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TEOMCROTE = TEOTWAWKI on steroids! The End Of Mankind's Current Reign Over The Earth takes into account that our ancestors were neither suicidal, stupid, nor our genetic inferiors but still wound up getting wiped off the Earth. Whereas CSER [cser.org: Centre for Study of Existential Risk] tries to PREVENT this dispensation from coming to an end, TEOMCROTE works from the eventuality/possibility/probability that the end our age takes place and what to do then

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,offset=0#post1531]Supertherm

](the real) hempcrete

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[sign in to see URL] this film shows how a pile of earth, dug out from the building site, is turned into a small house called Eco- Dome (moon cocoon model), using the Superadobe technology. It documents how professionals and students from many countries training at Cal-Earth Institute built this structure. It is intended for use with materials and tools developed for instruction during the apprenticeship retreat at Cal-Earth. Superadobe technology was first presented by the architect to NASA for lunar habitats, and can build single or clustered homes on earth which are resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.

]Earthen Floor Start To Finish

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These people build with hemp hurd which petrifies (over time) to become harder and (6 x) lighter than concrete. The video shows the lime/hurd mix.

]Hemp Can Save the World - new music video with upbeat message about the hemp agricultural revolution
Hemp is poised to revolutionize our nation and our world. It's decriminalization would be a boon to American farmers and a godsend to our economy. Hemp produces super-strong fibers, oils, seeds, medicines and much more. With it, American industry can create textiles, building materials, dietary supplements, food, eco-friendly lubricants and even car parts!
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Lye, also known as NaOH, sodium hydroxide, or caustic soda, is used in making soap, and also in biodiesel fuel production Caustic Potash, or Potassium Hydroxide, is also called Lye and can be easily made at home. It can also be used in the production of biodiesel although the recipe will have to be adjusted somewhat.

Start a rain barrel to catch soft water. This is a key step. Depending upon how much lye you want to leach, make sure that you have 2 or 3 gallons of soft water before you proceed.(water from dehumidifier works as well)

Find a local brewer's supply house and pick up a wooden barrel and a cork about 3" long. You can use a cask-sized or waist-high barrel.

Take the barrel home and drill a hole in it approx. 2" above the bottom. Make sure that the cork will fit snugly into the hole.

Find a place that the barrel will be undisturbed. Lye is caustic. Take the necessary precautions. Put some bricks down and place the barrel on top of them. The brick base must be stable. It raises the barrel up so that you can easily drain off the lye into a container when it is ready. Give yourself room to work.

Cover the bottom of the barrel with some palm-sized clean rocks (e.g. river rock). Cover the rocks with approximately 6" of straw (this can be hay or grass). This will filter the ashes and help your lye drain cleanly.

Gather branches and/or logs of oak, ash, or fruitwoods. Remember that the best lye is made from hardwoods. Avoid pine, fir, and other evergreens. Palm leaves work well if they are completely dried and brown.

Burn it outside in a pile, or better yet, use it in your fireplace or woodstove.

Scoop the ashes out and put them in the prepped barrel. (Make sure that the ash is completely cold, or you could set your barrel and anything around it on fire.) You can fill the barrel with ash, but it is not necessary; you can make smaller amounts with less ash.

Put a pan under the hole and remove the cork. Pour the soft water in until you see it start to drain into the pan, then put the cork back in tightly. The water level should be about 6" from the top. After a day, the first ash should settle and you can add more ash.

Let it sit for at least 3 days. You can add ash all week and drain it regularly on a specific day of the week.

Check to see if your lye is ready. For what purpose are you leaching this lye? Body soap or heavy cleaning? Lye concentration gets stronger with each leaching. For average soap making, you can use these measures: Drop a fist-sized potato or a raw egg into the barrel. If it floats enough for a quarter-size piece to rise above the water, it is ready. If it doesn't, you need to add more ashes or drain all the water and re-leach it (pour it back into the cask and let it set one more cycle).

Make sure that you have a wooden crock or glass container to catch your lye when it's ready. Put it under the tap, gently pull the cork, and fill your containers. Leave enough head room so that they will be safe and easy to pour. Make sure that you have tight, fitting lids.

Store your lye in a cool dark place until use. (The sooner the better.)

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the reason they used to make utensils and containers of copper is that it's naturally disinfective. If you use a copper door handle, for instance, you don't have to wipe it to disinfect it. Milk containers were also often of copper, to keep the milk good longer.
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2 parts clay earth, 1 part sand; add water to mix, then add straw.
Base of rocks, throw in (sticky) cob balls. Press holes into the cob with your thumbs, in which the next layer will anchor.
Don't slap the cob; push and mold.
( earth-built passive solar house: cob (south), strawbale (north).)

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]10 Things You Need To Know BEFORE You Buy A Shipping Container
1: To save some money rent a truck with a tilting bed or a long tilting trailer and go pick it up your self.
2: avoid any place that sells prefab containers with roll up doors or made to be contractor trailers used on work sites
3: Look for containers on Craigslist or even eBay
4: check out some used containers
5: Look for those made from “Cor-Ten Steel”
6: you can ensure you are getting a good product by hiring an IICL inspector
7: Negotiate with ALL SELLERS!
8: container houses offer tremendous sustainability and strength and the insurance companies know it
9: 40′ containers offer the best value and are by far the easiest to find.
10: Consider building the interior and alternate roof off site

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