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Sue Reeves

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I think diffusing for a lower temperature is a good idea, get down to the temperatures that fused glass kilns use.  Also, grind the glass first if you can to get a more uniform product to remelt.

I have glass tile, seconds, from a local place that was commercially selling glass tile made from recycled glass.  They are no longer doing this, but did it for years, one of their lines was specifically CRT glass tiles so had the color imparted from the CRT screens, a nice smoky color.  

They ground the glass and then it could be poured into molds, in many cases colorant was sprinked on top, but the clear ones are very cool too.  each had an individual mold so the glass was melted in the molds, not melted and then poured in hot.  They used I think styrafoam for the molds, not sure,  likely a more eco mold could be made, but overall as the molds were used for a long time and all the glass was recycled glass, it was a more low energy/waste opperation than the typical glass tile operation

6 hours ago
Sounds like you want the interior wall to be mass with insulation on one side and want to use cob as the mass, so why not use straw as the insulation half and that way the wall still breathes.... I would consider this a light straw clay wall with cob on one side.  This combo is compatible
6 days ago
By the way, locally styrafoam is recyclable, it is used to make new surfboards.  The inner parts of surf boards is styrafoam and they can do this with used syrafoam, so maybe other users of sryrfoam could also re-use, likely they have no incentive to do so and are not making a market to do so.  Surfers do not like trash ending up int eh ocean and like buying surfboards made from recycled

1 week ago

Xisca Nicolas wrote:Are mealworms really edible after such a diet?

Now my waste mostly comes from some food packaging I can still not avoid. And I do not keep meat and fish packaging for long! I have also been wondering how I can freeze my own meat without plastic… Glass is not feasible because too much too heavy and meat sticks so you have to leave it in the jar. Paper? It sucks the water…

I reuse bottles I find as mini plant warmers, and protection against lizards.

exactly, even if they eat it. isnt it then microplastics ? Which is in the food chain and is likely a bad thing to have in the food chain ? certainly, we just dont know.  Already we do know that microplastics are incorporated into animals and people now.  Likely this is not a good thing.  SO to me having the plastic eaten and put into the food chain isnt a good solution, the solution is to not make and use teh plastic
1 week ago

Heather Olivia wrote:Thank you, Sue! Yes, I agree this is certainly non-ideal and can see why tile makes sense in this context. That is our plan for the other half of the house. Perhaps I should have mentioned the choice of wood floor is not merely an aesthetic one. We noticed that in the winter, the slab got super cold and it was not feasible to do yoga on, which is something we really need. Also, in the warm times, because the slab is cooler and we don't have central air, we get condensation on the slab. We have already had mold issues and seeing as we have lots of wood furniture, I'd be concerned it would become a mold farm with that stuff on a sweating tile floor. So we decided that insulating this part of the floor was the way to go, even though I don't love the materials. I can live with most of it, just not sure about the plywood.

I wish we had known about that sealer! That sounds like a great solution. How much odor was there while it dried? Unfortunately,  I don't think we could use that now without moving out for several days and we have too many other obligations presently to handle that right now.

I dont recall any or much odor.  Go check reviews for the product.  I had no problems with it.

If your insulation is sheets that are not attched to the  slab I am not sure that it will save you from condensation or mold. I have used insulation boards for a similair reason in 2 wall spots ( shower that is agaisnt an exterior wall, so heat from shower could cause condensation on inside of the cold exterior wall)  and I make sure the boards ( thermax, 3inch, policyano...whatever) are flush agianst the cold surface and I attach and fill in cracks to glue it to that cold surface, spray foaming all edges so no warm moist air can contact that cold surface .  Maybe he has them held down well and there is no space on the edges in your case, but if they are just lying there and there are spaces between and on the edges of the room, it could be that your mosit warm air will contact that cold floor and condense etc....

