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How Long Earthbags Need to Cure: Avoiding frost.  RSS feed

 
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Location: Montana, USA
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Hi everyone,

So I'm caught in a bind... I've got a rubble foundation near ready for an earthbag shed in eastern Montana, but it's almost mid August. Here, most years we get at least a few nights in October that are a few degrees below freezing. Right now days are anywhere from highs 93-103 and lows in the high 50s low 60s. October will have days with highs between 45-75, and the one or two light frosts at night. November is just plain downhill into miserably painful icy doom.

Anyways, the shed will be absolutely all I do sunup to sundown, but I'm mostly doing it alone. Thoughts about me moving forward? We are a hot and desert-dry climate right now. September is usually less hot, but still warm. How long approximately will a standard earthbag between 10-20  percent clay take to dry in the wall? Was planning to use a wetter mix, as the clay here squeases concrete hard when heavily wetted,  but will I have time? If I do, when should I set my deadline approximately? Like I said, nothing I've found says how quick the bags cure in a similar environment. Please help!
 
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