This is such a unique and informative
medium for forwarding dome thinking to the general dome public here...and I
hate to be sour grapes, but when you realize that almost EVERY "how
to" book on domes is just a rewrite of others' printed material..most
of whom have gone under because of no support after the kit sale, you have
to wonder just how much the public really believes anymore from defunct kit
companies rewrite specialists.
I don't know any of the parties involved
in this book and I'm sure they mean well.....but how is this any
different from the countless others who "educate us" on how to
build domes through means other than actually building them.
Case in point....If you caulk all the
seams prior to roofing , how will you relieve skin"overpressure"
especially if you have no cupola to passively vent the skin
through the soffit ? And furthermore, if you caulk them to prevent water
from entering , you haven't roofed it properly to begin with. We've roofed
domes for 30 years and counting...never caulked a seam and never had a leak.
Although we do use premier Elk brand shingles most of the time.(you're
Now I'm sure a lot of folks
would like to believe they can build a dome from a book, and the folks who
stand to make a buck off these books are entitled to their opinions,
but ...Give Me A Break!...I'm sorry
...what I should have said is, give yourselves a break and find an
experiencced contractor to assist you. I know there are few, and yes
we are one, so know this...... We have lots of work and I'm not
fishing...I just get so tired of repairing domes of people who bought into
the do-it-yourself aspect of dome building only to discover how much the
books(all books) leave out.It gives domes a bad rap for the next guy to
apply for financing of any type whter long term or construction money. The
bean counters all have heard of a bad dome story( and I've heard my share of
leak stories), and
NEVER hear about the succesful ones.This is how
domes are judged. The NEVER hear about the lower utility bills, or the wind
resistance, or the open spacious feelings , or the general well being you
feel from having a home with so much in a positive light. Only the horror
Have you noticed how
difficult is is for owner/builders to get money these days unless you are in
the building trade?
As I said...we are booked for the next 14
months and this is BEFORE we go to Europe and Australia on big dome
projects. I'm sure as &*$# not taking the time to write this
to drum up more work....it's just so much like the others who say
"check this out" on this discussion group and it's
proprietary to their way to make a buck off the backs of unsuspecting dome
"wannabe's". How many times have you called a kit company and the
VERY FIRST THING they want to know is how much money you are sending them
for books, plans, or planning guides(mostly bad rewrites anyway). I've seen
this for 30 years and I guess I'm fed up with seeing well educated, well
intentioned dome owners with a bad dome and an equally bad taste for dome
living because they didn't have enough info before they bought into the
whole concept of a dome house.
AND YOU AS MODERATORS OF THIS
PAGE, KNOW WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT!