Michael Bushman wrote:Not trying to be a smartass but how is this different/better/easier from a rammed earth wall since the adobe is not first dried before stacking, it goes into the wall wet? I like the fact that the mold is simple and the amount of earth moved is smaller increments.
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:How old is your structure? Does it stand the test of time?
Joseph Johnson wrote:Nice work Aaron. Just curious though, how long did it take you to put up the walls. just the block work?
Joseph Johnson wrote:We did 5 test bricks 12"x14"x3-1/2" just to see if our soil was good for adobes. We did this at 9pm and the mold was pulled after 20 minutes. at 11am the following day I stood them up on end and couldnt resist taking one and doing a 4 ft drop test. It cracked across the middle but didnt break in half. At noon the next day I broke it in half and found it to be almost dry almost to the middle. at noon the next day I dropped another and it suffered only minor chipping on the edge that hit first. Now these were not stabilized and and the only thing we added to the soil was straw and water. the next day I took one and dropped it from 4ft twice and kinda tossed it out in front of me several feet with no damage. it wasnt until my sister flew into the driveway and ran it over with the car that it got any damage. I know we wont get it that dry and solid so quickly going directly on the wall but I am wondering if 5-6 day between courses would be enough?