Seven days in to 2019 and the Crowdfund project. So far, some anonymously awesome person has pitched $100.00!!! YAY! That's like 1/3 of a wood chipper (or maybe half if the guy on Craigslist is feeling friendly!!)
Spent too many nights, thinkin' how it feels so wrong,
working by the hour, for far too long.....
1.5 decades of research, designs, failures, and minor successes - I'd very much like to show what I can do, what I've learned, and exactly what's possible...
At the moment, the Solar-Powered Wet-Desiccant Atmospheric Water Generator (S.P.W.D.A.W.G. - Sup Dawg!!) is nearing completion - I intend to give that away.
Here's the promised secret: Earthbags and Tires are used as Flexible Form Rammed Earth (FFRE) and that is based on the concept of "geo-textile engineering" - check out Practical Engineering on YouTube for more info on that.
I thought about it - the biggest drawback is the labor and time yes? Well, cutting off one side-wall of a tire makes it both easier to fill, and compact-able with a stomper or tamper.
The best secret is this: Earthbags are woven Polypropylene. That material is available as a "geotextile" or a "silt-fence". If it is lain out in a sliding form (a wood or steel box with only three sides) then you can fill with dirt, squish, fold the ends over, squish, and staple with the barbed wire and 10" landscape staples. It moves along, leaving a course of rammed earth behind it, that you can then cover with a grid or chicken-wire and plaster.
That dramatically reduces the labor and the time in rammed-earth building. No tubes to scrunch, no bags to prop-up-while-filling.
A big part of my Indiegogo is to actually build that - and show it all: Crowdfund Thing
In another life I was a Naval Engineer, and more recently a Tool-maker's Apprentice....
Anywho - please consider helping... have you got a rusty old cement mixer? Could you like or share the video? Mention me in your prayers.... anything helps... risk is precarious, and passion is hard to hold.
Thanks for reading.
Just. Build. The. Damn. Thing!
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