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Free Range Naturism / Re: [b]Progress - Finally[/b]
« Last post by pjcomp on Today at 04:29:01 PM »
Roc, are your interior walls filled with straw or honeycombe paper? When I was an electrician I had a real surprise first time I met the compressed-straw walls, try feeding wiring up or down that!!
Free Range Naturism / Re: [b]Progress - Finally[/b]
« Last post by ric on Today at 02:38:33 PM »
working from the inside we have half inch  plasterboard,(drywall),  plastic sheet ,  6x2 studwork infilled with fibreglass insulation ,  half inch sterlingboard (coarse chip board, basically large wood chips glued together) , another plastic membrane , breathable this time , supposed to allow any moisture to exit from the timber/fibreglass and not allow any to entre from outside , then a 2inch cavity with stainless steel ties to a 4 inch thick block wall .  the blocks we used are recon stone... basically a fine concrete block guilotined in half so the cut faces outward vaugly look like stone....the cut face  gives a random textured surface and the blocks are 3, 6 or 9 inches vertical and 9 to 18 inches horizontal laid in a random pattern in basically 9 inch courses.

the interior walls are 4 x2 inch studwork  with plasterboard both sides.

the studwork arrives on site in 8 foot high panels with the exterior board and membrane factoty fitted.  panels are easily manhandled by 2 men.

std construction in uk is outer skin of block maybe plastered or  bricks or stone with a concrete block backing. , air gap, rigid sheet insulation , lightweight blocks and an interior plaster  skim

the lightweight blocks have a higher insulation than heavy concrete breeze blocks,   cos clinker from coal fired power stations is added to the mix... all the greenies have shut the coal fired power stations so theres a national shortage of lightweight blocks....
Free Range Naturism / Re: [b]Progress - Finally[/b]
« Last post by pjcomp on Today at 11:35:36 AM »
Visiting relatives in California recently we saw lots of housebuilding going on, all timber-framed and either timber or stucco-clad. Sounds like the same as you, JBee. What we saw included some big properties, not just single storey (bungalows).

The weather and climate over here means brick and block tends to be more practical and longer-lasting. I recall some years back a bit of trouble with timber-framed homes which hadn't been carefully built, and there was a lot of rot in the frame wood which was only found when the buildings started to crack up.

Timber is a better choice for dry and sunny climes that are prone to earth movement. I'm sure, JBee, you'd recognise all the components of Ric's building, just labelled differently
Free Range Naturism / Re: [b]Progress - Finally[/b]
« Last post by jbeegoode on Today at 10:40:54 AM »
"Scatterbattened...sterling board and membrane...external cladding" are all unfamiliar terms, and I have constructed two houses from scratch, and been through lots of remodeling. That common language across the pond condition rearing its head, I suppose.
It sounds vaguely like stick and stucco, with the stucco being replaced by some substitute. Do you have 2x6's, etc. or is it some metric concoction?
Free Range Naturism / Desert Flowers
« Last post by jbeegoode on Today at 10:31:36 AM »
Not Desert Flower DF, but the local flora, which I mis-referenced, now that I think of it. This thread is for anything desert flowers.

The latest entry at is the kick off to this thread. It is about the yearly explosion of the San Pedro cactus blooms, our roaming in the night and through sunrise. This is mostly documenting the blooming back in 2013.

Free Range Naturism / Re: [b]Progress - Finally[/b]
« Last post by ric on Today at 10:29:31 AM »
self builders in the uk often use manufactured homes to some degree.

our own 25 year old bungalow is a timber frame construction.  put down a concrete pad, then the wall panels arrive on a lorry , 3 blokes put the kit together in a week , then youve a watertight structure,  roof is felted and scatterbattened ready for tilers , external walls are frame with sterling board and membrane , gang of brickies then add external cladding ... reconstituted stone blocks in ours,  windows and doors are in . internal walls are timber studding ready for plasterboard after cables run etc... took me arround 12 months to do the internal work... whilst working full time.

now there are full turn key packages available , also the log cabin approach.

theres also the steel container approach. 

theyre there if you search them out .

even some of the housing estates are now using the timber frame approach ... less time spent in the rain on site.
Trip reports / Re: The Gila Box trip: Part I
« Last post by jbeegoode on Today at 10:19:42 AM »
Since the breakdown was in October 2012, so far so good. I was told that it will be good for another 200,000 miles.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Everyday Occurances
« Last post by JOhnGw on Today at 08:37:30 AM »
....................... If I drive naked do I stop at the edge of town, or put on clothes in the parking lot?  Its so confusing. 

I have always intended to dress at the edge of town but never managed to find a spot to stop and ended up dressing in the, often busy, car park.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Nighttime naturism
« Last post by nuduke on Today at 02:30:58 AM »

It's 01.29 Friday, I'm nightime naked doing my forum reads and posts.  But I'm tired night walking for me tonight.
Goodnight all! Yawwwwwnnnn!  ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz..........
Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« Last post by nuduke on Today at 02:21:22 AM »

Completely uneventful month July, no outings, usual naked domesticity, bit of gardening.
One observation though is of my wife.  Whilst sometimes she huffs and puffs if I go about naked, other times she seems not to notice.
Yesterday she was a bit late to bed and I went downstairs where she was watching TV and resting her aching back by kneeling.  I approached stealthily from behind and cocked a leg gently over her shoulder and waggled my foot.  We chuckled and then I sat and watched TV opposite her for a short while.  I was naked and she didn't mention it.  A few days ago I got up naked in the morning as I do and went downstairs to make us a cup of tea.  This never gets a reaction these days.  That day I worked on well into the day until afternoon without donning a stitch.  We made 2 guest beds together and I only got dressed because I had to go out.  So uneventful but not textile.

If I think back even, say, 5 years...or even 2 or 3, my 'How was your month' report would be that I got my clothes off at all.  When I compare with today, I am naked so much more of the time nowadays!
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