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Foundations and heavy rains

 
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Hello everyone,

First of all, excuse my broken english that I did learn at school 25 years ago, my mother tongue is the french.
So, if the questions I will ask here are already ask, I didn't see them. It's hard for to read all in english...

I'm living in French Guyana and I would like to make an earthbag house for my family and me.
Here, it rains a lot, almost 2000 mm a year.

1 - What should I do for the foundering to avoid moisture in the house and how should I do the floor ? Concrete, tilling, wood floor on joist ? Something else ?
2 - The field where I want to do the house is made of sand. Is it ok for filling the bag ?
3 - It rains everyday. If I use earth to fill the bag, is it a problem for the wall or should I cover them with a plastic cover everyday ? And what for the sand ?

Thank you for reading and answering.
 
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Hi Dani,

This is a good place to start Raised-Earth-Foundations

I'm not an earth bag expert, but I don't think it is possible without dry soil.

The foundation designs and traditional methods of drainage should be of great use to you.

Bill
 
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Hello,

Thanks for the link. I've printed it (in pdf) and I think it wil take me a little time to read carrefully those 53 pages !!!
So, I think I'll come back in some days with many more questions.

Dan
 
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