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Jill Anderson
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Just wanted to say hi and tell you I'm happy to have found likeminded people. I dream of building an earthship and am hoping to gain from others knowledge here. I was just looking on earthship.com and they cost WAY more than I thought I read before. Anyone done they're internship or academy?
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Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Jill, welcome to permies!

I haven't been to their academy but have always liked the idea of living in an earthship.

Seems that there should be ways to build them cheaper ?

Have you seen the wofati's here on permies yet? Just a little different take on the earthship idea.
 
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The greatest cost of the Earthship is labor.  That can be combated with volunteers who somehow seem to be drawn to intense heavy labor if it's on something as wacky as an Earthship.  This is particularly true if you are living near an urban center that has folks interested in alternative building and are looking for inspiration to do something of their own.  I was part of an Earthship build here in Dunster, and I have visited one several times in Darfield B.C..  I brought the idea from Darfield to get a hydraulic press built which pushed soil into the insides of the tires from the center.  It was a MASSIVE labor saver. 

The press consisted of a 1/4 rounds of heavy pipe cut to fit so that they would fit in the gap of the tire where the rim normally sits, thus packing into the rubber, expanding it.  The action is accomplished by the hydraulic piston pressing one arm that has one of the pipes welded on it, and the pipe welded onto a stationary arm on the opposite side works in reaction to the piston pressing away from it.  We still had to ram the center of the tires (to fill the inner circle) with sledge hammers, but that is easy in comparison to packing/filling the rubber part of the tires with hammers.  We put approximately 3 wheelbarrows of material in each tire, so there's a lot of work there too.  At Darfield they had a small skid steer machine helping with the loading.  We did it all by shovel and wheelbarrow.  3 full "U" classic design.  
 
Jill Anderson
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Thanks for the welcome and info. I know I have a lot to learn.
 
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