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Re: GSBN:Cutting the twine

I've mentioned this a couple of time in The Last Straw, have seen it done
and use it in projects I do and know it works! The idea came to me thanks to
Tony Caniglia, Colorado SB builder and plasterer. stuccostraw@...
303 905-4282 cell (best way to reach Tony)

Set a bale up on end between two bales laid flat to hold it in place (you
can also lay it across sawhorses or on the edge of a table with someone
holding the other end down). With a chain saw, carefully remove the straw
down to the wire or twine. Just takes a minute or two to do. Set it up so
that you do the bales ahead of time - or if you have some extra hands to
help, get someone to trim the bales as you work on stacking the walls.

It seems like the wire or twine will be broken, but most of the time we only
lost a bale or two for a whole building. This takes away the bumps and
creates a flat surface to butt up against the next bale. Eliminates almost
all of the filling in at cracks and joints and voids. The time needed to
trim the bales into nice rectangles (with no bumps at the twine/wires) is
offset by not having to do the filling and cobbing. And you have a lot of
loose straw for mixing into plaster or for composting or whatever use you
can make of it.

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

on 10.11.2007 5:12 AM, Mark Schueneman at markschu@...:

> Greetings All,
> Has anyone ever built a wall with bales flat, then cut the twine on the bales,
> to relax the indentations caused by a tight bale? Seems the tighter the bale,
> the deeper the indentation and the more the need for chainsawing or rasping
> the ends flat for a good 'butt' joint. Speaking with a local bale builder
> friend I suggested cutting the twine and he thought it would be a bad idea,
> thinking that it would take away the 'stacking brick' strength. My bales are
> in on my project now. The bales were tight and we used hydraulic jacks and
> sheets of metal to wedge the top bales in place. The wall is extremely tight.
> Now that a slip coat is in place, and well worked into the flat bales, why not
> cut the twine, relax the bales to fill in any unstuffed or cobbed spaces
> within the wall. May be we could have cut the twine after straightening the
> wall and prior to filling and cobbing the voids. It may have eliminated some
> of that work and given a more uniform fit.
> Has anyone ever tried it or foresee any problems? Of coarse if your bales are
> on edge this may not be an option or you may have to come up with a system
> like what Tom Raven demonstrated at the last International Conference, using a
> wooden 'frame like' system.
> Mark Schueneman
> Colorado Straw Bale Association
> 303-444-6027 hm./of.
> 303-591-9841 cell
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