We have made the most wonderful friend here in the Ozarks and that is Jim Vokac. Every now and then he flies over in his ultra light plane and surprises us with these awesome photos. It is very interesting that you can see the progress being made even from the skies. Thank you Jim you are awesome.
Moving a 600 pound cistern is no easy task. It is wide and unusual to handle. Once again our tractor has saved the day by giving us the man power to move them into place.
Two thumbs up for a task completed. Now to hook them up, check for leaks and cover with dirt as we finish the back fill.
These cisterns will store the collected water that comes off the 2100 sq. ft. roof of the EarthShip. They are 2,000 gallons each giving us a total of 4,000 gallons of stored water. With 44 inches of rain per year we will have no troubles with water issues.
We had the pleasure to getting help from John (above) & Dana, and Corey (below). Without their help we would of had to do more work ourselves. We love volunteers and are really grateful for those that have come out to help this spring. It is amazing getting to know the local area and it gives us momentum and energy for finishing the earthship. The more people that come out to visit or help the more of an incentive it is for us to finish this project. With this last winter combined I don't want to spend another winter in our camper. Thank you John, Dana and Corey for lending a hand with the fifth row.
We have now started the 6th row with 7 tires completed. We have put up 5 more panels of the thermal barrier (second layer). Have done a huge amount of backfill behind the insulation and behind the tires. Backfilling takes a lot of time do even with a tractor. Tons, and tons of dirt is needed. When we do this kind of work it seems like not much is getting done. It still needs to get done to continue with the progress of our home though. All in all we are making progress. We will soon be getting ready to put the cisterns in place. This will need to be done in order for us to finish putting up the thermal barrier and to finish backfilling.
This will be our air conditioning system. During the summer time we will open the outside and inside doors to the cooling tubes. The vents in the green house will be opened as well. As the heat leaves the greenhouse this will bringing the cool air from the tubes into the house. Simple science. The cooling tubes will be buried in the earth where the temperatures are at 58 degrees.
Mary Severin writes about her families embarkment on a learning adventure to build an Upcycled Home using Earthship Principals. To find out what these Principals are click on the Earthship Principals link above.