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Joshua, so far I haven’t found any apps that actually take measurements, as opposed to just compiling data from places nearby.
 
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We finally got to start the cob floor at Allerton Abbey this morning! I am so excited! We also got to mix our cob on tarps instead of in the wheelbarrow, which was much more fun.

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Gravel subfloor wofati
Gravel subfloor wofati
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Dave stomping cob
Dave stomping cob
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Dave and me being silly mixing cob
Dave and me being silly mixing cob
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Cob burrito after being rolled in the tarp
Cob burrito after being rolled in the tarp
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First batch of cob on wofati floor before smoothing
First batch of cob on wofati floor before smoothing
 
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Jennifer Richardson wrote:Travis, we are currently considering what sort of monitoring equipment to use in the thermal inertia test—tracking thermometers, something more like a small weather station, etc. If you have any recommendations and/or wishes for variables you would like to see monitored, please do chime in!



I certainly have nothing against something that is simple, that is for sure. In my experience, things that are complex break. That may, or may not, include cell phone apps. I have no experience on that as I am one of 7% of the people in the USA who does NOT have a cell phone!

My only real suggestion is to have something that does measure wind speed. I know the WOFATI by design is wind resistant, but wind does funky things with heat in a building. I deal with wind here almost every day of the year, and know on high wind days it creates a kind of vacuum and sucks the heat out of a building. It would be interesting to see if wind speed outside, affects the heat within the building, and to what degree.  IF there is minimal heat loss at high wind speed, then that is a feather in the cap of a WOFATI for sure.

But I am not only excited to have someone in the WOFATI over the winter, but truly excited for YOU! Good for you to take on this challenge, and I hope I can encourage you in this endeavor. I know this offer has been out there for a long time, and there was no takers, so many of us are very proud of you. So many variables, but what an adventure!


 
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Travis,

Thank you so much for the encouragement! I really appreciate all the support from the Permies community.

I definitely agree that wind speed would be valuable to measure. I also wonder if measuring humidity would be worthwhile? And rainfall would also be nice to know, since we don’t have good data for how much rain the Lab actually gets.
 
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Spent the afternoon at Base Camp working on the patio—almost finished! Then spent some time wandering around the gardens and hugels before sharing dinner with the other boots (Thanks for the delicious dinner, Fred!)
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Patio floor is almost finished!
Patio floor is almost finished!
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viola
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close up yellow flower
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Insect on dry seed head
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closeup succulent
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hen and chicks succulent
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Yesterday I went to Missoula to pick up some SEPPers (such nice people!) and do a bit of grocery shopping. It’s nice to have some time this weekend to catch up on projects and errands.

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Gert
Gert
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Three-log bench at Base Camp
Three-log bench at Base Camp
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A new sign for the sand pit in which I got my truck stuck at the beginning of the PDC!
A new sign for the sand pit in which I got my truck stuck at the beginning of the PDC!
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Gorgeous book from Greg Martin (thanks, Greg!)
Gorgeous book from Greg Martin (thanks, Greg!)
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Thrift store find in Missoula
Thrift store find in Missoula
 
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It is really nice to see a lot of finishing touches get done upon the WOFATI Jen.

I have said this before, but I am really excited to see what you find out living inside it all winter. You might try coming up with a list of things you will need this winter. The people of Permies are nice people, and many want to encourage you, and likewise see what the Inertia data shows, and might help you get some of the things you will need. It does not hurt to ask, and maybe some of us have the stuff you need just kicking around anyway.

Save a dollar, and let us help you? Just an idea...
 
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I found that to be a very special book!
 
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Travis,

Thank you for the idea! I will have a think and see if I can come up with a list of things I will need this winter.

Nancy,

It is a very beautiful and useful book!
 
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On Sunday I caught up on cleaning and computer work and visited with my mom. A nice low-key day.

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Lichen on rocks by the Lab gate
Lichen on rocks by the Lab gate
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moss on rock
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The view at dusk from my truck on Jeremy’s plot
The view at dusk from my truck on Jeremy’s plot
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