Experts Say Do This ONE Thing Before Building Your Off Grid House


Experts Say Do This ONE Thing Before Building Your Off Grid House

You definitely want to hear this advice before building your own off grid debt free house.

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36 replies
  1. TK Mair
    TK Mair says:

    Thank you! Great video. In my area, the material is thick black clay and have a very narrow window of workability for moisture content. If it's too wet it's thick mud. If it's too dry it's hard as rock! I dream about using dirt to make a couple walls. You re inspired me to dream about it again. Peace!

  2. Building with Todd
    Building with Todd says:

    Was very excited to see the bees!

    Looking forward to seeing how the bench turns out, that's a great start and great learning experience.

    Those lumps are because of that dent lol Joking of coarse lol

    Thanks for sharing and as always keep building👍

  3. PollyAnne99
    PollyAnne99 says:

    Phew ! That's a lot to take on. But if anyone can do it…it's you two. I look forward to seeing the first house bag being filled !!! Hugs and smiles coming your way. Carole in UK

  4. John Wolf
    John Wolf says:

    Those bags look like the type that dont breathe . (Video) if they dont then your experiment is not going to turn out right. Plus chapter 2…or 3 I believe khaki was talking about going to 20% get a slight squishy bag.. seems like the bags dry harder and stronger by milder tamping for the water ions help the bonding process of the clay…what's your thoughts? I got the same purple book earth building by khaki.

    Something like that. I just put money down on ten acres.. in Tennessee. . Son still has to work and has a 4 kids.. hopefully jackson has some. Which means I get to do build by myself. 1 bag at a time….

  5. homesteadwitchery
    homesteadwitchery says:

    Lemme know if you want more feed bags. I don't know what I plan on doing with them but it feels so wasteful to just toss them. I know I'll find a use eventually but I plan on getting more chickens, which just means more feed bags…

  6. jim h
    jim h says:

    Looks like maybe
    The bees like the pretty green of the concrete mixer
    They maybe thinking
    Thats the craziest flower ive ever seen
    But lets go find the nectar
    It's got to have some

  7. Jim Martin
    Jim Martin says:

    Dig a area of ground out and lay down gravel. Lay wire cattle fencing down. Lay rock's down then lay another level of wire fencing. Mix up secure set foam pour into rock's cover with panel's forcing the foam to spread and fill all voids. Make interior wall's the same way. Run water and electric and air ducting. Repeat for outer wall's back fill space between wall's and ground with gravel. Lay wire fencing on top and lay Azdel panel's on top of candle wire fencing and fill with rock's lay wire fencing mix secure set foam pour into rock's cover with panel's to force foam to fill all voids. Remove panel's lay earthen floor or cover with tiles and grout. Repeat process to construct upper wall's and roof of house. If making a two story increase wall widths and add more wire fencing rock filled boxes to support the upper floor and roof. If you wanted to water proof the cellar ? You could mix secure set foam lay a few inches of secure set foam and form a box to line the cellar. Then contruct everything within the foam lining. Continue the foam above ground at least three feet and place wire fencing rock filled around the foam. Thick wall's made from rocks and foam covered in ceramic tiles or cobb or Adobe you could make a mound home and keep your temperatures at a set temp all year round with no air conditioning and heating would not expend very much energy from all the insulation.

  8. McCoy's Oak Hill Farm
    McCoy's Oak Hill Farm says:

    Good advice. I want to do some small stuff. I just have to figure out where and what for sure.

    Who needs a Gym, right? lol Now if I could appear magically and instantly I would come help and get in shape for spring here in MN and break up the monotony of the long cold winter. Oh, bees! I miss mine one day maybe again.


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