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[Cob] New to cob; particular question re: bringing electricity to a cob structure

Gaile jazminecat at
Sat Nov 22 14:32:54 CST 2008

> Hi Andrew - my partner and I live in Portland, and I just wanted to give
> you a shout out and say keep us posted when you are ready to build, and we
> will happily come help you make cob!  We learned from Randy and Marlin
> (who's on this list) back in Madison, WI, and would love to get our feet
> muddy again!

Gaile McGregor

> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 12:13:39 -0800
> From: "Andrew John Martinson" <andrew05 at>
> Subject: [Cob] New to cob;      particular question re: bringing
>        electricity to a cob structure
> To: <coblist at>
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> Hello,
> My wife and I are researching alternative living/building with the aim of
> building a small cob cottage in Oregon's mid-Willamette valley.  She has
> experience building with cob at her school in Portland, and my intention is
> to take some classes in cob construction (to augment what I've been learning
> from books, the web, etc) through Cob Cottage Company.
> Of the myriad questions I have, one has to do with bringing electricity to
> a cob structure.  Though we are considering (and trying to learn more about)
> solar PV, wind, microhydro, etc., we realize that we may want to have
> utilities to our property.  I believe that bringing municipal utilities such
> as electricity to a building and site invites beurocracy and expense, but
> could anyone give me A) a rough (or specific) charge for such a hookup,
> and/or B) anecdotal experience of such an effort?  Perhaps if we purchased
> land with a pre-existing structure that was wired (and plumbed) we could
> renovate that electrical system to bring power to the cob structure.
> Thank you.
> Andrew