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Dear Tim,

>From Denmark we'd like to support the general consensus about Keeping It Simple (Sweetheart).
As to not incorporate obstacles in regard to the building authorities.

Lars Keller


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From: tim Owen-Kennedy timok@...
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Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 12:26 AM
Subject: GSBN:Low Tech SB wall


> hello all,
> 
> We are winding down the testing portion of the EBNet's straw bale
> construction testing program and we will be building the cyclical in-plane
> test walls in Illinois over the next three weeks. Without going in to the
> details, we are testing 3 earth plastered walls and 3 cement/lime stuccoed
> walls (quickrete exterior stucco).  Each of these sets range from
> simplest/most common to reasonably engineered to over engineered. ;-)
> 
> The question that I would like input on is the top plate and base connection
> for the simplest earth plastered wall. In California we don't have much
> occasion to build with this commonly built wall. We really want to avoid the
> folly of a silly solution that everyone will have to replicate. We will
> strap the wall with poly every two feet. This however does not seem to be
> enough.
> 
> So here is what we're considering:
> 
> Mesh wraped under the sill and over the box beam that just covers the first
> and top course of bales. ( most logical for us mesh happy balers though if
> you're gonna mesh top and bottom you might as well go all the way.
> unfortunately that is our mis range wall.
> 
> 16d galvinized nails 4" on center imbedded only one inch into the plates and
> box beam.
> 
> Developing a decent way to hold onto the top and bottom plates with exterior
> bamboo pins
> 
> Imbalers, wood 2x2 top and rebar bottom (I really like to avoid this but it
> has been done quite a bit)
> 
> 16-18" Sip screws with wide washers installed after the first course and on
> an angle up into the box beam (something I've tried with window bucks)
> 
> OTHER?
> 
> Also, if someone will be near the Urbana, Illinois testing site and could
> help plaster let me know.
> 
> Tim
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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