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Rebecca Norman wrote:My friend who spent a few months at Yestermorrow in Vermont learning about natural building techniques helped tear down a straw bale wall that had been built and plastered as part of a course there. He said there were large hollow areas where mice had gotten in. As I know that mice do make holes in (natural) plaster, and plaster does eventually chip or lose bits, and as I have learned that mice do come and go in one's house over the years, I think this is a serious issue. I haven't heard much about straw bale building that sounds better than straight-up earth building in its various forms (of which I am a resident and long time fan), and mice would be a serious disadvantage.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
"Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." --Francis of Assisi.
"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus
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Tom Connolly wrote:...Most houses in China are made of brick, then covered with mortar and then tiled. A good tile keeps a nice appearance for a very long time with little to no maintenance - just annual inspections...
Tom Connolly wrote:In the cities, during the 80's and 90's, many of the shorter buildings (up to 7 stories) had the walls covered with tile. In the suburbs, this practice is still continued - actually is still continued in the cities but the tiles are often quite large, or are made to look like brick or some other more expensive material.
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Hey, sticks and stones baby. And maybe a wee mention of my stuff:
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