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Tom Connolly
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I often see round buildings for sale up in North Dakota for cheap. They are usually used for storage of grain, etc and are not very big usually no more than 12' in diameter. They are made of galvanized steel and disassemble easily. I was looking for a way to reuse these. Any ideas? It is common to find sizes that can be nested, i.e. a 11' and a 12' so that if one were contained within another the building would have a 1' thick wall. Any ideas?
 
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I saw a tiny house built from them. They added 2x4s to the interior (screwed from outside thru the metal into the wood). After that they finished out with standard materials.

I look in my area but haven't had any luck. I think it would make a good shed or deer blind.
 
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Would it be useful to nest the buildings within each other, and then fill the gap between the inner and outer shell with straw coated with mud - or rammed earth, etc?
 
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You'll hate trying to bolt them together with 1' space to work.
 
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Temp slipform:
You Could take one panel of each size, lined with cardboard, chloroplast or 1/4 ply ripped in half to smooth out the corrugations. Then screw 2x4 verticals on each end and couple in the middle. Pipe clamp the 2x4s. Add blocking inside and you have a slipform.
 
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The most common size here is 18' diameter. "Governemnt bins" homestead act or something. 12', 18', 21', 27', 42'...

Careful taking down. Get many hands. They go back up quickly. Number each panel clockwise (1a, 1b, 1c...6a, 6b, 6c). Makes your life easier when bolt holes line up.

I've set one up last year for a buddy as a poor man's quonset. The roof can easily become endwalls if desired for low tech apps.

If short on hands, a front end loader is handy.

Don't bother reusing the hardware.

They make great temp or (if you shoot on mesh with 16 gauge staples or use roofing screws) big permanent arch formwork for thick walls. I have one between plaster and a 14' earthbag arch

Corrugated profile wins structurally over ribbed all day long. The older corrugated panels are also much thicker. Know that if you are pushing the material hard.
 
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