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Exciting News!

September 6, 2011

Mr. B says that I’m being a lazy blogger, and I guess that is true. This will be a post chock full of pictures, updates, and excitement to make up for it though. Prepare yourself for the majesty:


We finished 3/4 of the roofing panels!

We finished the interior toe up in preparation for baling.

The toe up has a 4.5″ strip of insulation (R 24) to prevent cold air from entering the floor. We also included a strip of washed river rock and 1/2″ weep holes drilled through the floor. If there is ever a water leak (or a washer explosion), these will prevent water from wicking up into the bales and will allow water to drain into the crawl space. We also installed galvanized nails on the interior and exterior toe ups. Instead of using rebar, we chose to use the nails to grab the first course of bales.

So, now the exciting news: we are ready to start baling!! Mr. B’s brother, Mr. E, is staying with us for a week and is starting to move bales this morning. We finished framing 100% of the windows and doors that will be covered by bales, so we are ready to start. The remaining 1/4 of the roof will be covered later this week, but we want to make use of a willing worker for the week we have him.

To prepare to bale, Mr. B fabricated a baling needle.

A baling needle is used to push baling twine through the bale. This lets you re-tie bales to custom sizes during stacking, and can also be used to push twine through bales when attaching the mesh. We got plans for the bale needle from this website.

We also bought our first chainsaw! It may be a 16″ electric chainsaw that looks suspiciously like a toy, but it is a chainsaw none the less. We’ll use it to notch the bales so they fit around the posts and windows. Mr. B looked like a kid with a new toy when he took it out of the box.

We’ll be practicing re-tying, notching, and stacking bales tonight, so I’ll post updates in the next few days to let you know how things are going.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    September 6, 2011 10:36 am

    Love it! Mr B with his new real-toy reminds me of Mr E with a toy-toy chainsaw. He headed to the backyard trees Christmas day, then came back inside horribly disappointed–“It doesn’t work!”. He thought a 3 yr old should have a working tool.

  2. September 6, 2011 10:37 am

    All your boys are firm believers in real tools!

  3. September 6, 2011 7:53 pm

    Good luck. Love the new toy. Can I borrow it sometime if we’re ever neighbors?

  4. September 7, 2011 7:08 am

    Of course! Hopefully we’ll have a “real” chainsaw in the future that I could also loan you 🙂

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