Building Your Straw Bale Home by Brian Hodge

By Brian Hodge

This functional advisor is written particularly for the owner-builder and gives step by step directions supported by means of diagrams and images.

It covers the development method from website training via to foundations, concrete slabs, strip footings and stumps. targeted recommendations for straw bale building and the combination of those thoughts with these of traditional condominium development also are lined, together with flooring, trees wall-frames, ceilings and roof framing. suggestion is obtainable on plumbing and electric paintings in a straw bale condominium.

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If the digger drives over the lime some of it will stick to his tyres, but there will normally be enough left on the ground to mark the position. If you are concerned about this it is probably worth using both stakes and lime. Alternatively you could use ground-marking spray paint from a pressure pack. Spray paint is certainly not my chosen method. Stump hole inspection The holes must be free of all loose material prior to the stump hole inspection. Once all the holes are dug all of the loose dirt must be removed from the holes.

It will also specify the likely depth of the holes to establish a solid base. While digging the holes it is crucial that you ensure that the soil described in the soil report is accessed. The depth of the hole is secondary to the material in the bottom of the hole. Timber sole plates Timber sole plates are only used in combination with timber stumps. While timber has limited capacity to support a heavy load it is a very simple sole plate to install. Most weatherboard homes built in the last hundred or so years will have been built on timber sole plates.

Sole plates: materials and installation Let me first clarify terminology. When I speak of foundations I am not speaking of the concrete, timber, or other materials that we put into the ground, rather the earth that these materials are positioned on. I am told that the pressure applied by a 65 kg woman wearing stiletto heeled shoes is greater than that of an elephant’s foot. The reason of course is that the load of the stiletto heel is focused on a very small area, whereas, while the weight of the elephant is obviously much greater in total, the load is spread over a significantly bigger area of its four big flat feet.

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