I live in New Mexico, I would love to talk to someone from here, I live in eastern NM. I would like to go see some builds. I would also like to know what and how people are pounding tires, is there some apparatus that can do it that can save the back. Can adobe be poored, show me your shortcuts. Thanks fellas
We love earthships, but we are retirees and were not having any of that pounding... life's too short! We're building a tire bale home with a NM permit in NW New Mexico (Prewitt -- north of I-40 between Grants and Gallup).
Our walls went up in 4 days plus a couple hours. They cost us less than $2500 including materials, labor, and hauling fees (this only includes installing the tire bales themselves... not foundation, engineering, etc). The biggest chunk of the cost was renting a forklift.
If interested, you could check out our blog posts. The first link below is the site prep and foundation; the second is the tire bale installation, which we just finished on Tuesday. If you want more info I've been deep into this for the last couple years (permitting requirements for building and for recycling tires, engineering plans, etc.) and would be happy to share.
Also re: pouring adobe, have you looked into compressed earth block (CEB)? It uses pressure to make sort of instant earthen blocks that lock together. You need a machine though (some are manual and some are powered, you might be able to rent one, or buy one used and then sell it when you're done). Earthbags (or superadobe or hyperadobe) are another less-labor-intensive (than earthship pounding) method. All those are far more labor intensive than tire bales, though!
Good luck with your build, girlie! (yeah, I know, but I'm not a fella either! haha)
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