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Re: GSBN:Seeking some advice - metal framing


Metal frame systems are used in a variety of regions.

Last summer our primary bale producer in Rimbey, Alberta, built a 1000 sqft.
shop for his eldest son using recycled 6" oil well drill casing as posts.
The pipe was cleaned and painted, then filled with vermiculite insulation
and mounted in the middle of the bale wall. He does not foresee any problems
with the metal posts.

Tony Perry, in New Mexico,  published a story on his mid wall metal post
system in The Last Straw a few years ago.

There is a three story 4,000 sqft. metal frame bale home near rain soaked
Seattle, WA, with no reported problems.

We are scheduled to bale and plaster a two story metal post bale home in the
Rockies this spring using the high strength and quick build Wolf Hook
connector system. <a  target="_blank" href="http://community.webshots.com/user/wwilbert";>http://community.webshots.com/user/wwilbert</a>  and
<a  target="_blank" href="http://telusplanet.net/public/wolfhook";>http://telusplanet.net/public/wolfhook</a>

On a similar note, a client replaced a window in her load bearing home with
a larger one. Her home was built in 1996 when we still used rebar embalers
and wall pins. She removed the rebar pins and embalers in the area to do the
renovation. After five years in the walls, none of the rebar showed any
signs of moisture or mould.

all the best,


Sustainable Works
Habib John Gonzalez
615 Cedar Street, Nelson, B.C.
Canada V1L 2C4
tel/fax 250.352.3731
"Better the kindness of imperfection than perfection without kindness."

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joyce Coppinger" jc10508@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 11:23 AM
Subject: GSBN:Seeking some advice - metal framing

> Hello All,
> We're having a very interesting exchange of messages lately. Keep it up -
> it's good for us all.
> So, I'll jump in here with a question, too. Over the weekend I was talking
> to a family that's planning to build and I need some good advice from
> who's been asked these same questions. The owner wants to use metal
> (existing metal building, perhaps) for a straw-bale home. But has recently
> been warned against it because of lightning striking the metal framing and
> setting the bales afire. What is your reply to people about this?
> And, what do you say about metal conducting heat and cold...and metal
> attracting moisture which may cause the bales to rot or there to be mold
> mildew?
> What do you recommend about setting the bales in a metal frame - inside
> framing, outside the framing, set around and the metal cut into the bales?
> Thanks,
> Joyce
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> Joyce Coppinger
> Managing Editor/The Last Straw,
> the international quarterly journal of strawbale and natural building
> The Green Prairie Foundation for Sustainability/GPFS (publisher)
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