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Archive for July, 2010

Cement Plaster Video

Friday, July 30th, 2010:

Here’s a brief summary of the cement plastering process we used on the exterior of our earthbag roundhouse: Step 1: Put cement between the bags in the gaps. Step 2: Add thin coat of cement over bags. Step 3: Add more cement. Step 4: Add more cement. Step 5: Trowel the plaster smooth and use […]  Read more from > Cement Plaster Video

Roundhouse Update: Light Fixtures

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010:

We just finished installing light fixtures in our earthbag roundhouse. This step has taken a lot longer than anticipated. The porch light by the front door was easy to find since it is conventional looking. But we wanted something special inside for our three wall sconces because they’re more prominent. Two sconces, one on each […]  Read more from > Roundhouse Update: Light Fixtures

Other Uses for ¼” Steel Rod

Sunday, July 25th, 2010:

An earlier post described how to use ¼” steel rod to install electrical boxes you may have forgotten. This steel is incredibly versatile and so it’s handy to have some around during construction. Here’s a list of things we’ve used it for: attaching bracket for wall mounted bath sink; attaching shelf brackets and nailers; reinforcing […]  Read more from > Other Uses for ¼” Steel Rod

Freeform Earthbags Between Boulders

Friday, July 23rd, 2010:

The folks at Phangan Earthworks in Thailand have created a marvelously meditative structure using earthbags placed between existing large boulders that was then capped by a wood-framed roof and eventually thatched.  The result is a symphony of forms that mirror nature and quiet the mind. The open, well-vented design remains pleasant at all times. You […]  Read more from > Freeform Earthbags Between Boulders