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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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build a cob house
I want to build a cob house...

I’m 15 and am thinking about being an architect when I’m older. I also want to build and live in a cob house when I am older. How would I build a cob house, how long will it take, where would I get the materials, how many peopleshould help me, how expensive is it to build ne, how big can you build one? any other info/tips would be great…


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Hope this helps...

The time it takes to build a cob house depends on the size. This spring, I plan on building a 9 by 6 foot cabin in my backyard (yes I am a small person :) ) You don’t really need many materials, just a foundation, which you can use rocks or even broken bits of concrete, which you can get delivered to your house for free. The walls don’t cost anything, unless you buy bags of sand for the cob mixture. You will need to buy straw or cut straw. Often you can offer to buy broken bales of straw but NOT ROTTED STRAW, this will weaken your walls. You can make a cob house all by yourself, or with as many friends as you want! You will also need to buy roofing, or you could thatch it with long straw. You may want to opt for natural insulation, like sheeps wool or straw bales.

If you wanted more information, check out these books.
They helped me a lot.

A cobbers companion A guide to building your own earthen home

Any books by Becky Bee

The hand-sculpted home

Hope this helped! But remember, I’m not a reliable source, so get information from professionals :)

Have fun!



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