Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ekstra isolasie op die plafon - www . aardskip . com - Extra insulation from recycled polystyrene on the ceiling - Goto the weblog for more info.

Die laaste twee weke het ons hard gewerk om die tweede kamer se plafon, deur
en vensters klaar te maak. In die foto sien u die ekstra herwinde
polistireen wat ons gebruik vir ekstra isolasie. Die polistireen het ons by
die asgate opgetel in stukke gebreek van kleiner as 50mm in deursnee en in
sakke geplaas en bo op die plafon geplaas. Die effek van die totale isolasie
is geweldig.

Sien tabel vir die minimum en maksimum temperature in grade Celsius.
T. is waar slegs die effek van die termiesemassa gemeet is.
I. is waar ook die effek van die plafon met isolasie gemeet is.
Die I. deel van die tabel se data is gemeet vanaf 09-09-2014 en die T.
gedeelte die tydperk voor die plafon met isolasie geplaas was in "Kamer 3".

-------- --------- ------- ------- ---------
| | Kamer 3 | Gang | Buite | Kamer 2 |
-------- --------- ------- ------- ---------
| T. Max | 36.00 | 36.00 | 44.00 | 35.00 |
| T. Min | 5.00 | 5.00 | -6.00 | 6.00 |
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| I. Max | 25.00 | 30.00 | 37.00 | 29.00 |
| I. Min | 18.00 | 11.00 | 1.00 | 10.00 |
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Uit die tabel is die termiesemassa se effek die duidelikste sigbaar tussen
die "Buite" temperatuur en "Kamer 2". Die minimums verskil 12 grade en die
maksimums 9 grade, elke keer tot die voordeel van die inwoner. So die
termiesemassa effek is so 10,5 grade.

Die effek van die isolasie en plafon is duidelik te sien in die temperature
tussen "Kamer 3", "Gang" en "Kamer 2". Hier verskil die minimums 8 grade en
die maksimums 5 grade. So die isolasie effek is so 6,5 grade. Ten opsigte
van die "Buite" temperature verskil die minimums 17 grade en die maksimums
12 grade. Dus is beide se effek so 14,5 grade.


Intussen gaan dit goed met die voedsel produksie, ons het genoeg Flespampoen
("Butternut"), Tamatie, Spinasie, Boerekool ("Kale"), Basiliekruid,
Roosmaryn, Origanum, Pietersielie, Slaaiblare en Wortels. Verder groei die
piesang- en avokadobome baie goed.


Die week het die 12mm gereën en is die tenks nou 40% vol.
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The last two weeks we have worked hard to finish the second room's ceiling,
door and windows. In the picture you can see the extra recycled polystyrene
that we used for extra insulation. We picked up the polystyrene at the
rubbish hole, broken it into smaller than 50mm in diameter pieces and placed
it in bags and put the bags on top of the ceiling. The effect of total
insulation is great.

See table for min and max temperatures in degrees Celsius.
T. is were we only measured the effect of thermal mass.
I. is were we also measured the effect of the ceilings and insulation.
The I. part of the table's data is measured from 09-09-2014 and the T.part
predates the ceiling and insulation installation in "Room 3".

+--------+--------+---------+-------+--------+
| | Room 3 | Planter | Out | Room 2 |
+--------+--------+---------+-------+--------+
| T. Max | 36.00 | 36.00 | 44.00 | 35.00 |
| T. Min | 5.00 | 5.00 | -6.00 | 6.00 |
+--------+--------+---------+-------+--------+
| I. Max | 25.00 | 30.00 | 37.00 | 29.00 |
| I. Min | 18.00 | 11.00 | 1.00 | 10.00 |
+--------+--------+---------+-------+--------+

From the table is the effect thermal mass is most visible between the "Out"
and "Room 2" temperatures. The minimums vary 12 degrees and maximums 9
degrees, each time to the benefit of the occupants.

The effect of the insulation and ceiling can clearly be seen in the
temperatures between "Room 3", "Planter" and "Room 2". The differences are
for the minimums 8 degrees and for the maximums 5 degrees. In relation to
the "Out" are the temperatures 17 degrees for the minimums and the maximums
is 12 degrees.


