Tuesday, July 8, 2008

[papercreters] Re: Ed Conley - Project Photos / Followup Mail

--- In papercreters@yahoogroups.com, "Gero Bazant" <gero.bazant@...>
> There's one sentence that just jumped right into my face:
> *"I still believe papercrete is a viable product and worthy of
> further development when properly manufactured blocks are used, and
> built with proven methods, not some renegade, stubborn insistence
> of opinion based on buildings completed in areas not subject to
> building codes or bank financing."*
> In a way he's saying that our attempts to learn from each other
> aren't sufficient -- more so, the current state of knowledge in how
> to manufacture PC blocks is insufficient to build a structure at
> all? This is rather discouraging. Or was he referring to the advice
> he personally received?

I would think he is talking of his experiences. And if he is not, then
I would still agree with him, but think that proven methods can come
from groups just like ours. How do you think people managed buildings
before ASTM existed? Were the structures in Rome that still stand
today poorly constructed?

I don't think the core of the building codes (safety, repeatability,
and some minimum level of craftsmanship) should be ignored no matter
what you are building. And proper financing is essential to any
building project, whether you go with bank financing or not. Being too
trusting of anyone without understanding all the details will cause
the best plan in the world to fail.

The things that caused me the most concern was the mold issue. I am
curious about the mix Ed used for that reason. If he used a rich
alkaline mix (whether cement, borax, or lime) I would be very
surprised and dismayed.

I am very sorry to hear of his woes and hope that things work out for
the best for him. If that means giving up the house and renting, so be
it. Your health is more important than any physical thing.

- Ernie


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