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I tried googling on this and got a lot of hits about make-up Is there a sticky somewhere or a group of super awesome, helpful posts about alternatives for making foundations - besides concrete? Has anyone considered using something like a backhow with a jackhammer attachment and pounding the foundation? It would be a bit like making a huge compressed earth brick for the foundation. It would probably be labor intensive but, actually, not something that would requite a high level of skills. I don't think a steam roller would do quite the same thing as a jackhammer.
 
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i've seen some video of something like you describe, but i wouldnt be able to remember where.

just that it was a method for making soil cement, jackhammer the subsoil and then water it heavily, sprinkle a couple of bags of cement/concrete/bag plaster mix and then tamp it down.
 
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Hi Tom,

Ask me specifics and I will give you them, as this is our first choice for any project.

If you want to get great info online...

Learn to do "advanced searches" in other languages besides English, and look to the vernacular of traditional, or historical architectural foundations. Yet again you must ask specifics not the open broad term "foundation," For example Ishiba 根石. If you place "ishiba date" in quotations in google that is one step toward an advance search and it will bring you to several links including this one. If your take the kanji 玉石基礎 or 柱が石の上に that will get you even more information. This is just two of thousands in your query for natural foundations.
Regards,

j.
 
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That is about what is done for many farm buildings, but add posts/piers for additional stability.

You have to have the right soil, drainage, and weather for it to work. Water will soften anything given enough of it.
 
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