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Parge Bermed Earthbag Root Cellar

 
                                
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Hi,

I'm hoping to build an earthbag root cellar and I am trying to figure out what the best way to parge the outside would be.  I am planning on having about 6' of it underground (with butresses).  I also am thinking a french drain at the bottom would be helpful.

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

Thanks!
 
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In general, I'd be tempted to either wrap the sub-grade part in an epdm liner, or extend the gravel bed for french drain right up the side of the buried portion of the wall to grade.  A lot depends on the particulars, though.  How's your soil?  Do you have enough slope that you can take a french drain from 6' below grade to daylight with relative ease?  Can you site the thing out of runoff flow?

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Not too sure on the soil yet.  I'm planning on going about 3' down below grade and then using fill to berm 3' above grade.  I don't have enough slope to drain to daylight.  I was thinking about draining to a gravel pit. 


I've tried to attach a pic to give an idea. 
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