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Made some progress today on a modular panel design. Thanks [...]

Brantford, Ontario
via Ubuntu - Canada - Ontario - Peterborough
Made some progress today on a modular panel design. Thanks to Trygve (…) for posting a link to this (…) in which the word "modular" was mentioned. I am attempting to "ubuntuize" the building construction so that it takes advantage of the fact that there might be different ages and skill levels involved. That means that we want the sizes of the components to be manageable, we want to encourage creativity, and we want the construction to be adaptable. All that to say that the result is more like a Lego(R) building block! Nothing new there. But it is in the fact that I don't see construction being done this way. Lengths used in modern construction are typically 8' for 2x4s, 2x6s or longer for 2x8s and 2x10s. This means they are more difficult to handle. Also plywood and drywall come in 4' x 8' sheets which are difficult to handle, even for a physically fit adult. So we pare that all way down, so the panels are only 18" x 24" and then we put the emphasis on finishing as much of the construction of the panel while it is on the work bench. The end result is a 6" x 18" x 24" panel, which ideally, will be insulated, finished for the outside for outside use, or finished for the inside wall or floor accordingly. Right now I am just using 1" x 10" pine which are off cuts from a project I am working on. I am pretty sure discarded pallets in good shape could be used (which may available for free), or on the high tech end, sicila fibers similar to those used on the Space Shuttle tiles (…) made of, wait for it, high quality sand. Hmm, should have lots of that around...

A panel or a group of panels could be left out for a window or door, and the two horizontal dimensions (18" and 24") could be used to achieve different total widths. A lot of words for something that is quite simple, but that is sometimes how it goes. Let me know what you think or if you might have ideas to waterproof the panel with something eco friendly or how to finish both inside and outside while still being able to fasten the panels together. Right now I intend to leave the inside of the panel open, build the structure and finish the open side as needed.
idk if it's waterproof or eco friendly, but must be handy?
Sunday 17 July 2016, 00:26:38
Sunday 17 July 2016, 00:28:28
Thanks Pedro. I have looked at the link. Here is the molecular structure of lignin (…) and here is the periodic table of the elements (…) I don't see Me in there and don't know what it is. That would be key to determine how biologically friendly it would be if isolated. Thanks very much for posting that. I was also thinking recently of if it is possible to derive thread to use in the making of cloth. This sentence in the article say, " The product being worked on in the lab uses lignin exclusively from commercially grown grasses." Lot's of grass around here. Perhaps it's just a matter of being creative to find almost all we need right around us.
Sunday 17 July 2016, 02:13:01
I am living on the edge of a marsh, and there is a lot of organic material around here. Also, growing up in farm country, we had to hay from time to time, and it was always refreshing to relax in or around the hay and to breathe in the smell. Very earthy. Third, Michael Tellinger was talking about how images were taken of water that were kindly spoken to. i.e. there was an imprint on the molecular structure. Finally, Kari H is informing us that orgonite (… does Orgonite Work) could be used to offset the negative effects of wireless energy. So why don't we just put the dang stuff in the walls? Works for me. Take a mix of the right ingredients, whatever is handy, follow some of the principles of layering, encase in resin or as called for (thereby making more waterproof) and voila! Instant chai house.

But seriously, I think just being/living in a cabin in the woods or a log house might have the same effect and might be a reason people are drawn to that environment. Something to think about...
Sunday 17 July 2016, 03:05:26
How about cob and straw bale? 770 sqft and supposedly just over 20K to build.…. Personally, I like the idea of designing one's own cob house, rather than following plans like this, but that's hard to do with all of the red tape you face with building a house. Check out my pinterest board on homemade homes. My husband is a sculptor and has made organite before, though it was for my son to have in his room at night as a comfort against nightmares.
Monday 18 July 2016, 19:07:12
Erica, thanks. I have been thinking about this. It looks like it should be very simple, but for some reason difficult at the same time. Not sure why.
Monday 8 August 2016, 01:27:58
Erica, guess what? I am on a property with a straw bale and earth block house, and another straw bale house (this one being made with the large rectangular bales) going up as we speak.
Wednesday 14 September 2016, 02:04:32
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