Meanwhile, goes well with our food production, we have enough Butternuts,
Tomatoes, Spinach, Kale, Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Parsley, Lettuce and
Carrots. Further grow the banana and avocado trees very well.


The week it rained 12mm and the tanks now 40% full. We are very thankful.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Tweede kamer se vensters van binne - www.aardskip.com - Second room's windows from the inside

Photo of the ceiling and windows of the second bedroom. We still have to place the door, window panes and cornice.

Secondly I would once again for all the support that we get from all of you financial and other wise. Special thanks to David Otto and Omar Fourie for their generous donations.

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In die foto sien u die tweede kamer se plafon en vensters. Ons moet nog die deur, ruite en kroonlys plaas.

Tweedens wil ek weerens vir julle bedank vir al die ondersteuning wat ons kry van julle vir julle finansiële en ander. Spesiale dank aan David Otto & Omar Fourie vir hul ruimhartige skenkings.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Sel: +27 53 207 0029
Tel: +27 73 134 9671

Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Aardskip donations / skenkings
Bank: ABSA
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Branch: 632005
Account name: LRHV Everson
Account nr: 9272495193
Reference: Aardskip

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Tweede kamer se vensters - www.aardskip.com - Second room's windows

Die week het ek aan die tweede buite bedding gewerk. Dit is nou 'n bedding waar ons aartappels en ander ondergrondse groente buite kan plant.

Verder het ons gewerk aan die tweede kamer se gang vensters, sien foto.

Die tweede foto is van 'n lekker dis wat ons geëet het uit ons binnenshuisetuin.

Dit het 3mm gereen die week.

Vreemde week in Orania die een oggend om 6:00 was dit 20 grade en twee dae later was dit 1 graad buite en binne was dit 25 grade en 18.

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This week I work the second outside bedding. It is the bedding where we will plant underground plants like potatoes.

In addition, we worked on the second room's passage windows, see picture.

The second photo is delicious dish that we ate from our indoor garden.


It rained 3mm this week.
Strange week one morning at 6:00 it was 20 degrees and 2 days later was it 1 degree. Inside it was 25 and 18 degrees.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Friday, 12 September 2014

Kyk na ons plante, wortel deursnee 8cm - www.aardskip.com - What do you think our stalk with 88 tamatoes.



This month is one of the hottest Septembers ever and this is a definite sign of climate change.

In Durban the previous record temperature was 34 degrees C, if the forecasts are correct it will reach a new record of 35 degrees. The other cities in South Africa also have extreme temperatures for September.

Thus far this month we measured maximum of 37 outside and at the same time the inside room temperature was only 25. Today again we measured 34 outside and a mere 24 inside. The lowest that we measured outside was a cold 4 degrees C outside and at the same time the inside was a comfortable 17 degrees C. Do you also want an earthship?

At the moment I am busy installing the second bedroom's windows and door, once this is done I'll finish off the ceiling. Then we will start tackling the kitchen ceiling.

In the meantime the indoor's garden is doing well. My one tomato stalk, that is now going for its second year, has currently 88 tomatoes, see photo. On the other side of the garden is my carrots and one carrot has a diameter of 8cm, see other photo.

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Hierdie maand is een van die warmste Septembers ooit en dit is 'n definitiewe teken van klimaatsverandering.

Bv. in Durban was die vorige rekord temperatuur 34 grade C, indien die voorspellings korrek is, sal dit 'n nuwe rekord tempratuur van 35 grade bereik. Die ander stede in Suid-Afrika het ook 'uiterste temperature vir September.

Tot dusver hierdie maand het ons 'n maksimum van 37 buite gemeet en op dieselfde tyd was die kamertemperatuur net 25. Vandag het ons 34 buite gemeet en binne was dit slegs 24. Die laagste wat ons buite gemeet het, was 'n koue 4 grade C buite en op dieselfde tyd was die binnekant is 'n
gemaklike 17 grade C. Wil u ook 'n aardskip hê?

