Day 7: Raising the walls! and setting the roof plate

20 03 2009

Wow, today was awesome πŸ™‚ We started with the bales today. We stacked them on our wide foundation. Each layer was staggered from the layer below it, like gigantic brick laying, and 2ft pieces of rebar were used to stake each layer of bales together.

Once we finished putting up our six layers of straw bale, we had to figure out how we were going to get the roof plate we built yesterday on top of these walls! At that moment it was Rick, Randy, Jon, and I. We knew that the four of us could not get the heavy lumber roof plate on top of 8ft walls! So we started calling people. I got my co-workers Rene and Carolina to show up, but that still wasn’t enough man power to make this happen. We were thinking of who else we could get to come help when a big recycling pick-up truck pulls up in the alley and Rene says to me, “hey, I know that guy. Maybe I can go ask him to come help us.” Then I realized I knew him too because he and his wife are regulars at Cielito Lindo. So, I went and asked him, Chris, and his friend with him, Nathan, if they could come help us with this roof plate we are trying to put on top of straw bale walls. haha, so random! And they did help! They were definitely a God send…it was quite perfect.

We didn’t know how exactly we were going to accomplish this feat since none of us were 8 ft tall, so we thought we would first just see how heavy it was with the seven of us picking it up. When we picked it up, the dispersed weight wasn’t bad at all, so we went ahead and walked the roof plate over to the walls. Then we proceeded to hoist it above our heads and started moving it over the walls. It got a bit complicated but in the end the roof plate got on and fit perfect and all in a matter of about 20 minutes! It was pretty amazing, and I was very happy.

Well, so this is definitely starting to look like a building! I love it! Take a look at today’s progress…

first layer of bale wall

first layer of bale wall

bales on foundation

bales on foundation

Rick cutting rebar stakes

Rick cutting rebar stakes

Jana threading twine through bale to make half-bales

Jana threading twine through bale to make half-bales

walls getting higher

walls getting higher

The team that put up the roof plate! left to right: Rene, Chris, Nathan, Rick, Jana, Jon, (Randy taking picture)

The team that put up the roof plate! left to right: Rene, Chris, Nathan, Rick, Jana, Jon, (Randy taking picture)

today's final product! soo cool :) i love it!

today's final product! soo cool πŸ™‚ i love it!

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21 03 2009
Doug Johnston (The dad)

Way cool!!

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