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-> Re: GSBN:TLS Request
     by Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
-> Re: GSBN:TLS Request
     by Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...


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Date: 6 Jul 2005 04:47:02 -0600
From: Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:TLS Request

Andre et al,

My request for details and technical information for publication in The Last
Straw journal should not be interpreted as a change in direction or content
of TLS. That's always been a major focus of the journal. However, I hear on
a regular basis about new techniques, methods, materials, approaches to
almost every aspect of straw-bale building and want to share this
information with our readers. The books are an important resource for anyone
contemplating or actually building with bales and TLS supports, reviews and
refers our readers to these sources and resources continuously and often.
Yet the content of the books doesn't always reflect the most current details
and technical information, and that's what we try to share and what we're
constantly searching for. It's this up-to-date and current information that
TLS can share with our readers. And the type of information we need to
continue to include in TLS to maintain and extend our readership worldwide.

Joyce

on 6.11.2005 4:41 PM, forum@...
forum@...:

> 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...
> 
> Andre
> 
> 
> 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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>> Joyce Coppinger, Managing Editor
>> GPFS/TLS, PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706 USA
>> 402.483.5135, fax 402.483.5161
>> thelaststraw@...
>> www.thelaststraw.org
>> 
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>> 
> 
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Date: 6 Jul 2005 05:44:13 -0600
From: Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:TLS Request

Sorry for the delay in replying to your message Judy. Have been traveling to
promote and gather news and information for TLS. I'm very interested in
following up with you on the sb construction manuals idea. Will be in touch
soon.

Joyce
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Joyce Coppinger, Managing Editor
The Last Straw journal
GPFS/TLS, PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706 USA
402.483.5135, fax 402.483.5161
thelaststraw@...
www.thelaststraw.org


on 6.11.2005 5:53 PM, Judyknox42@...Judyknox42@...:

> Joyce,
> I've had an idea for some time...actually thought of Build It With Bales
> doing it, but don't see that happening...and think it's a better idea for
TLS
> anyway.  My idea is to put out small straw-bale construction manuals on
> different
> subjects:  I'm talking about small...maybe 20 pages each for about $10 a
> piece.  The subjects to focus on are numerous:
> SB Construction:
> SB Construction: Pinning
> SB Construction: Foundations
> SB Construction: Plasters
> SB Construction: Privacy Walls
> SB Construction: Laying up bales
> SB Construction: Roofs
> SB Construction: Preparing the Walls for Plastering
> You get the idea....lots of topics.  The booklets could be punch-holed so
> they could be collected in a binder...and people could focus on whichever
> subject
> they most need to know about at the time.
>
> In each one, references to pertinent info in published books could be used.
> These booklets could be available on internet or hard copy, and could be
very
> easy to update.
>
> This would also leave TLS free to do what it does best...be the community
> center for straw-bale and natural builders.
> So, that's in my "for what it's worth" department.
>
> Judy
>
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> Out On Bale
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a
> joyful life.
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>
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