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Waiting for straw bales and starting the mounts for solar panels

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Farmer is harvesting his grain the last week of July and bring the strawbales down on August 7th.   These will go in fast to create the walls.  Windows and doors get framed in and the plastering starts week of August 27th.


Double framing with foam insulation on the floor. Stawbales sit inside the double framing and are built up to the ceiling.

Double framing. On the left the low window sills are about 2 feet off the ground. Creates a sitting bench 18 inches wide. The window at the far end has the sill set up higher. (engineers wouldn’t allow a bigger windows)

Starting building the solar panel structure.   4×4 posts sunk into the ground and cut off at 45 degree angles.  Aluminum rails will mount to the posts and the panels to the rails.  Two sets of 4 panels will give me 1.1 kilowatts per hr on a sunny day.  One hour of sun should power the house needs.

4×4 posts for the solar panel array




Written by dcveale13

August 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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  1. OMG you are moving ahead so fast now! So you should be getting the hay-bales right about…now. I’m sure you are working hard. I love watching your progress! Cant wait to see the hay-bales in place!! Do you put wire mesh over that and then drywall? or do you have to do vapour barrier? Hm. Or do you just plaster over mesh on the inside as well? And are you doing your own solar power? Where are you getting the panels? I may install some in my new house in T.O. Could use some info! 🙂



    August 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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