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I debated putting this somewhere in building, but decided here was more fitting for two reasons. First was that there wasn't really a category that quite fit it there and second was the fact that it isn't exclusive to creating buildings. I know this material can be a bit pricey, but it also has a lot of possible advantages for projects around the homestead. I could see a lot of value in having a way to quickly build concrete structures in 24 hours out of a material that starts out flexible. Does anyone have any experience with this material?
 
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Not sure what this stuff is, but the name reminds me of the two cabins I built in Georgia with old carpets stuccoed with cement. The result, with a little tweaking (mix the cement quite soupy, and wet the carpet with soapy water ahead of time to improve adhesion), is a rigid surface conforming to whatever shape the frame underneath is. The roof of the first cabin was framed in pine poles and bamboo, and had a deck of two thicknesses of cardboard and plastic under the carpets. I once had five people on that roof at once, and it never leaked, not in ten years. I began to refer to old carpets as the modern scrounger's equivalent of buffalo hide.....its flexible, durable, and so useful for so many things......
 
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It is sometimes also called concrete canvas. If you pull it up on youtube, they have a number of videos of how it can be bought as prefab buildings or some of it's other uses. One of the sites for it is located at http://concretecloth.milliken.com/Pages/home.aspx and details the basic nature of the stuff along with some of its usages. Sounds like the stuff you mention is a pretty solid home-made version of the same thing.
 
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PRICEY! You are paying a lot for the instant "just add water" convenience.

Google "George Nez flying roof hypar" for the DIY version.
 
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