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Katrin Kerns
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I like the organic look and feel of cob houses, but I like the thought of living underground as well. Is there anyway to combine the two types of buildings? I know that cob doesn't like moisture so I'm not sure if you could build an underground cob house. Does anyone know about this, is it possible to build a cob hobbit hole?
 
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yes cob can be used underground as long as it has good waterproofing membrane and is not expected to withstand a heavy horizontal preesure of earthor water, this is based on my living in a dome shaped cob structure 4 years,these photos show how much earth is banked at window
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Katrin Kerns
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pahanna barineau wrote:yes cob can be used underground as long as it has good waterproofing membrane and is not expected to withstand a heavy horizontal preesure of earthor water, this is based on my living in a dome shaped cob structure 4 years,these photos show how much earth is banked at window

Really? Way cool, how do you build underground with waterproofing membrane? Oh, any chance you could enlarge your images? I don't see as well as I used to. Thanks much,

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it is based on a concrete dome but offsetting cob weakness with a stronger frame and stronger fastener than a wire tie,
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pahanna barineau wrote:it is based on a concrete dome but offsetting cob weakness with a stronger frame and stronger fastener than a wire tie,

Cool! Thanks so much for the info.
 
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pahanna barineau wrote:it is based on a concrete dome but offsetting cob weakness with a stronger frame and stronger fastener than a wire tie,


Not sure how anyone else took that but that is confusing me. Do you mean you used concrete over the wood skeleton then cob, then the earth berm?
 
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no concrete used except the floor which 1/2' thick being a mixture of 1 portland 1 sand 1 sifted dirt and nylon fiber like is used in concrete elimanating need for wire in slab
 
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o by the way as a plastic sheeting worshiper, haleluyah (the proof is in the pudding)
 
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the nylon fiber that is commonly used anymore rather than 6"'x'6" wire mat was developed by a friends AF General as a quick way to pour runways on fairly swampy ground
 
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