Gerry Parent wrote:Those old chunks of mortar will make a great addition to either your drainage ditch or as thermal mass also. A nice score so close to home.
How are those smaller straw blocks working out for you?
John C Daley wrote:Think about getting a brick bolster to clean bricks with.
Its used in Australia for splitting clay fired bricks.
I also find a tomahawk very good as well.
They come 75mm to about 115mm wide
John C Daley wrote:You may find that 'old wood chisel', may be laminated steel and of fantastic quality.
It would be a waste to use it to clean bricks if it is.
I used to sell them.
Phil Stevens wrote:Peter, for your ceiling you might want to make SIP modules. Try a frame about 600x600x50 mm and pack it with your clay straw mix. Once these are dry, just screw or nail them into place and plaster the inside surface. Go thicker if you need more insulation, or blow some wool into the cavity.
Gerry Parent wrote:Another option for roof insulation is shredded newspaper (Cellulose) which is made from recycled paper that’s treated for fire resistance.
Gerry Parent wrote:Looking good Peter & Co!
With the rain you've been getting, does it pool in the trench or percolate very quickly? Are you planning on any sort of drainage tube to be placed in the trench to carry water away from the foundation?
If its high clay, the soil itself could be sloped to a low spot and trenched away downhill too. Perhaps you've already considered this, just checking to make sure you get full use out or your rental before it goes away.