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Kelly Mitchell
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Anybody have info on building with slab wood? Especially making an earth sheltered hut, building on-grade, etc.


 
Jim Derby
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Hi Kelly.

In American English a slab is a partially rounded "first cut" of a log. In Australian English a slab is a thick plank. Could you clarify the meaning, this is an international forum.

There is such a thing as wood foundations, but modern times the wood is pressure treated to be rot resistant. Generally I do not think of wood as being a good choice for earth sheltered buildings unless they are simple and non-durable. The "first cut" slabs are also mostly sapwood which generally rots much faster than heartwood. Are you thinking of a durable building?
 
Kelly Mitchell
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First cut of wood - rounded log-sides. Might not need to be a long-term structure - maybe last 15 years or so. I would make the floor out of rammed earth and the walls/roof out of slab. It's Tamarack (larch) which is a very rot-resistant wood.
 
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Hi Kelly,

I think I get your drift on this and a "basic view" of you plane...

What specifics do you want to know about "slab wood?" Is this an all "fossorial architecture" or a mix? Have you read some of my other posts like "raised earth foundations" and the like?

I will do my best to cover your questions, but without blueprints/CAD model the best I have to offer will probably be very generic...but I will try to be specific to the level of the question asked.

Regards,

j
 
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My outhouse is made from them and aspen poles.

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Kelly Mitchell
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Hey - that's a beauty. An outhouse is what I most need to build - actually need one very soon. Do you have plans of any type, even a rough drawing. What's the flooring? What fasteners, etc.?
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Kelly
 
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No plans just winged it. Dug a hole about 6X6X6, 4 aspen poles in 4 corners that went from the bottom of the hole to the roof height. Horizontal logs forming the underground box. The 4 aspen poles hold them against the dirt, no fasteners. Slabs on three sides above ground, overlapping each row a little to keep water out. Recycled decking from a neighbor for the door and front wall. Recycled fiberglass for the see through roof, adds light. Recycled 3/4 inch plywood interior and seat hole. Recycled seat. False wall behind seat that lets air circulate from pit to top of roof, outside. Screen at the top triangle openings to keep bugs out. Everything above ground was nailed together.
 
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