Good evening friends,
We sure have been busy since we spoke last. Five solid days were lost amongst a school of childish weather. The kind of weather that would make stormy Melbourne city blush like a dungeons and dragons enthusiast on his first date. Entire towns were flooded, houses destroyed and they even had to shoot livestock out from the treetops they were trapped in. That is how seriously violent the rain fell.
How did the Earthship hold up, did I hear you ask? Well…
The unfinished home of tyres, you know, the one that council “will never permit”, well… it stood there, completely still. Without any water, wind, earth or fire damage. No repairs needed. Just how we left it, and that is before completion! The building was just kind of standing there, wondering what all the fuss was about. The dialogue went something like this:
Earthship –“So, where did you guys go?”
Us –“It was quite stormy. We kind of had to seek salvation”
Earthship – “….”
Us – “seriously! That was crazy! A cyclone, Earthship. A cyclone”
Earthship – “well, now what?”
Us – “lets boogie!”
And we did. We lost ten people to family obligations but we kept powering through the build like John Henry on a railroad line. Toot Tooot! Chuggin’ along, picking up steam and having a hell of a time while we are at it.
To avoid any kind of smooth transition into this next section of the update, I would like to say, “its toilet time!”
Earthship Australia toilet
We went with the outlaw septic but we gave it some eyebrows. The basics for the “outlaw” system is that it is tyres and rocks in a rubber lined cell which through filtration and an anaerobic process, the sewerage gets treated. We took that system and incorporated a little bit of innovation and a little bit of magic.
We lined the cell with geofabric and EPDM. We then found some huge truck tyres and laid them down inside. As we were laying them, we lined the void area with gravel, rocks and upside down glass beer bottles. The idea is to harvest as much methane as possible through creating a balance between an anaerobic and an aerobic environment. A friction point. As the black water rises up through the septic, the water passes through the upside-down bottles, creating air pockets that set the foundation for a micro-climate where micro-organisms can breed, thus assisting in the breakdown and harvesting of methane. We will also prime the system with a Bokashi mix, which is a combination of PDM-7 and EM (effective micro-organisms). The ingredients of the Bokashi are listed in the photo. This is natures way of treating sewerage and harvesting as many beneficial bacteria as possible.
The hemp roof worked! It actually did. Incredible. There is the power of experimentation in action, right there. It looks like something out of an episode of the flinstones and it feels as solid as swimming pool full of puppies. Malleable, yet permanent.
We had four people on the mixer because timing was paramount. We only had one mixer and it was running all day, like a camel full of water. We had two people running wheel barrows, two people emptying wheel barrows, three people passing buckets to the roof and three people applying, compacting, screeting and levelling.
It took us around 5-6 hours to complete the entire thing. It was an emotional moment. This is the first roof of its kind ever recorded and it worked! Magic was in the air. So much so, that the universe gave us its blessing by gracing our sky with a potent rainbow that circled all the way around the sun. tear jerking stuff.
So that is all the juice I have left in my fingers at this current moment. I’ll speak to you all soon
Leaving you with all the love in the cosmos,
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