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I built a Cinva-Ram CEB press, and I made it easier for you to build one too!

 
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I'm a retired shop teacher in Colorado and very interested in this build.  Has anyone tried using h^mpcrete to make bricks?
 
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John C Daley wrote: I designed and have built in Australia  the Dalrac Mud Brick press. It makes wider brick, at 8 inch or 10 inches wide. today I tend to sell only 10 inch machines.
I have a few differences in the design, but otherwise they are similar...


Hi John, thanks for your post. I'm an Aussie living in Atlanta GA, searching for a CEB machine for my own use. Georgia has a lot of beautiful red clays I think might make good CEBs.
It's looking like I'll have to get one made as the only people doing this are out west (Texas, New Mexico, California etc)
Can you sell me the Dalrac plans or tell me where to get them? Before I go ahead I want to compare to the CINVA and CITA rams.
TIA
If anyone else knows where I can get something to hire or buy near Atlanta please chime in.
 
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Hey Guys,

So it seems this thread gets revived every little while because it is so useful to someone starting out in their CEB learning. Thank you guys for your contributions and constant help!

Mike, "dirt cheap builders" no longer cells the informational CD, but I am looking for a copy. If you happen to have yours I would purchase it from you, or if it could be posted on "google drive" and a share link sent or posted? The list of books it contains seems to be very useful. I would like more information about understanding the soil we have and the lime grade/content for stabilization of the bricks.

I have been doing research on constructing the slightly more complicated "QRM2-40" CIMVA Press (specifically Model 3, with the interlocking bricks) No real "plans" seem to exist and the $1,200-1,400 price tag from China seems a touch excessive. I really appreciate you giving away your work to make a press in SAE. When I finish the design of the fancy 2 brick slide feeding version I will be sure to post it- be patient though, we are not building for a couple more years.

Thanks again everyone for the communal support!
 
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Steven, I missed your post asking about the press.
I dont sell plans because I use alloy steel and harden particular surfaces, if mild steel was used instead it would break.
I am confident you could buy something.
A one off would be difficult.
Making bricks anyway is hard work.
A press allows a lower moisture content soil mix to be used. This can help in dry climates or where water is limited.
I have found interlocking bricks are not any better. With string lines rectangular bricks are easy to lay, mortar may be inconsistent and I think interlocking bricks may not like that.
If you have any trouble Steve, get back to me, maybe with a privte message so I see it sooner.
Search for compressed, earth, or pressed earth bricks that may help.
The cost of $1400 is what you can expect.
 
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I have read the whole site and can give some different answers.
put a page from a phone book in the bottom before each brick if they are gripping to the plate. That happens because of the type of clay you are using.
that normally cannot be changed, so the paper allows you to twist the brick prior to lifting it off the plate.
Bricks fall apart for the following reasons;
- too dry
- not enough soild to start with
- not enough clay

using kitty litter etc defeats the aim of the project.
ADDITIVES
A small amount of cement will make up for mistakes
Lime can be used as well
Its possible to lift the brick from the press aND LAY Directly on the wall via a mortar bath. But only go about 3 layers high.
 
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Can the CINVA Manual CEB Ram be made of wood?
 
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o, the forces are too great for timber.
 
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