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[Cob] asking for a few ideasMary Lou McFarland louiethefifth at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 5 11:27:59 PST 2004
First a BIG THANK YOU to Mark Piepkorn for the great links. Some of the most inspiring fotos I've seen yet! What I'm needing advice on is, HOW DO YOU GUYS DO IT!!! I'm married to a teacher who doesn't make a fraction of what he's worth. I've had some health problems which has probably numbered how long I will be out there working. Money is tight. I've been hoarding here and there and I think I could probably get a small start but with cob being affordable it also seems to have the drawback of needing to have the work proceed continuously so it stays wet on wet so the clay continues to adhere to itself. Hopefully, I'll be able to give my building project one day per week spring, summer and fall. Nothing during winter. I will be working alone most of the time. When it comes to roof work, I will have to hire some helpers. My husband thinks I'm nuts. After all, building a house from dirt is considered nuts by most folks. I am envisioning a hybrid cob/cordwood for the needed insulation for our Iowa weather and I believe it will take me around three years if everything goes well. But the building medium will probably not accept that schedule. On top of that , my husband has a deep and abiding affection for indoor plumbing and in the dead of winter, I must admit that I wholeheartedly agree. So, our reasonably sized,earth-friendly house will need all the amenities. I can do all the cold wiring so I'm not so concerned about that but plumbing makes me nervous because I am totally clueless on the subject. I'm one of those people that if I read something I've not handled before, it doesn't always sink in My uncle showed me wiring so I've got it in my head for life. I can also wire a house for phone or cable, shingle and build a little less than totally square cabinets ( which will probably be whats necessary for MY house) I would like to go to a cob workshop but don't have the time or money to be gone like that. I would need a few days of cob day camp within a hundred mile radius of my home and I don't see that as a possibility. So, in a nutshell, I'm working by myself, with very little money and very little time.....tell me what to do. Thanks now for any insights you have to offer. _________________________________________________________________ Store more e-mails with MSN Hotmail Extra Storage 4 plans to choose from! http://click.atdmt.com/AVE/go/onm00200362ave/direct/01/
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