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The Next Thing

December 5, 2011

So, we finished the heat a few weeks ago, and now we’re on to the next thing. This is outside, of course, and involves ladders. The high was in the 20s yesterday and the teens today, so this is difficult and very cold task.

The next thing is putting up welded wire mesh on the outside of the house. The mesh goes on both the inside and outside of the house, over electrical outlets, and is tied through the bales. This gives the wall more shear value and helps the plaster adhere to the bales. Since it has gotten so late in the year, we’ve decided to focus on the outside. We’ll run baling twine to the inside of the house from the outside, and then we’ll cover the entire house in Tyvec to protect the bales and add some wind protection. Before the mesh can go up though, we have to finish stuffing the holes in the exterior with straw and put up metal J-flashing. The flashing goes around the windows and on the top and bottom of the house. It acts as a screed for the plaster and will give a clean edge to our finished plaster. We also put up some sub-trim around the doors and windows. We wanted our finished trim to sit proud of the plaster and windows, but since the finished plaster will be 1 1/2″ thick, we needed to add a piece of trim to make the trim taller. We used a “cost effective” pine, which also helped us place the J-flashing in the right place.

Mr. B also finished spraying our exterior doors and door frames with polyurethane this weekend. I’m hoping to pick up door knobs and deadbolts today, and we might even be able to hang the doors tonight! Right now we have plastic over the doors and extra pieces of insulation tied over the doors.

In other news, we got more snow and we don’t get much direct sunlight anymore. Our neighbors on the north side of the creek don’t get any more direct sunlight at this point, but we still get a few hours a day. The picture below was taken at about 2 in the afternoon yesterday. I guess passive solar design is really only effective if you get sunlight, but when it does hit the house the entire place is flooded with light. Mission accomplished.

I also finished a hat. I actually finished it a few months ago but just got around to taking a picture of it. The pattern is Jane Richmond’s Autumn hat, and it was such a quick knit (3 hours)! It is slouchy, but I was so cold I pulled it all the way over my head.

New hat!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Gibson permalink
    December 5, 2011 7:50 am

    Are you going to be able to plaster the exterior in the Winter? I am thinking no, brrrrrrr!!!!

    Looks great. Remind me to put a new flannel shirt on mr. b’s xmas list.

  2. December 5, 2011 8:03 am

    We won’t be able to plaster this winter – it has to be above 40 degrees for several days 😦
    That is Mr. B’s jacket, but he can always use another flannel!

  3. Alex permalink
    December 6, 2011 4:43 pm

    After all the kniting, hope the other hat ws not a let down.

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