Category Archives: Building

Supporting the reinforcing wire

Because we’re nearly to the top of the reinforcing wire, our next step is to add another section of reinforcing wire above the current layer.  I’ll do that after this course has had a couple days to set up and … Continue reading

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Wall update

We’ve gotten another section of the wall done.  This one’s a lovely celedon green.  Wadly’s off to shop and have coffee with a friend today so I’m not expecting anything productive to happen around the farm. Here’s the west end … Continue reading

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Another approach

We have snow today for the second day in a row.  I’ve got the eps-crete forms moved and the paint mixed and I’m ready to put in another layer of eps-crete but . . . yeah, snow. The picture shows … Continue reading

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More wall

The first pour is red and four different shades of pink/white. The second pour is a consistent bluish gray.  None of the color will be visible as it all gets a skim coat.  I’m using lime plaster inside the bedroom … Continue reading

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Grinding EPS indoor requires a mask

I did two things yesterday.  I ground 4 large black garbage bags of EPS and I opened old latex paint cans and combined them into a 5 gallon bucket ready for our next spate of wall building. This morning I … Continue reading

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The “real” cost of our EPS-crete wall

The forms in the picture in the previous article would not be sufficient for regular cement but work just fine for EPS-crete.  I built the forms by screwing particle board to the narrow edge of a 2×4 and fastening that … Continue reading

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EPS-crete wall

I’ve got the EPS-crete wall started.  The forms come off today and they get moved up ready for the next layer.  So far, I’m liking both the process and the result.  It’s dead easy to mix, light to shovel, doesn’t … Continue reading

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Shredding foam

The piece of foam I shredded was 5″ thick by 4′ long by 10″ wide.  It took about 4 minutes, much of that time spent flipping the piece over as it was thicker than the available shredding surface of my … Continue reading

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Foam Shredder

I’ve got the foam shredder prototype working. The roller center is a solid stainless conveyor roller from a fresh produce processing plant.  My brother was going to add short spikes to it for my shredder drum but he ran out … Continue reading

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“Chipped” foam

I finally got to rescreening the wood chipper to use it as an EPS grinder.  It looks like it will work okay.  The foam pieces have to be small enough to fit in the hopper, but once introduced to the … Continue reading

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