Op die oomblik is ek besig om die tweede slaapkamer se vensters en deure te installeer, sodra dit gedoen is sal ek die plafon klaar maak. Dan sal ons die kombuis plafon aanpak.

In die tussentyd doen ons binnenshuistuin goed. My een tomatoe rank, wat nou gaan vir sy tweede jaar, het tans 88 tamaties, sien foto. Aan die ander kant van die tuin is my wortels en een wortel het 'n deursnee van 8 cm, sien ander foto.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Foto van ons UV filter & lees wat ons besoekers sê - Read the visitors entries Jan & Feb 2014


Visitors book



Jan 2014


03/01/2014
* Trix & Louis du Toit - Middelburg - Sterkte & baie geluk met hierdie projek. Ons gaan kyk wat ons kan doen. / Good luck & congratulations on this project. We will see what we can do.
* Elsabe, Anneke, Anali Boshoff - Stellenbosch - Baie interessant, ons sal graag kom help! / Very interesting, we would like to help!
* Rossouw Minnaar - Pretoria
* JF Boshoff - Randfontein - Mooi / Beautiful
* CF Boshoff - Randfontein - Mooi / Beautiful
* Lombaard A - Pretoria - Baie innoverend / Very innovative


05/01/2014
* P de Beer - Pretoria - Goed gedaan / Well done
* H van Rooyen - Pretoria - Welgedaan / Well done
* M Fouche - Tzaneen - Inspirerend /Inspirational
* P & A & M de Beer - Pretoria - Knap gedaan! 'n Prestasie om op trots te wees!! / Well done! Something to be proud of!!


07/01/2014
* Van Zyl & Philip Naude, Martha de Villiers - Worcester - Baie interessant, dankie! / Very interesting, thank you!

08/01/2014
* Sonja Schwirzer - Nelspruit - Baie interessant huis, julle is 'n voorbeeld vir almal. Sterke met als in 2014. / Very interesting house, you are an example to us all. Success for 2014.
* Robert & Magda Brand - Jan Kempdorp - Ons was verstom. Dit wil gedoen wees! / We were stunned. Well done!

09/01/2014
* Morrie, Este, Amanda, Trevor Willemse - Port Elizabeth - Interessant en baie innoverend. Baie interessant. / Interesting and very innovative. Very interesting.
* Hannes & Janie Bester - Roodepoort - Indrukwekkend. Dankie vir die leersame toer deur die huis :-) / Impressive. Thanks for the informative tour of the house :-)

13/01/2014
* Paul & Jacoba du Plessis - Kimberley - Baie leersaam. Baie dankie. / Very informative. Thank you.

15/01/2014
* Felix - Erlangen, Duitsland - interessant! / interesting!
* Anton & Susan Beaurain - Groblersdal - Baie oulik / Very cute

19/01/2014
* Surina Esterhuyse - Bloemfontein - Baie goed! Het dit baie geniet om dit te sien! / Very good! Enjoyed it very much to see it!

24/01/2014
* Muller & Hoffman - Bloemfontein - Kreatief, interessant, skeppend. / Creative, interesting, creative.

27/01/2014
* Gerhard Myburg - Perth Australia - Lyk baie goed. Baie sterkte met die projek. / Looks very good. Good luck with the project.

29/01/2014
* Francois & Yufu Jacobs - Toronto, Canada - Baie goed en insiggewend. / Very good and informative.

31/01/2014
* Rentia Bartlett - Pretoria - Sterkte met die aardskip, ons hoop julle woon, leef, werk hier gelukkig en in weelde. / Good luck with the earthship, we hope you live, live, work and happy here in luxury.
* Stefan Mohl - Pretoria


Feb 2014

04/02/2014
* Charles & Retha Schoeman - - Baie interessant / Very interesting

08/02/2014
* R Riche - Volksrust - Cool

10/02/2014
* JT Keynders - Fochville - Baie kreatief en besonders / Very creative and special

11/02/2014
* DJ Steffens - Sunrise on sea Eastern Cape - Baie geleer & self ondervind / Learned & experienced a lot
* Danie Venter - Coligny - Vat jou tyd, dit sal werk. / Take your time, it will work.


