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Old 11-27-2016, 12:26 AM   #1
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This is not for every person or every situation. It started as experimenting around with rammed earth garden walls.

I was after was cheaper, mostly local materials, breathable walls, smaller carbon footprint, easier and less skilled labor. (granted the vaulted brick roof is over the top.)

The building is for grain storeage.

What did not come from within 10 km was cement (foundation pad and ring beam) steel for beam , metal for doors, plastic under living roof, conduit and wiring, alluminum pipes.

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Walls and floor are earth. Inside walls were plastered with earth/sand/lime.

roof is two layers of brick. plastic liner, losse soil on top. One area i tried ramming he earth.

Two neighbor kids did the walls, and hence sometimes they were not so straight.

Either will lime wash the outside or will paint with a clay/lime to keep it earth color
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:41 AM   #2
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That is really cool.

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Thats really interesting! Thanks for sharing...
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Like those bottle windows! Were the corbelled bricks at the top of the wall done for esthetics or was there a more practical reason for it?
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Like those bottle windows! Were the corbelled bricks at the top of the wall done for esthetics or was there a more practical reason for it?
im guessing "overhang" so as to keep water from deteriorating the walls
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I like it...........a lot ! Thank you for sharing.
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Were the corbelled bricks at the top of the wall done for esthetics or was there a more practical reason for it?
like parkers said to protect the walls, However it is not enough on the rain prevailing side.

I also like the aesthetics of it.
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Is it a farm granary? or for periods of Civil unrest?


Does every home have a masonry wall/ enclosure?


Masonry is out of favor here for grain storage, except for very long term.

That is the most interesting grain storage building I seen in years.

Does the owner keep cats, mongeese or snakes for varmint control?

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Is it a farm granary? or for periods of Civil unrest?
It is for storeage of crops, mostly maize and beans. We dont have Civil unrest in tanzania. My next house will incorporate some rammed earth walls and clay brick.


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Does every home have a masonry wall/ enclosure?
yes unfortunately, most houses have cement block walls in urban areas. Am sure my neighbors hate the idea of my earth garden walls.


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Masonry is out of favor here for grain storage, except for very long term.

That is the most interesting grain storage building I seen in years.

Does the owner keep cats, mongeese or snakes for varmint control?
What can you tell me about masonry grain storeage buildings. why would it be used?

The idea was a tight building so varmits can't get in the store. In my house it is hard to get a good seal between walls and wood truss roof.
In my vaulted houses people dont get mice and rats.

unfortunately people hate snakes (they bite) and mongoose (the eat chickens) so they are killed. We used to have lots of mongoose but i rarely see them around our place anymore, but they excite the chickens every once in awhile.

Owls and other birds of prey are probably best rodent control
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What about cats?

That shed is way cool.

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Pre-depression (circa 1929-39) most wealthy farms in the USA would build silos and milk barns out of structural clay tiles/ brick, most have been demolished as functionally obsolete for factory mono-culture farming/ ranching.

You didn't need to paint them, or worry about them burning down... Concrete floors were & are much easier to clean then dirt. And maintain humidity and temperature much better than a thin sheet of tinned steel...

I'd suggest embedding sub centimeter galvanized/stainless wire mesh inside the rammed earth to stop rodents....

Cats will reduce the rat population pressure considerably. But they have their health issues, nasty waste, and are the leading source of rabies bites in the Continental USA via interactions with diseased raccoons and skunks/civets. Never approach a Mid-West rural farm cat that is acting strangely.

Poisonous snakes are rare here @ 42 degrees North... but Bull and garden snakes will consume quite a few rodents in the warmer seasons.

I'd argue the common block enclosures show the "rule of Law" is a triffle weak. Is broken glass and grease a common accessory to the coping of the walls?.

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I'd suggest embedding sub centimeter galvanized/stainless wire mesh inside the rammed earth to stop rodents....
two reasons i wont go that way:

It adds the cost, and my one aim is to build as cheaply as possible without decreasing the structure.

The walls are 40cm/16in thick and very hard. I can't imagine them going all the way through. A rodent can eat and scratch through weak concrete and block but very unlikely they are going to go to that much time.

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I'd argue the common block enclosures show the "rule of Law" is a triffle weak. Is broken glass and grease a common accessory to the coping of the walls?.
People used to put broken glass on tops of walls. Now they put rolls of razor wire or electrified wire. My reason for walls is to keep dogs in and out.
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You have any pics of your ram? Hydraulic or lever?

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You have any pics of your ram? Hydraulic or lever?
Sorry I think you are thinking of compressed earth block method. Rammed earth is formwork done insitu.

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rather than "ramming " it is more repeated tamping until it becomes hard and starts to sound more like ringing. We now use 2" pipe with 4" plate on the bottom

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