Author's details

Name: Mark Squibb
Date registered: May 25, 2011


Chief cook and web person.

Latest posts

  1. Trading Plan — June 12, 2020
  2. RERA should be restricted within the easement — June 4, 2019
  3. RERA Declaration Analysis — May 29, 2019
  4. Just Say No! — May 27, 2019
  5. Is it really an Off Grid home? — July 3, 2018

Most commented posts

  1. A Big Gl ass Wall — 3 comments
  2. Chipcrete Experiment — 3 comments
  3. Knocking $27K off my roof — 2 comments
  4. The 5 Minute Tire — 2 comments
  5. Snow! — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Apr 07

The New Solar Scoop 

Just about anyone who installs a solar panel has one simple question – where should I point this darned thing?  That silly sun moves around all the time.   A fixed solar panel works perfectly only when the sun sweeps through the daily horizontal alignment for maybe 10 minutes, and at the season-selected tilt angle […]

Oct 12

Bandsaw 101

Using a portable bandsaw mill looks easy – just put the log in the cradle and cuta away. Well… Not so much. After a mountain of scrap, and probably 20 hours of unnecessary cuts – I eventually dialed in a method of efficiently cutting a log. This tutorial enables a beginner with a bandsaw mill […]

Oct 09

Download the Design Here

Here is the link to download the sketchup model of the house.   Sketchup is a great freeware 3D modeling program formerly owned by google. It is now managed by a group out of Boulder. It’s a great program. When I invested the 2 weeks of long days building the model, I often wondered if […]

Jul 03

Chipcrete Experiment

This experiment is in search of an affordable floor.  At 2000 sq/ft, a 4 inch thick floor is about 25 yards, 3  truckloads of concrete, about $3K in concrete, delivered. A week rental on a concrete sander prices out at about $1000. So – the hard DIY price on a sanded concrete floor is $4k.  Since I have a more »

Jun 25

Chipcrete Floor Experiment

Apr 06

Ultra Crib – Open Source Building

Just populated Ultra Crib open source building site. I listed all the building innovations I could think of there.

Mar 19

3D Model – Sketchup Download

Hi All: I’ve had a lot of requests for our 3D model.  The model is very accurate and has been used as a working reference in every stage of the build so far.  The square footage is about 4500.  The greenhouse is about 900 sq ft, and 16,000 ft cubic foot. Click to download sketchup model more »

Dec 02

A Big Gl ass Wall

Hi All: We’ve been way busy getting to dry in.  All have done a super job.  We have a hard windy day ahead with cold weather on heel.  So pardon the terse.

Nov 05

First Electrical Inspection

This video shows how to install wiring in a flat roof that has no crawl space.  There are a few requirements: Don’t staple on edge or damage wire No sharp bends, corners less than 5x wire diameter Tacks every 4.5 feet or less Put the wire where you won’t put a screw through it

Sep 02

Awesome Bread !

Check out this loaf of bread brought up by the Bensteins ! Good Eatin’ !

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