17/02/2014
* Johan Visser - Gariepdam - Uitstekend goeie boumetode / Excellent good building method

20/02/2014
* Anushka Life - Melkbosstrand - Julle is geniaal!! 'n Ware voorbeeld. :-) / You are a genius !! A true example. :-)
* Pierre Ackermann - Phalaborwa - Fantasties

24/02/2014
* Johan & Amanda Strauss - Boksburg - Baie beïndruk met die huis. Sal weer kom as julle klaar is!! / Very impressed with the house. Will come again when you are finished !!
* Terrance & Debbie Cout - Warner Beach - Moerse impressive!! / Very impressive!!

25/02/2014
* Brain Rademeter - Prins Albert - Inspirerend! / Inspirational!

26/02/2014
* Nic & T Olivier - Tosea - Iets nuut vir my! Goed! - Something new to me! Good!
* Gerhard Richter - Thabazimbie - Interessant.

27/02/2014
* Frits Piso - Nieuwegein, Nederland - Amazing!




Nota: 

Foto is ­van die ultra violet filter om die drinkwater te steriliseer. So ons besoekers kry 'n heerlike glas suiwer reënwater.


Photo is the UV filter underneath the zink for the drinking water. All our  visitors can get a glass of ice cold pure rain water.





vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Sel: +27 53 207 0029
Tel: +27 73 134 9671

Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Aardskip donations / skenkings
Bank: ABSA
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Branch: 632005
Account name: LRHV Everson
Account nr: 9272495193
Reference: Aardskip

Monday, 25 August 2014

Progress of ceiling in second room - www.aardskip.com - 2e kamer se plafon vorder.

This past week we continued with the ceiling in the second bedroom. See photo.

If you asked how do we cut the wood to fit so perfectly in the arch, we will not tell you. Joke, we first measure the arch and then cut a cardboard template and then make the wooden ceiling panel. Tedious process, but it works. By the way the wooden ceiling panels are made from second hand solar panel pallets.

We also started to bake bread in the solar oven and it works very well, thank you very much.

Feedback: The grey water system is working fine again.

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Die afgelope week het ons voortgegaan met die plafon in die tweede slaapkamer. Sien foto.

As jy vra hoe hoe doen ons dit om die hout so perfek te laat pas in die boog, sal ons jou nie vertel nie. Grap, ons meet eers die boog en dan maak ons 'n karton sjabloon en dan saag ons die hout plafon paneel uit. ´n Uitgerekte proses, maar dit werk.

Ons het ook begin brood in die sonoond te bak en dit werk baie goed, baie dankie.

Terugvoering: Die gryswaterstelsel werk weer goed.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 16 August 2014

3rd bedroom corridor window and door done - www.aardskip.com - 3e kamer se gangvensters en deur voltooi

Die derde kamer is nou afrond en ek en Retha slaap nou in die kamer. Dit is die eerste slaapkamer met 'n deur, vensters en plafon. Die plafon maak die kamer se temperatuur baie meer gerieflik as die ander vertrekke in die aardskip. Bo op die plafon het ons ook tweedehandse polistireen geplaas vir
ekstra isolasie.

Die foto wys die derde slaapkamer se deur en venster van die gang se kant. Kyk hoe groot is die piesangboom.

Die week het ons begin met die plafon van die tweede slaapkamer.

Ander interessantheidjie is dat die gryswater was nie die week genoeg vir die spoel van die toilet nie. Gelukkig is daar 'n eenrigting klep wat ons kan oop draai om die toilet te spoel met drinkwater (soos in ander huise). Die tekort aan spoel water was waarskynlik omdat daar 'n verstopping was en
van die water weg gevloei het na die septiesetenk. Daar is 'n klep wat die gryswaterpyp verbind aan die swartwaterpyp om oorvloei te voorkom. Hopelik het ons het die verstopping skoon gekry. Dit vetfilter het nogal heelwat vet in gehad, wat waarskynlik in die gryswater pyp vasgesit het.

