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Cob Re: A suggestion for superadobeMichael Blate michaelblate at webtv.net
Tue Sep 30 04:44:26 PDT 1997
Sorry to hear of your failure, Pat. When I was designing a sandbag "tent" -- before learning of superadobe -- I figured I'd nail together some forms that would lean inwards toward each other (eight in all) to form an octagon when leaned in to lie against each other. Thus supporting themselves by inward pressure, I planned on laying the sandbags against the outside of these forms to create an obviously octagonal structure. The way I had it figured, I could even nail the drywall on the "inside" of the form while the forms were lying on the ground. Then I would hoist the forms, wire them together, and the inward pressure of the sandbags would keep it all steady and stable. But I haven't yet tried it in the real world. The eight forms would have bases that were, say, ten feet at the bottom and eight feet long at the top, with studs that ranged from longer to shorter, depending upon how far toward the end or middle of the form they stood. It would leave a gaping octagon where the roof ought to be. But a smaller, similar octagonal series of forms could be made that tilted inwards much more sharply. These would be set as a secnd storey, and again, wired to each other and to the forms below. Then a sheet of plywood or such could be placed across the final opening, with plastic to protect it and "finished" with enough sandbags to make a tiny "roof." Does all that make sense? Michael Blate Heal Yourself and Your Loved Ones Using Only the Touch of Your Finger -- It Works! G-Jo Acupressure ... www.g-jo.com
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