pondelok, 23. augusta 2010

7th day - a new week

After the participants had 1 and 1/2 day off during the weekend, everybody was looking forward to take the building to the next level. Some had visited the Hričov festival, others spent some quality time in the Auqa Park or lakes nearby. A great weekend with great weather!

On saturday afternoon I got some help to drill holes for the ventilation system, and on sunday the ring for the skylight arrived. The carpenter put it on the roof of his car. Only old cars are strong enough for such load.

From Strawbale Dome Minke


We checked the fit of the skylight. The skylight ring has a rather high ring, because we plan to insulate the skylight also from the outside to avoid the worst heat bridges.

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On monday the real building started. The dome was going from a vertical wall to a horizontal slab...

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The dome is slowly closing up... rather fascinating!

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Placing the bales is not so easy, and a small change in the cuts produced some bigger gaps than anticipated. Probably the bending does change the calculated geometry a bit.

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From the outside the dome looks already complete:

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The "electricians" at work putting in the internet cables - we want to avoid using wifi in this building.

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The straw bales need a "haircut" before plastering - now the vaults look much neater on the inside.

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Piet the plasterer arrived a bit exhausted from a long trip from Germany - but we got the machine running after putting on new plugs (good to have Alexander the electrician in the team) and getting some sand.

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The "mud" machine. The plaster is our own mix based on clay from the Czech producer RIGI - Picas:

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Plastering the vaults:

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Also the girls got to try:

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Smoothing out the surface:

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Today was a hot day with some wind, so the first coat of rich clay plaster is drying out quickly:

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The dome and the plastered vaults at the end of the day:

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Tomorrow we should be mounting the ring for the skylight!

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