Yes, two multi-storey deluxe houses built by one person in one shed in one day! (sort of)
Have an old fence post lying around? Don’t buy a bug house when you can build one yourself. The one on the left has some bamboo running through it. I used a size 7 drill bit which seems about right for a ladybird as well as a size 20 flat wood drill bit for the larger holes. They do need a roof of some sort and the holes should ideally slant upwards to also help stay dry. The main wood itself should be left unpainted/treated.
A rainy day project if ever there was one. Get it done now in time for the cold weather when bugs will really need it.
Cement is bloody useful but it also accounts for around 5% of all man-made carbon emissions.
flickr user: Laser2k
What is it and what are we supposed to do about it?
The Salvo Directory lists dealers in architectural salvage, showing yards shops and showrooms where you can buy antique, reclaimed, salvaged and green material.
The site covers salvage yards, wanted listings, new and refurbished. They also have a Salvo code for reassurance against the resale of stolen items – if you have items stolen from your house or garden, you can alert the network. Favourite items at the time of writing: several complete cast iron roof trusses, quite a number of antique brass bells, several thousand tons of natural stone… If you can’t think of anything fun to do with that stuff, well, you may be beyond help.
You could also browse our previous post on demolition. Just a quick post here, so see you next time.
Appropedia: It’s like Wikipedia but for Appropriate Technology (short version)
The long version is after the jump! Read on…
The CVBT was founded in one of the poorest areas of Thailand: “Since 1991, the CVBT has been using, researching, developing and promoting small-scale building material manufacturing technologies as a means to create new employment for villagers.”
Some of the technologies include compressed earth bricks (CEB), cement that incorporates readily available waste materials such as rice husk ash and a variety of presses for making tiles and paving blocks. Read on…
Want to see it in action or try cooking something in it? Join us at Saffron Acres for a relatively low key Halloween-Harvest type fun day on Saturday the 18th of October from about 12 noon onwards. More details about the event at the end of the post, however, let’s finish the building first…
Methane, portable houses and pixies. It’s Loose Ends time.
image: Brian J Reynolds / themindunleashed.org