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Strawbale Build in 24 hours for the TV
These are pictures of a challenge I took on to build a strawbale building in just 24 hours for a series called "Home wasn't built in a day" for UK Style TV
All built with volunteers with no previous strawbale building experience

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10am the start of the 24 hour countdown, first job is to unload and sort the bales out.

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Next we used a mini digger to excavate the holes for the recycled telegraph poles that made up the raised deck.

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Putting in the telegraph poles and joists that made up the raised deck.

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Raised deck finished and first bale being laid.

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Now it's time to position the door.

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Here, at the back you can see the long telegraph poles that will support the roof, and the first few courses are now laid.

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After reaching two courses high it is time to fit the window frames that go next to the door.

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As dusk approaches we begin to wonder if we will ever complete it in the 24 hours!

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The TV crew had organised some big floodlights, so we could continue working into the night, and they could carry on filming us!

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Here we can see the building from the frontside with courses of bales almost up to the top of the door and window frames.

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A view of the rear to the same height as the previous picture.

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We then had to line up the fall for the roofpoles using a stringline, and then cut them to size.

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All walls to full height with corrugated iron roof now fitted.

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Two of the very tired volunteers discussing the days events.

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A view of the side with window and roof overhang for front verandah just visible.

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10am a full 24 Hours later, The building is finished, Many hands make light work.

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One of the inside walls with window boarded out.

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