Today was our first full day of working on site. No classes today. Mike Reynolds was on site when we got there this morning. You can see his back in the dead center of this picture.
I worked mostly on moving dirt today, making sure people pounding tires had enough and filling in the thermal pack and outside berm. This became much easier when the back hoe arrived 😛 Below you can see a picture of the top of the tirewall, with the thermal wrap (the white plastic line) three feet away from it. The thermal wrap is two sheets of 2 inch thick high density rigid insulation. What it does is it extends the thickness of the back wall of the house so it’s about six feet thick, so it will store a lot of temperature. It also insulates away from the frost and moisture that a house may encounter, allowing the thermal mass to keep its temperature.
Here you can see a bunch of people working on the tire wall. If you look close the the bottom and count the tire courses, you’ll see we’re at eight. Well, we only need to do nine courses and we already have that partially done from today. It’s gone pretty quick, which is good, because it’s really labor intensive.
The weather today was really freaky too. It was cold and cloudy, with rain just pummeling the mountains around us, but it never touched us. There were a few hours when the sun came out and then we were too hot. Then the clouds came back, the wind picked up and it got cold again. This is the land of really radical temperature changes within a really short amount of time. Like ten minutes.
This is Smidge. He’s one of several dogs owned by employees or interns who hang out around the Earthship community. Really friendly, and likes to see what everyone is doing.
Tomorrow, we have class again in the morning and then work in the afternoon.