Saturday, 28 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Fixings things to straw bales
This is where the toilet and cistern will go in the ensuite bathroom. The cistern (propped up at the moment) needs to be fixed into the straw wall.
One way to do this is to use hazel stakes about 250-300mm long, with one end pointed.
Firstly we marked the location we wanted to fix into the straw by screwing the piece of plywood we want to fix to the clay. (Interestingly it actually fixed quite well into just the clay!)
With a hand spray we wetted the clay plaster around the area we are going to bang in the hazel to make the clay soft. Clay always remains volatile, it is not like lime or cement where a chemical reaction takes place when it dries. This means clay is ultimately recyclable and can always be returned to its wet state. The hazel stake was then very easy to bang into the clay.
We could then smooth the clay around the stake. Clay really is amazing - how many materials can you seal a hole so easily in?!!
The four hazel stakes to fix the plywood to.
The plywood fixed to the straw...
...and the cistern hung.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Fitting the shower tray
We fitted the shower tray today - it took a long time! It is bedded on a lime mortar. We thought laying the floor tiles was tricky but getting this perfectly level and in the right place was really not easy!
We had some of the lime mortar left over so we used it to screed in the matwell to get it to the right level for the recessed door mat by the back door.