Building a shed and other new stuff

Starting the shed, building from the cartons off the trailer.

Almost Done!

The finished shed

Neighbors, forgive the pun, who live down at the end of the road on Coltsfoot Drive.


My new lawn mower/tractor. Need to manage a lot of grass and use it as a tractor to move building materials and stuff on the building site.


The view inside my shed with the new workbenches and accumulating tools and stuff. More to be transferred in shortly.

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2 Responses to “Building a shed and other new stuff”

  1. Greg Garrison Says:

    I found your blog on a search for earth tubes. How do they seem to work in foundation in lieu of underground? I am considering them myself for a SIP house in Mississippi. I am told our constant underground temp is approximately 60 degrees. We now live in a double wide mobile home and I know that even in the hottest part of the summer, it has been cool under the house. I considered using the under house air to cool the house passing through a dehumidifier to the top, so the earth tube in foundation might work here as well.

    • tedspassivesolarhouse Says:

      Greg,
      My understanding of the way the earthtubes function, is that if humidity is high, there will be a lot of condensation in the tubes, with the possibility of mold infesting the tubes and producing contamination of air supply. If the input air were dehumidified before entering the earthtubes that might reduce the possibilities for mold. My needs are mainly for winter air preheating in the earthtubes, and probably capped during the summer, since we have fairly high humiidty here in Southern Ontario. I am hoping that the solar chimney which is part of my house design (not shown on the 3D model yet) will produce a passive ventilation drive that will suffice for all but the very hottest summer days. My house site has the advantage that there are a couple tall Maple trees to the northwest of the house that will shade the house progressively from about 2pm as the sun drops to the west. In the winter the leaves are gone, so minimal shading when I need the sun to heat the house. I am sure that Missisipi has even more humid summer air than here, having lived in Tennesse for a few years long ago, and having once traveled to New Orleans in August for a conference I have experienced the summer weather in your part of the continent.

      Anyway I hope my comments are useful in your deliberations.

      Ted

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