It looks like today that the women will start processing material and making blocks. Monday went as planned, the women were given an introduction to Ubuntu-blox from collection of materials to building a house with the finished blocks. We were expecting 24 women and only 18 actually showed up. We consider that a good turnout.
Monday while the women were here they were getting messages to hurry up and come home because of unrest in the community. Cite Soleil has about 300,000 residents. Our women are from different communities in that community. When there is unrest everyone wants to be close to home. The day ended early and yesterday was canceled because of the unrest.
The women are building a block with one of the two machines we made last summer while here.
Yeah, I know. You’re wondering why we would want a PR person, little ole us in a big ole world.
Yup. That’s why.
Besides that, she’s a believer. I asked her if she wanted to change the world and she jumped like her whole life she had wanted someone to ask her that question.
We are here to set up a program building machines and houses with Grass Roots United dot org. I’m keeping a blog/diary on facebook-ubuntu-blox (group)
We will be arriving in Haiti about 3 p.m. cst today the 11th of August. We will be staying at the GRU compound in Port au Prince. Grass Roots United dot org
The goal is to build two machines for making blocks and setting up production of blocks. Eventually there will be a model of a Haitian home built with Ubuntu-blox at the compound. We will be posting updates as often as we can.
There are requests for more detailed information coming in about the block press. Our original materials list works. However, we also appreciate the cost and difficulty in finding exactly what we recommended under some conditions. We have experimented with some lighter grades of materials and can suggest new minimums.
2″ square tubing 4 each 52″ long 11 gauge is best but we have had success with 16 gauge but we recommend 14 gauge minimum
4 each 12″ long recommendations the same as above.
2″ angle iron 2 each 49 1/2 ” long 1/4 inch wall is best, 3/16″ will work and is our recommended minimum
5 each 9″ long recommendations same as above These are for braces
1/4 X 8″ plate 2 each 49 1/2 ” long we have used 3/16″ instead of 1/4″ successfully 3/16″ is our recommended minimum
1/2″ X 8″ X 7 1/2″ plate 2 each our minimum recommendation on this is 3/8″ The piece isn’t square. The top measurement is 8″ and the bottom is 7 1/2″
1/2″ X 12″ plate 1 each 32″ long and 1 each 14″ long These are the lids for the chamber. We have used 3/8″ successfully and that is our recommended minimum
1″ acme threaded rod 1 each 36″ long We used 4 tpi (threads per inch) originally We have since began using 5 tpi. 4 tpi means less turns per cyle but 5 tpi means easier turning and more power. We recommend 5 tpi
1″ acme thread nut 1 each
April 11 thru 15th was a great week at The Hunt Institute’s eandhweek.org SMU was a great host.
Greensource DFW made a great video about it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxQ-aJWzwsU
The Dallas Observer did a story http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2011/04/at_smus_living_village_harvey.php
There is more media links on the first page of the eandhweek.org site
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ubuntu-Blox/130434587030261 If you are on facebook we would like you to like us.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_187871164581331 This is where we have continued with the updates instead of placing them here.
The model home we built for eandhweek at SMU is now at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, OK. It is there waiting for their environmental and structural engineering lab to do structural engineering tests. We have also prepared a test wall for their shake table to see how the Ubuntu-Blox wall design will react in an earthquake. They are doing the tests for free and so we are waiting for an opening in their schedule.
We placed 12th in $300.00 house contest on JOVOTO. http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas
We are also an advisor at the $300.00 website http://www.300house.com/
D Magazine in Dallas did a little story about us. http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Magazine/2011/July/How_to_Build_Houses_Out_of_Trash.aspx
Yesterday I was able to experience one of those days that make a lifetime. The walls are done and the earthen plaster is being applied to the exterior. Roof is in place and will be finished this morning. We will continue with the exterior plaster and start plastering the interior.
The most amazing thing for me is the joy others bring to the project. Young, old, or in that place in between, they all get a grin on their faces that is wonderful to see when they talk to the group working on the house.
Go to Ubuntu-Blox on facebook and win a smile. You deserve it.
No April Fools joke. Today we install the foundation and start placing the Ubuntu-Blox for the Kenya/Omyonga house. We will be working there all weekend and next week to get it all done so visitors can see what a house made with plastic refuse can be like.
Monday evening we will pick up Patti Stouter at the airport. She is flying in from New York State to have a ton of fun building the Kenya/Omyonga house. http://www.simpleearthstructures.com/about.php She is going to help us formulate and apply earth plaster over the blocks. She has suggested we mix the plaster the same way it will be done in some of the developing nations where the Ubuntu-Blox is designed to help. We will lay out a tarp on the ground, add the ingredients, local soil, sand, straw, horse manure, and water. It is mixed with our feet.
So if you want to do some walking without going anywhere and getting high on life, be there, or be square.
We are desperate for foam plastics to make the blocks for the Hunt Institute Engineering and Humanity Week Kenya House.
We also need the grocery bags but are finding those at Albertsons in Wylie, Brookshires in Wylie, Brookshires in Farmersville, Walmart in Wylie, and Walmart Neighborhood Store in Murphy.
Home Depot in Wylie is giving us foam plastics they bring back from installations. Lowes in Murphy has said they will do the same thing. Best Buy in Northpark is getting a thing together to get us their foam plastics and Fry’s Electronics in Plano is supposedly also working up a way to collect their foam plastics. Allied Waste’s recycling center in Plano lets me have all the foam plastics I can gather from their trash collection but there isn’t very much to get at one time. BCE Electro has given us a bunch of foam also.