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Straw bale building
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Cindi    Posted 11-26-2004 at 06:33:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is anyone familiar with straw bale building? Can a mobile home be wrapped? If so how?

New-Gen    Posted 11-26-2004 at 15:57:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just think, if the little pig with the house made of straw would have had the forethought to put a mobile home in the middle for bracing, that story might have had an entirely different outcome!
{Sorry Cindi, there were so many good helpful replies to your post I figured there just had to be at least one smart-a$$ed one!}

toolman    Posted 11-26-2004 at 10:11:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
picture a cement pad , then a poat and beam type of building on it, then between those posts picture straw bales, mostly they are just fill (walls), this is a very simple explanation,but im sure you get the picture. from one who used to live in an old single wide and thought about this from time to time, especially in winter, i didn,t don,t see any good way to do it or much benifit from it.

bandersnatch    Posted 11-26-2004 at 10:46:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Straw bale construction makes for great insulation, but the straw has to be protected from so many different adversities, sealed from rats and vermin, and moisture, etc, also needs a fire protecting layer around it. For your effort, you might as well just build a small straw bale house and strip the trailer for your interior. There are some families around here who have built enclosed porches nearly all the way round their trailers. That protects the trailer it self from winds and provides an envelope or greenhouse heating effect. One family even paved the enclosed porch with black flagstone to soak up and hold the sun's warmth. There is an old German farmer, (was a POW in Delaware in WW 2 and came back after the War), who leans boards up against the side of his house every fall and packs the underside full of hay and straw for his animals. It helps insulate his place from the elements and by spring when the hay and straw is consumed, the boards are away again. Most folks think he's crazy anyway.

toolman    Posted 11-26-2004 at 10:58:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i was a kid back in nova scotia they used to build a wall around the house up to just below the window and about 18 inches wide i guess, they would fill it with dirt and some even had grass growing on top, called it "banking" now i figger that maybe the floors weren,t insulated back then and the houses didn,t have basements, anything to keep warm.

Zenia    Posted 11-26-2004 at 08:06:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure why you would want to build a stray bale surround for a mobile home. It does not sound that practical to me, but maybe because I can't picture it? My brother built a huge stray bale house and separate in law quarters. The critical part is making sure no moisture whatsoever can get to the straw, or you will have mold/ rot problems. Also no entry for pests. Oh yeah, and of course you want pesticide free straw to start with. The bales used are small, not your noraml sized bale of hay.

Cindi    Posted 11-26-2004 at 12:54:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I was thinking A) it would change the look of the house, and B) it might make it a little sturdier.

It's probably a pipe dream anyway, as the humidity is so high here, but now Toolman has me thinking about the bank idea. They could even double as planters. Hmmmm....

deadcarp    Posted 11-26-2004 at 13:08:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
moisture is the nemesis of straw or among other things, any bale touching soil should have a good sheet of plastic under it. once you trap moisture under a woodframe you'll start dryrot.

toolman    Posted 11-26-2004 at 13:02:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
they did their job and yes some folks did plant flowers and even some types of veggies on them.

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