alternative & natural building methods 

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Adobe.  CEB-Cinva Ram Block Press,
Cob, Light straw, Lime plasters, Log, Papercrete, Pole, rammed earth,
Rub-R-Slate,  Rocket Stoves, Straw, Wood Chip Clay 
and more....... 
ONLINE or as Resource CD GUIDES!


CD PRICE REDUCED to $15.   Online now $12.

NU-WAY Building- Build Better For Less- Much

This is the original, expanded " Rub-R-Slate Lesson"
produced as a building book in the 1960s.
Contains 110+ pages, scanned onto CD form in a PDF
document (readable by any computer with ADOBE Reader
software- free to download from
The NU-Way Building method teaches how to plaster and
finish walls, floors, roofs, porches and any structure: metal,
wood or other with a mixture of shredded cardboard-paper,
clay and asphalt emulsion ( a nontoxic mix of water, bentonite
clay and tar in suspension.) Modern brand to buy are "Black
Jack" fibered emulsion, or Henry's online for
suppliers, most hardware stores will carry one of these brands
in 1 gal-5 gallon pails.

Houses built with this method are explained, as well as
methods to make "ashlar" and rubblestone looking walls.
Amazing ideas with simple materials introduced in the
1920's by a very creative man..Mr. Jack Bays.
ALSO the original "Rub-R-Slate Lessons" are included on the
In addition articles and data on apshalt and asphalt emulsion
use in building are included. Plus my own experiments and
experience with alternate mixes for my own studio and home
are given.
PLUS This $33.00 "Appropriate Building Materials" book, 230+
pages, is now added,
FREE, to this CD. This BOOK IS IN
PDF FORMAT ON THE CD. Read on your computer screen,
or print out the chapters, or pages you wish to read, or print
the entire book. Appropriate Building Materials is the he
grandaddy of information on building techniques and
materials. The print version imported from the UK covers
EVERYTHING about natural building, with photos, hundreds
of sketches, uses in practice, unusual treatments, very low
cost methods used in countries with few resources and much
more useful information. Great to keep as a basic reference
and idea book.

The roof of this funky shed is being coated with Rub-R-Slate. (the dark layer)  The artist  used carpeting coated with cement slurry, and a top coat of RRS for water resistance. A straw basket was turned upside down at a crown, and coated with RRS.
BELOW: The scrap, punk wooden board was first painted with asphalt emulsion, then a coating of Rub-R-Slate was applied. 
Imprints were stamped with a cookie cutter, and shards of real slate were embedded in the plaster while it was still soft.


Inventor JACK BAYS was the creator of NUWAY building and the Rub-R-Slate formulas. Now,  his original 1970s book and many unique formulations from the 1930s are contained on one CD with  extensive, additional, low cost building information.

The complete Rub-R-Slate 12 Lesson plan from the CD is  provided in a folder with the encased CD, and other printed literature of interest.

Essentially, Jack discovered that using asphalt (hot mix), OR Asphalt Emulsion (AE) mixed with clay, shredded cardboard and/or sawdust, paper, and other dry materials like sand, cement, plus some other additives, gave a hard wearing but extremely foot comfortable substance good for floors and roofing. It can be poured, troweled, rolled, sprayed, tamped, stamped, and molded while still drying.

Alternative builder Ken Kern wrote about Rub-R-Slate in his book "The Owner Built Home" but details on making the product were scarce. And John Shuttleworth, founder of *The Mother Earth News*  knew Jack and worked with some of his formulas back in the 1970s. This collection of the original lessons are now available on the CD along with the 80 page book Jack wrote.

Jack even describes coating sheets of paper/cardboard with it to premake panels for laying as floor tiles or wall surface. It can also be used for a damp proof course.

Names Jack gave to his recipes are: "Liquid Marble, MarbleWood, Insuldown, Insulrock, Lithocrete, Hornite, and Terralithic". 
The Rub-R-Slate Lesson Plan is a series of 20+ pages of typwriter typed information with details on how to make a wide variety of finished products, and a MIXER to blend the recipes. 

The information in NOT fancy, just typed pages, but can be easily followed.

What you can do with Rub-R-Slate?
Resurface old concrete/cement floors and old wood floors, baseboards, and walls. Make roofing tiles and panels, countertops, and a base mastic and grout, plaster, and coating surfaces is possible with these formulas.

Asphalt emulsion, a petroleum by product of making gasoline (waste), can be purchased at home supply stores, ($7 to $10 - 1 gallon can, or builder's supplier has 5 gallon cans for ~$21+) and shredded cardboard (or paper as in Papercrete), sawdust, sand, cement can be mixed according to his directions to produce a comfortable floor surface, or cover broken damaged floors and walls cheaply.

[Asphalt Emulsion- AE: is simply asphalt, bentonite clay and water in a suspension. It hardens by evaporation of the water, no VOCs or chemicals are in modern AE formulas. It has a "road tar" smell when the can is opened, but it dissipates immediately in the mix.]

No guarantees are made on these formulas, in fact, I would like to hear back from anyone who makes Rub-R-Slate independently.


Physical CD 8400 NUWAY Book +RUB-R-SLATE on CD $15. Mailed in USA only


ONLINE VERSION- #8400 NUWAY+ RUB-R-SLATE $12. download


This small shed was all built of scrap wood pieces just 5' long each, the artist creatively used the short pieces to build a dome shape. Some rafter ends that emerged from under the carpet were sculpted with "Papercrete" dragon heads.   see below