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Root cellar w/bare clay walls?

 
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Hi, we're building a root cellar 6'x12'x7'. It's inside a new shed so it has about 10 feet of overhang from any wall and is up on a ridge so flooding should not be an issue. The soil is heavy clay.

My question is, do we really need to do anything to shore up the walls? Can we just leave them bare or is there a risk of collapse or other issues we're not considering?

Thanks for any input!
 
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There is always a risk of collapse, especially if you have anything moving on that floor near the cellar.

How much shoring is the question, and I have seen some that have very little. It is your place and your responsibility to fix any issues that arise. Oehler's PSP method can work with very little materials.

 
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