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    Default Cob Domes

    DW was watching her weekend HGTV, DIY and the other "build stuff in a hour" programs ....and I caught a program of building a dome covered in "cob"....clay mud, sand and straw.....
    This was the end product...

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    Was outlined on this site....
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    Trying to find the link to the next airing of "Building off the Grid: Mudmen
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    Built in an hour?! (just yanking yer chain!)

    Kinda cool, but kinda reminds me of something from fiction like "Lord of the Rings" or similar. Maybe suitable for something unique as far as "tiny houses" go. What was the inside like?
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    Hunter, if you two, side by side, might prompt me for a visit....
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    Quote Originally Posted by natertot View Post
    Built in an hour?! (just yanking yer chain!)

    Kinda cool, but kinda reminds me of something from fiction like "Lord of the Rings" or similar. Maybe suitable for something unique as far as "tiny houses" go. What was the inside like?
    Yeah you know...wives watch the "All we have to do is......" meaning me and complete a complete rebuild of a 1900's house in an hour...LOL
    WTH...Take me over an hour to have my coffee and get past...."fixin' on it".

    House is 200 sg ft....
    Has a sleeping loft......
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    Hand made from door.....
    (notice pizza boxes rugs by door....some things never change...even in the wilderness.)

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    I always liked cob. As a material...how it can be worked, how you can make it, and how surprising it is what you can do with it. There are multiple-story buildings all across the world, built with non-cementized cob (and even no other structural members), in humid rainy areas that have been continuously lived in for a century and even longer - haven't washed away or crumbled.
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    Somewhere in Florida south of Tampa I saw a lump of cob that was the remnant of one of the oldest cob structures in N. America, or Florida or something like that. Point is, it was old and still there where it had been made centuries ago. Fairly close to water as well so it has survived a few hurricanes in its time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    DW was watching her weekend HGTV, DIY and the other "build stuff in a hour" programs .....
    Bad news... run away, run far away. We got rid of cable, but then the DW goes over to her mom's house, and watches the dang things with her sisters and mom. Then they all sit together and "plan". Nothing good ever comes of it.

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    Was outlined on this site....
    http://www.theshelterblog.com/tag/living-roof/

    Trying to find the link to the next airing of "Building off the Grid: Mudmen
    Listings....
    http://www.diynetwork.com/shows/buil...ssive-mud-home

    Alternate building has always has been a interest of mine.....takes me back to the to the 60' and 70's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finallyME View Post
    Bad news... run away, run far away. We got rid of cable, but then the DW goes over to her mom's house, and watches the dang things with her sisters and mom. Then they all sit together and "plan". Nothing good ever comes of it. ..................
    Ain't that the truth.......LOL....Had a few "episodes" around here myself.
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