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Carport straw bale retrofit

 
Jacob McGee
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I have a 13 by 25 ft carport with a concrete foundation that I would like to enclose with straw bale, but I am unsure how to secure bales to the foundation while keeping bales dry. Will the bales be fine sitting directly on concrete with rebar driven through into concrete, or could I use concrete blocks to elevate bales off the ground, and still drive the rebar through? The walls will be adequately covered by the roof, so the only spot I am worried about is on the ground. I live in MO where we get 47 inches of rain per year, and the house sits in a semi low spot.
 
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Howdy Jacob, welcome to permies!

So does the water flood up onto the cement? Would rain water splash up on the straw? Would you cover the straw with anything?
 
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You can lift them off the concrete with lumber (pressure treated or naturally rot resistant like cedar or locust or white oak) or blocks or recycled plastic pallets or flats. The ones that carry 2 liter pop bottles are about the right size.
 
Jacob McGee
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I have gutters that keep the rain coming off the roof and splashing the bales, I thought I might cob the exterior and interior of the bales.
 
jon jones
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Hi!

Just put the straw bale on water insulation, you got the rebar to keep it secure! And on top of it will come the roof that will compress ''solidify''(with the adobe) the walls.

Here we use asphalt or bitumen between the house foundation and walls.
 
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