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-> Joe Kennedy, in Argentina, asks your natural-building advice.
by "Mark Piepkorn (f.k.a. M J Epko [R.I.P.])"
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-> Oops - Joe Kennedy's email address...
by "Mark Piepkorn (f.k.a. M J Epko [R.I.P.])"
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Date: 30 Jan 1999 08:02:40 -0600
From: "Mark Piepkorn (f.k.a. M J Epko [R.I.P.])"
<duckchow@...>
Subject: Joe Kennedy, in Argentina, asks your natural-building advice.

My prefatory question for anybody: What's Joe mean when he says "can
manuse"? Cow manure? Canned mongoose? Canadian moose? Cranberries?

At 09:36 PM 1/29/99 -0300, Joe wrote:
>Dear Mark:
>All is going well here. It is summer! with a vengeance: hot and
>humid, though we do have fresh tomatoes and watermelon. Water is
>largely hand-pumped, electricity from a windmill, and cooking
>done on ultra-efficient wood-burning stoves and ovens, solar
>showers too, and composting toilets. I plan to document all the
>cool stuff for an article for The Last Straw. Let me know
>deadlines for the next couple of issues.
>
>I am in need of some help from the natural building community, as
>I am not familiar with this climate. Here are the conditions: hot
>humid summers, with somewhat drier winters. Substantial rains
>throughout the year. Mostly need summer cooling, with some winter
>heating. Totally flat landscape with fine silty soils (loess).
>Lots of grass which makes excellent straw (similar to rice straw).
>Lots of old broken bricks. An excellent (though limited) clay
>deposit. Sand available for purchase. No stone. Some recycled
>timber, and some trees on site which could be used for "latillas"
>and "wattle" for wattle and daub. Lots of can manuse.
>
>Questions:
>1- Any natural building ideas considering the above climate and
>materials availability?
>
>2- Because of the lack of stone or gravel, and the desire to use
>as little cement as possible, would a concrete/brick/chunk/sand
>foundation with a reinforced concrete chunk/brick/chunk grade beam
>be feasible?
>
>3- Any non-toxic options for preserving wood against insects?
>
>4- Any non-toxic water-proofing idea between foundation and
>planned cob walls?
>
>5- Solar radiant floor heating ideas?
>
>Could you post the above to the various natural building lists, and
>anyone else you can think of, and ask people to respond to me
>directly? It would be of invaluable help.
>
>All my best to everyone. Stay warm.
>
>Joe


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Date: 30 Jan 1999 08:26:46 -0600
From: "Mark Piepkorn (f.k.a. M J Epko [R.I.P.])"
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Subject: Oops - Joe Kennedy's email address...

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