Friday, 7 April 2017

Spring has sprung!

The snow has melted and there's mud everywhere...We've got a few projects we need to take care of this spring before we can get started back up on the Earthship build. The next step is the concrete bond beam and buttresses, and we'll likely get to that around June, depending on how fast we finish up our other projects and of course depending also on weather.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

All tarped up!

I have no idea why it's taken me this long to post these pictures. There was one week in mid-Oct where it was fairly nice and things dried up (it had been raining off and on for a few weeks). We got tarps on everything during that dry window and then it started to rain again a few days later, so perfect timing.
Tom scowling at the camera.
 The two main tarps are 40ft x 60 ft, so a lot of the berm is covered too. It should keep the snow melt off so that we can get started right away in the spring, and more importantly, it will keep water off during the freeze/thaw cycle for those weeks in the winter when it's above zero, sunny, and melting during the day, and below zero and freezing during the night. You definitely want to avoid water getting into the tire walls when those freeze/thaw cycles occur. This should hopefully be the only winter we have to do this; we hope to get the roof on by the end of next summer/fall.
That's about $500 worth of tarp in this one shot. Probably $600 of tarps all together. They're the good quality super thick ones so hopefully we can reuse them for other purposes in years to come.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Summer's over!

It's starting to get cold and rainy out (getting close to zero degrees Celcius on some nights) and "real life" is starting to take up more of our time. We will be tarping up very soon and calling it for the season. We got over 500 tires pounded (only about 20 small sized tires left to do along the south wall to support the windows), culverts, insulation, cisterns all backburried. It was a productive summer, and we look forward to starting back up next summer. Thanks everyone for your support and enthusiasm! :)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Updated Tire Count

We're close to being done pounding tires! So close. Updated tire count on the front wall (the south facing wall that will support the windows):
1st row: 215's---38 tires pounded
2nd row: 205's---3 tires pounded (35 more to go)
There will only be two rows total for this front part.
All lined up and ready to go. Any takers?

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Screen Doors

I was away at a conference so it was just Tom out here with all the animals. We had been talking about installing screen doors on the trailer and rabbitry to keep flies out. He checked a bunch of stores and unless you're willing to pay hundreds of dollars, your only options are absolute garbage. So, he made and installed two doors himself while I was gone. I just got back and together we Maghda-proofed them with some chicken wire. She absolutely destroyed the screen on the screen door at our house in Brandon trying to paw at the doorknob to open the door. She's relentless, and she can open doors as long as they open inwards.
Trailer door. The "T" is to prevent the screen from sagging.

Rabbitry door

Bonus pic: Maghda + puppies!! Under the spare camper.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

More packout

Finishing up the initial packout. We filled in the scallops/valleys between each pair of tires a few weeks ago. Now we've connected them with more concrete mix. I like to think of the filled scallops as O's that we just connected by a bunch of X's. We still have just shy of 50 tires to pound along the front (south facing wall to support the windows). Once the tires are done we'll be continuing packout with adobe, making the walls one relatively smooth surface with no lumps.

Bonus pic: Maghda had puppies!!!

Monday, 15 August 2016

South tire rows

We need to do two rows of tires along the south wall to hold up the windows. We've decided to use 215's for the first row and 205's for the second row. This wall is not load-bearing; it just has to hold the weight of the windows. The smaller sized tires should be fine for this, and will make it nice & quick. We've lined up the 215's and it will take 38 tires for the first row. We had four enthusiastic volunteers come out Saturday and we pounded 13 tires! We've now finished tire #16 so 22 more to go for the first course.