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Re: GSBN:Rammed Earth Tire Foundations for SB Homes

Welcome Sarah

I have used rammed tyres on several SB projects, but we usually use
roadstone (small stones sized 50m and down to dust) due to this having been
tested and approved for our UK building regs, it's a cheap foundation
although it is quite labour intensive but you can pack them with hammers
until they are almost like concrete blocks.

And welcome too to Michael Bergeron and thanks for the recipe for
fireproofing with the borax mixture.

bale on
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/";>http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/</a>
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sarah R. Johnston" sarahjohnston@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 8:18 PM
Subject: GSBN:Rammed Earth Tire Foundations for SB Homes

Hello All,

Greetings from New Zealand!
I hope everyone gets this as it is my first time writing on this list serve!
By the way, it's great to be a part of this group!!!!!!!!!!

I've had two inquiries within the last week regarding rammed earth tire
foundations for straw bale homes.  Have any of you had experience with this
type of foundation system?
If my memory serves me correctly, Amazon Nails has done a few...but any
resources, drawings, suggestions, input, etc. would be super!
New Zealand does have seismic activity and they may not be appropriate for
this region, but with two different folks asking about them, I figured I
needed to try to find out more info...

Many thanks!


Sarah Johnston, Designer
SOL Design
New Zealand