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Re: GSBN:TLS Request

Dear Joyce,

My first reaction is that I would love to see more technical info and drawings
in TLS. Then again, we can find all that in the SB books that exist and that
come out all the time. I for one am glad to read what happens in the SB world
(it helped me greatly for the article I'm writing at the moment) and I also
feel that good technical info has been given in TLS recently.

One question, those who would like to see more technical info, how many books
have they bought. I feel that TLS is complementary to the technical books and I
suggest that (future) builders buy both.

Is TLS membership on de decline? If not, don't change.

Just my 2 cents...


 Coppinger jc10508@...:

> Hello all,
> Some of the comments and requests received from prospective subscribers to
> The Last Straw journal and from people calling TLS for assistance in
> locating construction details for their projects lead me to believe we
> should be providing more technical articles in TLS. We seem to sometimes
> focus too much on the benefits of strawbale, and overviews of methods and
> design elements without including the details about the actual construction.
> At least that's what I'm hearing these days.
> Seems we need to revisit some of the basic details by including drawings and
> illustrations of how people now do their foundations, roofs, windows and
> doors, stacked and staked bales, and other basic design details.
> Also it seems very basic but there probably also needs to be some discussion
> and illustration of staking, pinning and stitching and why each does or
> doesn't work in various situations. The methods of voids between bales or in
> cavities around doors, windows and support members probably should be
> described with pros and cons - loose straw, light straw/clay, trimming the
> bales and so on.
> More descriptive articles and illustrations of the various ways to deal with
> moisture at the base of the wall and to protect the top of the walls from
> moisture. Details about how to stack and provide sufficient structural
> support for bales in gable end walls. Details and drawings of toe-ups in
> various situations, protecting foundation walls with rigid insulation and
> protecting the rigid insulation as well. Flashing and how to properly
> install it in various situations for various conditions. Advantages and
> disadvantages of setting windows within the wall, to the outside edge of the
> wall; window sill design and detailing. How to attach interior wall framing
> to exterior wall framing. Notching bales to fit around posts and columns.
> Some of this is available in the CASBA Straw Bale Construction Sourcebook
> and in Chris Magwood's Straw Bale Detail Manual and I'm writing to them to
> ask permission to reprint drawings to accompany articles. We could probably
> revisit and update some of the articles in past issues of TLS.
> I realize this all sounds very basic to those who work with this every day,
> but to the owner/builder or the new strawbale contractor and to the
> prospective homeowner it's essential and should be updated in TLS
> periodically, as I'm suggesting now.
> Would appreciate your comments, contributions of articles, tech tips, and
> project pages. (I've included a note in TLS#50 due out in June about the
> type of information we ask to have for Project Pages to encourage people to
> share this with our readers.)
> Would you please share request with your straw bale association and others
> in the strawbale community. Thanks!
> Joyce
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