[Strawbale]Re: GSBN:Re: holding down the roof (was: Look Ma', no hands!)

Mark Piepkorn duckchow at greenbuilder...
Wed Mar 30 21:57:55 CEST 2005

Back in Lars Keller's longhair days, a bunch of Euros and a couple Aussies 
came to cowboy country. I think it had something to do with Judy and Matts. 
This wild bunch raced up and down the western U.S.A., perplexing the 
'Murricans with their excellent insights and clever questions. I tagged 
along indiscreetly in a red Metro. 

I seem to recall a tale told by the self-builders at Songdog Ranch - they 
built their big SB house in 1987 - about sitting inside during a big 
windstorm and watching a corner of the roof lift up enough to alarm the 
Harley-riding Californians, then settle back down... in mostly the right place.

Probably there was somebody there who was a better memory than me, like 
Rhine-mouth Rene, with a better recollection of the details.

Mark Piepkorn

At 02:03 PM 3/30/2005, Derek Roff wrote:
>In some cases, a gale-force wind (>55 kph/34 mph) can apply more lift to 
>the roof of a building than the combined downward forces of both live and 
>dead loads for that same roof...

>>From: "rikki nitzkin" <rnitzkin at hotmail...>
>>I always thought that to build a solid, load-bearing SB house it was
>>necessary to include a tie-down system and a roof-plate.

Mark Piepkorn

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