Monthly Archives: March 2013

Local Cob Homes in India

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I just returned from visiting a friend who has a 27 acre farm southwest of Kolhapur. Although his farm is mainly sugarcane, we were able to enjoy fresh cashew fruit, coconut, and jackfruit. I was excited to see that many … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 3

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Quite a bit of water is channeled to the backside of the spillway where there is a small path that comes down the hill. We are directing this water into the swale and decided to line this area of the … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 2

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We finished the main cut of the swale and began work on the level sill spillway. The contour map was way off and the entire swale is coming in at around 230 feet. Due to the rocky soil with low … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 1

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Today we began the first of many swales planned for the project in India. The swale is at the very top of the property and will catch runoff from the 5+ acres above it. With the 4 month monsoon season … Continue reading

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Finished Soil Samples

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We returned to the lab at the Rajarambapu Institute of Technology to mix our stabilized earth samples. We only had time for 11 different mixes, 3 of each, and chose 7 stabilized with lime, 1 with lime and gypsum, and … Continue reading

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Testing Lime Stabilized Soils for Domes

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Much has been happening here in India. One goal of ours is to build our Superadobe domes using lime as a stabilizer. In our research, it has been very difficult for us to find anyone with experience who has built … Continue reading

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