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Old 08-12-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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What the hell is that?

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This is the foundation of an earthship. Rammed earth tire wall. Www.earthship.com
I'm taking part in a build of a house called an earthship. It uses tires, cans, bottles, lots of cement and mud. We make a house that heats and cools itself without an hvac system, provides its own water and electric, all the while using refuse to make structure and providing the inhabitants with a house that takes care of them vs them taking care of the house.

I'm going to update this thread with pictures as the build progresses. I've wanted to build one of theses for many years, and now it's a reality. Stay tuned!
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I'm interested. I will anxiously await updates.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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Very cool.

I've dreamed of building an Earthship for over 20 years now.

Please take lots of pictures and update this thread often.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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Niiice!!I want one!
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What's the NTCA say about direct-bonding to radials?

Seriously though, I'm excited for you. Please take and post as many photos as you're able to.
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how do plumbing and electrical systems install/get configured. Whats the cure time? Flood test? Deflection rates?


Ithaca is GORGES! Enjoy your working vacation! And the fine local microbrews. There's a few wineries as well.

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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Wineries everywhere. Love that area.

Joe, I wish I were more ambitious. I would come up and join you (but I'm not).

It's a very impressive undertaking. What I will do is spend at least a night in Taos -- rent one of those places.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:00 AM   #8
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I imagine that when you wake in the mornin.. you go out and smell the sweet aroma of Rubba...
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That's awesome. Keep us updated!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:04 AM   #10
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Lunch at day one. There are lotsa people here, and that's good because this work is hard.

Can wall built for the bond beam cement pour, footers for something dug and poured. Stupid trench I have been digging and picking since 7:30, 2/3 done. It gets rebar and cement, a footer.
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What are those cans and bottles in?
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Wet dry pack mortar. No lime in the mix. They are a form for a concrete bond beam. Gets poured tomorrow at ten
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:36 PM   #14
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Interesting project Joe.
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Mud said.........

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YUM!

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What are those cans and bottles in?
Them looks like hubcaps.
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