(11-14-2014, 02:47 AM)NODOOM Wrote:
(11-14-2014, 02:39 AM)misterbumps Wrote:
(11-14-2014, 02:25 AM)NODOOM Wrote:
(11-14-2014, 02:21 AM)Shadow Wrote:
Damn I hope you have warm gear, the Highlands in Nov is not where I'd be thrilled to be living in a tent
Yes I have plenty of warm gear and no I won't be living in a tent. I built a wooden shack during my initial stay and have a good supply of firewood.
All the best with it NoDoom. It was a shame we didn't get a chance to meet for coffee whilst you were back in the city but hopefully next time we can. I've just been snowed under with uni and work at present.
Good luck with everything in Scotland. Maybe when I get some time off next summer I can come up to visit.
I hope all went well with the other thing and you can now move onwards.
Oh if there is plenty of mud where your bug out is then I suggest a mud and stud structure. They are amazing.
All the best.
All went OK but difficult with that thing and I have one last day tomorrow to finish it. There will always be a warm welcome to you if you should chose to visit.
Interesting you mention about mud as I have covered the roof with it.
I hope that other thing gets resolved and you can find some peace now. I know how difficult these situations can be as something similar happened to me.
On the house building topic I once worked for two years with a guy (a friend of the family) who builds and restores mud and stud houses for a living. It was a real privilege to work with him and he taught me a great deal from hewing and adzing twenty foot tree trunks, making oak frames, laying pad stones, building brick foundations and mud and studding walls and ceilings. It was an amazing experience and one he does with limited newer technological involvement. (He uses a chainsaw to cut down the oak trees) He builds twenty foot A-frames that he fixes pulleys and ropes to in order to lift the heavy stuff.) Joints are cut using saws and chisels. I used two types of axes to hew and red chalk to mark the point of cutting. Hewing means that most of the sap wood is removed leaving the heart of the oak which is strong enough to resist fire. Saw mills are quick (It takes me a whole day to hew a twenty foot oak tree) but saw mills leave as much sap wood as heart wood which over time becomes weak. Holes are drilled with hand drills and he uses wood plugs instead of nails. Mudding is hard work as you have to mix charcoal, stripped down straw, water and mud into one substance and a decent sized house requires a lot of this mix plus a special type of long fork is needed to build the walls and ceiling with pressure to ensure the bonding process takes . Lime is excellent for plastering although it takes two to three days to dry so a spell of good weather is needed. These types of buildings insulate well in winter and are cool enough during the summer months. My least favourite part of the job was stripping the straw into smaller pieces. One good thing is that if T.SH.T.F I can build a comfortable home with no need for electrical input during the build. Obviously solar panels would be required thereafter as well as a generator for a borehole for water (Although I have read an article about a guy who made his own borehole saving £2000 pounds in the process). I would use wooden pan tiles for a roof. The main problem with such builds is that they take at least eight months to construct. A reasonable cottage would require twenty to thirty oak trees which would take a month to hew never mind the joint cutting and wood splitting.
As you have, I have also travelled quite a bit and I have seen these structures all over the world from Africa to India. Also straw-bail houses are good alternatives but even though electric wiring can be properly insulated through copper or plastic piping I still wouldn't be comfortable knowing straw is flammable.
Check out the net as there are so many beautiful mud and stud houses and all the people (not many now) who work within this dying industry have great advice and smart ideas. I was lucky enough to work for two years building and restoring mud and stud houses with a guy who is nationally respected and classed as a master-builder.