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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

As a citizen of the earth...
I fully have the right...
to harvest water from the sky
to grow my own food in my own home
to harvest energy from the sun and the wind
to contain and reuse my own waste on my own land
to make my shelter comfortable without the use of fossil fuels
and to harvest what others throw away to construct my own home.
I am willing to die to defend these rights and to spread the knowledge of how to 
achieve them to others.
If six billion other people said this as well...
we would transcend the corporations, the governments, and the federal reserve bank.
We, the people, would always survive.

~Michael Reynolds, Earthship Biotecture

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cooling Tubes

   On Friday, we placed the cooling tubes onto a couple of filled tires of the 2nd course, so that they will be sticking out the 3rd course.  Then Chad's dad arrived with a tractor and he and Ryan Walczak backfilled the cooling tube trenches.

     The five 40-ft cooling tubes will allow air to naturally flow from outside though the cool underground and into our house like air conditioning in the summer.  In the winter, we'll be able to seal and insulate where the vents enter the house.
     Here is a video of Michael Reynolds, the architect/"biotect" who created the earthship, explaining this process:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Curtain Drain

     Sorry it's been awhile since the last post.  Chad and I are both teachers, and returned to school this past week after our April Break.  In the evenings, we spent the little time left in the day re-leveling and re-pounding that first course of tires.  It is important that it is really solid and level, as that will be the base of our whole back wall.  It took a lot of tweaking, but Thursday we were ready to set the line to prepare for laying the next course of tires.  Meanwhile, Ryan and Mack, one of Chad's former students, dug a very deep trench uphill from the earthship and all of the way around to catch groundwater and direct it to the sides of our future house.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Visiting Tire-Pounders

Thanks to several kind people who stopped over and volunteered their time Friday and Saturday, the entire 1st course of tires is already finished (for the most part)!  8 more courses to go!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The First Tire!

Time: 40 minutes
Dirt: 7 five-gallon buckets
Morgan threw a dime into it for good luck.  I told her that Chad and I had already thrown enough money into our house.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Wow, a huge thank you to Walczak Excavating (585-721-6316) for doing such a great job with a tricky excavation plan!
Pushing over the topsoil
Still pushing over the topsoil

Digging out the foundation
The layout rectangle with the area for the tire walls tamped flat

Deep trench for proper drainage around the house
Tunnels dug for cooling tubes

The site: our future house!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Step 1) Buy land.
Step 2) Collect tires.

(get right into the dumpster if you can for the best bottle finds)

Step 3) Collect colored bottles.

Step 4) Collect supplies for the building process.  (Don't be afraid to put "sledgehammer" on your wedding registry.  I know my husband wasn't.)