Stacking Bales for the Garage
First course on the east wall:
Notching bales to fit under the window. We used a grinder with a Lancelot Woodcarving Tool from Lee Valley.
Like a glove ...
We also used the Lancelot for general trimming.
Sometimes we needed to split bales to fit them into smaller spaces. For this, Mark made 'bale needles' from a 1/4" piece of rolled steel. He used the grinder to make a point at one end, then flattened the other end and drilled a hole in it:
Just like a sewing needle, you thread it:
And send it through:
Tie off the new string, then repeat three more times.
Cut the original bale strings:
And pull ...
As we go along, we stop to stuff holes and check for level:
Take a few breaks ... apparently Sammy really likes straw!
Electrical - we used armoured cable. We placed the cable between the first and second courses of bales. Why armoured? Simple: the electrical inspector asked for it.
And we keep stacking ...
We finally got them all in there!
We're like proud parents ... the annoying kind. ;)
The newly installed window. We will use conventional expanding foam to fill the cracks around the perimeter.