Texas Earthship Build Days 19-20

from Dan Richfield at chromasomatic.com

Another two days of progress. Nothing much to note otherwise. Enjoy the photos and their descriptions!

Early morning shot from the west.

Early morning shot from the west.

 

> Early morning on the frosty roof.

Early morning on the frosty roof.

> One of the vent boxes on the roof.  The lids are counter weighted with rocks to allow them to easily swing open from inside.

One of the vent boxes on the roof. The lids are counter weighted with rocks to allow them to easily swing open from inside.

> Hanging ropes used to open and close the rooftop vent boxes.

Hanging ropes used to open and close the rooftop vent boxes.

> Seth finishes off the west gutter.

Seth finishes off the west gutter.

> Water runs off the roof into sloped gutters which direct water into these two cistern inputs behind the roof.

Water runs off the roof into sloped gutters which direct water into these two cistern inputs behind the roof.

> Rabyn working on the rooftop battery box.  The solar panels charge these batteries, and they are what power the house.

Rabyn working on the rooftop battery box. The solar panels charge these batteries, and they are what power the house.

> Grey water planters being dug out.  This is the deep part for large vegetation on the east side of the house.  The west side is shallow for smaller plants.

Grey water planters being dug out. This is the deep part for large vegetation on the east side of the house. The west side is shallow for smaller plants.

> Jimmy installing the EPDM (water tight rubber layer) and setting up the grey water system.

Jimmy installing the EPDM (water tight rubber layer) and setting up the grey water system.

> Piles of rock for the grey water system and flagstone for the greenhouse floor.

Piles of rock for the grey water system and flagstone for the greenhouse floor.

> Flagstone entry into living room.

Flagstone entry into living room.

> Nado laying the concrete slabs in the living room/kitchen.

Nado laying the concrete slabs in the living room/kitchen.

> The WOM (Water Organizing Module) and the water compression tank.  The WOM filters water from the cistern and the tank creates 50psi water pressure for the house.

The WOM (Water Organizing Module) and the water compression tank. The WOM filters water from the cistern and the tank creates 50psi water pressure for the house.

> Amzi, the systems extraordinair and Jonah finish off the tech aspects of the grey water system.

Amzi, the systems extraordinair and Jonah finish off the tech aspects of the grey water system.

> A basic filter that removes large debris from water draining from the shower.

A basic filter that removes large debris from water draining from the shower.

> Demain's dog Raven.  She is the cutest, most friendly pitbull ever.

Demain’s dog Raven. She is the cutest, most friendly pitbull ever.

> The inside glass wall makes the greenhouse a layer of air insulation that helps keep the inner room's temps constant.  There are vents above this glass to allow natural convection currents to circulate air.

The inside glass wall makes the greenhouse a layer of air insulation that helps keep the inner room’s temps constant. There are vents above this glass to allow natural convection currents to circulate air.

> Can wall plastering in progress with newly installed electric.

Can wall plastering in progress with newly installed electric.

> The wiring of an Earthship is the same as a convetional house.  12-2 romex A/C to outlets.  We use 10-2 romex DC to all light fixtures.

The wiring of an Earthship is the same as a convetional house. 12-2 romex A/C to outlets. We use 10-2 romex DC to all light fixtures.

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