1 week ago
I used this in our studio that has a concrete slab, and no more effervescence.  I have a ton of allergies and chemical sensitivities, including to molds.  I have no problems having used this product on the concrete slab in the studio.  So I could see it worked as we had no sealer for years, and then sealed with this and with a below grade room and over 80 inches of rain, no effervescence or moisture with this product.  I even put it over the cement grout in rock foundation walls that are on one part of the room, transparent and peneatrating.   this one I used is for an older slab, they have another product for newer slabs

For people that are going to float a wood floor over a slab I recomment this over plastic sheeting as this will actually seal and keep all moisture out, the plastic sheeting is not sealed to the concrete and there could still be migration up.  

here are some examples of wood look tile, about $2/sq ft

and US (vermont) quarried natural stone, this is very hogh quality slate, it doesnt peel away like cheap imports, about $5/sq ft
1 week ago
I think that when we mix mediums it is going to be non-ideal.  A wood tongue and groove floor is a traditional thing to do when the floor is over a crawlspace or basement. When a floor is ground connected it is more in line to stick with ground connected compatible materials, mass materials like slate or tile.  So you are wanting to put a wood floor over a slab, ground connected mass.  Likely what he is doing is the only way you can realy do it, .  If I had a cement slab floor I would use a penetrating sealer ( and I have done this and it dries and then does not outgas) then for a floor covering slate or other tile.  No outgassing.  They also make floor tile now that looks rather like wood flooring,  it looks very nice over the whole house.
1 week ago
If this happened to me I would bring them back to where I bought them for a return and refund as they do not work for what they are made for.  I have wedges also and they should never have shards flying off of them when used, I would take them back. Look for a different hardware store to buy your replacements.  If spitting wood is common in your area,  there should be a neighborhood hardware store that stocks decent wood splitting tools, if not, next time you are out traveling, stop by a hardware store in another area to buy a good wedge.  
3 weeks ago

lior dahan wrote:Hi guys,

Honestly I had forget I had written this post, thank you Steve Mendez for replying after all this time, I am glad it brought me back here. Much less that it was only a year ago that I was having this dilemma and just want to say thank you for all your posts, it was great to hear all the different perspectives and experiences.

If it matters at all, I decided to obtain an AS in environmental horticulture at my local community college, and I am now just about done, and will have a paper that says I have a degree by the end of next year, something I thought I would never have. It has taken me these last few quarters to really appreciate it though, for most of the beginning I was questioning myself and the direction I decided to go. Its turned out to be a good idea, even though it is not exactly what I wanted,  I learned a lot.

To give some prospective I live in the bay area, probably one of the few places you can make a living as a gardener, I now call my self a fine gardener, (not sure if I deserve the title yet), that focuses on edibles and mostly CA natives, have a few clients, and know how to organize myself and the clients I have.

Thanks again for all your input!

If I was here last year, this would have been the advice I would have given you, exactly what you did.  Go to Community college where you do not take out loans or spend alot of money and get an associates degree.  Only transfer and spend $$ for the 4 year degree if you know that degree is the only way to get to the job you want, and that job pays enough to make the degree cost worth it or choose a different career path, and do not take out loans for it, or if it is worth it maybe a very small amount. My youngest and peers are at this college age and I have been watching how all this goes and choices different young people are making, including ways that some get their degrees.  There are many ways to go that do not require college and I see many quite successfully going that route.  For the ones who need or want college, I do see many making some smart decisions,  like going to community college while living at home, the ones who decide to transfer, many are continuing to live at home and commute to one of our local universities ( a Cal State) rather than a "dream" college where they would have to pay room and board.  Many of these young people are working part time and during summers to pay for that tuition at that Cal State or UC  they are commuting to, packing their lunches, not eating out or traveling on student loan money, so then they graduate with no or for a few very low debt.  

And I want to congratulate you on staying strong and choosing the right path for you.  I also live in the greater bay area and the pressure on the young people is enormous,  very competitive realy, ( I have been told that parents and young people give pressure like :  what colleges did you get into, why did you choose community college, couldnt you get into a 4 year, what was your SAT, etc.....  but in the end many of the ones that did what the schools and externalities are pressuring them to do end up with too much debt and no good job prospects anyways)
3 weeks ago
first of the threads I will post with pictures intergrating natural building into an existing standard structure
3 weeks ago