Rethink Your Life!
Finance, health, lifestyle, environment, philosophy
The Work of Art and The Art of Work
Kiko Denzer on Art
[Cob] birth of the home building professionalAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 24 06:49:34 PDT 2004
Why is one form of traditional building tiny thick-walled houses "nothing to it" and the other a sure route to sickness and mold? Why is plastering the buildings the same thing. Remember that Heart House is under 200 square feet. Sure I know people who fit the description of a cartoon up in some friends' place: Guy meditating in his dome, wind comes up, dome goes down, he exclaims, "I knew I should have used longer staples in my balsa wood!" Some of them hung out their shingles as experienced professional builders, whether or not they had learned from their mistakes. I also know amateurs (comes from the same root as "amour!") who study and re-study the books and then go by them, annoying the pros who stop by to watch because they don't go by what is standard streamlined procedure among real builders. Who is right? couldn't tell you, both work. Consider the people on this list--single mothers juggling job and children, some retired, some on fixed incomes without the support of a market garden. Lots of people are reporting on their experience with workshops, most of us I would think are starting our buildings with a wall, a bench, an oven, or by helping a friend. There are at least three who qualify as pros in natural building, probably more than just me with a couple of years of construction experience. You may be careless and clueless, but maybe the rest of us aren't. None of us are going to build with balsa wood--it's too expensive! ........... Paul wrote (snipped): I used the term "playing around" to denote careless, clueless messing around with methods and materials people know nothing about, and that probably covers 99 out of a hundred "alternative" self-builders - the people who don't put their failures and disasters up on the Internet for all to see. I'd say it's a shame NOT to think they're detrimental to the movement. It should be noted that those "women of Mexico" who replaster their houses every year live in one or two room adobes without heating, cooling, sanitation, or building codes. Adobe is very forgiving, and you don't get mold and sickness if you don't plaster it right. Bottom line: it doesn't matter if they do a good job or not. Nothing to it. _________________________________________________________________ Dont just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search! http://search.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200636ave/direct/01/
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