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The third room is finished and Retha and myself moved to this room so that we can start with the second room. This is the first bedroom with a door, windows and a ceiling. The ceiling makes the room much more comfortable than the other rooms in the earthship. Above the ceiling, we also placed second-hand polystyrene for extra insulation.

The photo shows the door and window of the third bedroom from the corridor's side. See how big the banana tree.

This week we start with the ceiling of the second bedroom.

Other interesting point is that grey water was not enough to flush the toilet. Fortunately, there is a valve which can be opened to flush the toilet with drinking water (like in other modern homes). The shortage of flush water was probably because there was a blockage in the grey water pipe, and the waters flowed to the septic tank. There is a valve that connects to the grey water pipe with the black water pipe to prevent overflow inside the house. Hopefully we've got the blockage cleared. We
cleaned the grease filter which had quite a lot of fat, which was probably stuck in the grey water pipe.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Blomkool - www-aardskip-com - cauliflower

Ons is klaar met die installering van die deur en die glas van die derde slaapkamer. Drie verskillende diktes glas (3-6mm) is gebruik, afhangende van die grootte en die doel van die ruite. Volgende week sal ons met die derde kamer afrond en dan sal ons oor trek na die derde kamer en begin werk aan die tweede kamer se plafon en glas/venster muur.

Hier is die foto van ons groot blomkool met 'n deursnee van meer as 30 cm. Die wit bak in die agtergrond is 'n standaard grote roomysbak. Tussen hakkies die plantjie was geplant in Mei 2013, maar het eers 'n paar maande gelede begin blom.

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We finished installing the door and the glass of the third bedroom. Three different thicknesses of glass (3-6mm) was used, depending on the size and purpose of the glass panes. Next week we will be finished with the third room and then we will move in to the room and start with the second room's ceiling and glass/window wall.

Here is the photo of our huge cauliflower with diameter of more than 30cm. The seeds of the cauliflower was planted May 2013, but it only started to from a flower a couple of moths ago.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Snappy installed - www.aardskip.com - Snappy geïnstalleer

Hierdie week het ons die Snappy induksieplaat in die kombuistafel geïnstalleer .

Ons het ook begin met die installering van die deur van die derde slaapkamer.

Binnekort sal ek foto's plaas van ons groot blomkool met 'n deursnee van meer as 30cm en wortel met 'n deursnee van byna 10cm.

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This week we installed the Snappy induction plate in the kitchen tabletop.

We also started installing the door of the third bedroom.

Soon I will post some photos of our huge cauliflower with diameter of more than 30cm and carrot with diameter of almost 10cm in the planter.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson

Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Tel: +27 73 134 9671
Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115

Aardskip donations / skenkings
Bank: ABSA
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Branch: 632005
Account name: LRHV Everson
Account nr: 9272495193
Reference: Aardskip

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Backup gas geyser installed - aardskip - rugsteun gasgeiser geïnstalleer

Last week I've designed a solar system for the Groot Geluk neighbourhood next to Orania. This phase of the project will have a 24kW peak power and 100kWh units per day capability. The system will have in the order of 92 PV panels and give power to 20 households.

In the photo you see the portable gas geyser that I bought at Kragdag. Currently it is installed so that it can be used with the simple turn of a valve. However it can very easily be move to where it is most needed.

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Verlede week het ek 'n sonkragstelsel vir die Groot Geluk buurt langs Orania ontwerp. Hierdie fase van die projek sal 'n piek krag van 24kW en 100kWh eenhede per dag lewer. Die stelsel sal in die orde van 92 panele elektriese krag hê en gee krag aan 20 huishoudings.

In die foto sien julle die draagbare gasgeiser wat ek by Kragdag gekoop het. Tans is dit so geïnstalleer sodat dit gebruik kan word met die eenvoudige draai van 'n klep. Terselfde tyd kan dit baie maklik geneem word na die plek waar dit die nodigste is.

vriendelike groete
Ludwig en Retha Everson
Pos: Posbus 186, Orania 8752, Suid Afrika
Sel: +27 73 134 9671
Tel: +27 53 207 0029
Web: http://www.aardskip.com
Bakkies: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aardskip
GPS: -29.8168,24.4115