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Light Clay Straw Mixer

Rather than laboriously tossing clay slip with straw by hand to make light clay straw for finishing the stuffing of the bale walls, we used this mixer to speed up the process. We could mix large batches of light clay straw in a short amount of time as well as maintain a consistent amount of clay and moisture on the straw.

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I-Beams in the Bale Walls

Wooden I-beams are installed during the straw bale stacking process as anchor points for hanging cabinets or heavy artwork. This must be thought about at the planning stages, because straw bale walls covered in plaster are not strong enough to hold the weight of heavy objects.

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Stuffing the Bale Walls

In preparation for applying the natural clay plaster on the straw bale walls in this timber frame home, the walls had to be stuffed tightly between all the bales with packed straw. Air spaces in the straw bale walls allow a greater chance of fire, so these air pockets must be eliminated. The spaces can be no larger than an egg.

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Roof Replacement

The family that bought this house found what they thought was a minor roof leak causing a discolouring of the ceiling drywall. After inspection, they realized that the roof had been built without tar paper, causing major leak and insulation issues.

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Basement in Edmonton – Finished Stairs

The family was so excited to have the new stairs installed that they kept walking up and down them all day, just because they could! They are happy to have safe stairs for their children, and their in-laws from Australia are already looking forward to not having to watch their feet as they walk down each step.

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