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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2007
    Well I have read book1

    I think I understand less than I thought I did :shamed:

    But anyway Amazon Nails have been in touch and I'm not sure atm how to go forward - too many questions
    >500 straw bales.....at £2 each
    That sounds a bit dear. In Lincolnshire (where they grow the straw) I pay 60p.

    >My books arrived btw (psst Am I supposed to read them??)
    No, just pile them up, brick fashion, and drive a hazel stake through them.
    We pay about £1.50 delivered for 100ish at a time. I would try to negotiate for a better rate for 500ish.
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2007 edited
    So do they have to be "special" straw bales?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2007
    No normal small ones will do. It seems that the baler's can be told to pack the bales tighter and it is accepted that more densely packed bales are firmer to build with. In your case Katy as your structure is already there I think that less dense bales would offer better insulation. Will you lime render them?
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2007
    I think so
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2007
    Is it realistic to expect the straw bales to be put up in a couple of weeks?
    If you've got enough bodies, bales and hazel. You need to get them rendered pronto too, or be able to cover the whole lot up.
    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2007
    Why would less dense balse offer better insulation? Dense bales are best for building in our experience. You won't need to plaster the bales straight away if you can hang tarp or netting around the walls. It's not such a problem if moisture gets to the outside of the wall, only if it gets in through the top, which can create rotting.If you are lime rendering, it would be advisable to wait until late april, early may in order for the lime to carbonate properly. Ideally wait until the temperature is 10 degrees and above.
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2007
    I think we are looking at july/aug (hopefully)

    The roof might go on first (I think) so that should protect them?
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2007
    Posted By: KatymacThe roof might go on first (I think) so that should protect them?
    Yes. Are you going to add projecting eaves Katymac? Where are you at with the project generally?
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2007
    Amazon Nails are going to do drawings

    After PP & BR I am going to

    Tell you what I'll do a proper update........
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