Handbook for Building Homes of Earth by Corps P.

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It is shipped as a very thick liquid and it must be mixed with warm water before it can be added to soils. The manufacturer will give you instructions on how to use it. Although it is expensive, it is a good waterproofer for silts and clays once the treated soil has been allowed to air-dry. It would be very good for use in the first few layers of earth blocks closest to the ground if these blocks didn't pass the requirements of the absorption test. 11. Wood ashes - In some countries, wood ashes have made very successful soil stabilizers.

It works out best with soils suitable for adobe blocks. 6. Straw - A material that has often been used in adobe blocks is straw. In the same manner, materials such as tree bark, wood shavings, hemp and other tough fibers have been used. The only on of these that has appeared to be of much use is straw - although some people have had fair success with wood shavings. Straw doesn't react with the soil in any manner. If anything, it will make the dry block a little weaker and it will let it absorb water a little easier.

It is usually a good idea to leave a small channel or groove in the center of the footing as shown in Figure 28 to provide additional bond between the footing and the foundation wall if the footing is made of concrete. If at all possible in earthquake areas, short lengths of steel reinforcing rod should be placed in the footing so they will project into the foundation wall and tie it securely to the footing. This usually requires careful spacing of these rods. Sometimes the amount of concrete for the foundation can be greatly decreased by placing large stones in the trench and pouring the concrete around them to form the footing.

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