolds.

We opted for cans because the front wall will be most susceptible to moisture, both from the dirt that will be backfilled to this wall, … Read More →

Pouring The Concrete Bond Beam

Pouring The Concrete Bond Beam

Posted by in Bond beam, Construction on 01. Apr, 2010 | 2 Comments

A few days ago was the day and man am I tired!  After months of waiting through winter, we picked yesterday to pour the concrete bond beam on top of the back wall.  We have been preparing for this pour since we started work on the house again in February; screening gravel and sand, building … Read More →

Progress on the house

Progress on the house

Posted by in Bond beam, Construction, Earthship on 01. Mar, 2010 | 4 Comments

I have been busy this week investigating some possible work opportunities so Chris has been working a little on his own.  But this weekend saw us get a fair bit done on the house.  Most exciting, today (Sunday) we started plastering in our first pop cans (during the Canada/USA gold medal hockey game).  I drove the … Read More →

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