Thursday, February 09, 2006


I'm not here to hustle any products or anything, but I was quite taken by these two websites:

Quiet Solution and Homasote.

Both talk of their soundproofing capabilities--apparently one layer of the Quiet Solution stuff soundproofs as well as eight sheets of sheet rock. (Oh the studio owners I have known thinking they were whipping it out with three layers of sheet rock.)

Homasote is a 'green' product that has some distinct advantages over plywood.

anyhow, back to rammed earth...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Silver Screen Gets Dirty

Cinema is the medium of 'today.' Music? So 19th century--that's what you download off the internet for free. Painting? You mean like the sides of houses? Poetry? Architecture? Ho ho ho, how rich!

No, our time belongs to film (or video) what with its unique ability to spread meme and its capital intensive way of doing things. Not cheap those HD cameras.

Our bibliography includes some films. Here they are:

"Hands to Houses," International Cooperation Administration, English, Approx. 15 minutes.

"Help Yourself to a House," International Cooperation Administration, No. 8.198, English, Approx. 25 minutes.

"Housing Adventure in Chile," International Cooperation Administration, No. 12.64, English, 28 minutes

"It Can Be Done," International Cooperation Administration, No. 8.185, English, 28 minutes.

"Rumah Gatong Rojong," International Cooperation Administration, No. 8016.16, Indonesian (English summaries), Approx. 60 minutes.

"Showing the Way," International Cooperation Administration, No. 8.194, English, 12 minutes.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Eternal Present

Oh the 'eternal present.' Indeed, a long talk for another time. In short, a sense of 'eternal present'--that our rammed earthen turds are the first to hit your consumer carpet, and as such, deserve undivided attention and unending praise (or applause)--suits the low-life hustler well.

If you didn't know that for several hundred years rammed earth houses were built with no cement and with so called "agricultural formwork", you'd have no trouble believing that rammed earth can only be made with a proprietary forming system (tm) and 10% cement--the same way many of us still believe they count those silly votes we so proudly cast, and that war is the way to lasting peace and global stability.

With that, we again find ourselves at the feet of the Millers as well as a few others in this installment of the secondary bibliography

Miller, T. A. H. Report on Conditions of Rammed Earth Buildings Built 1820-1854, Sumpter, South Carolina. U. S. Department of Agriculture. Bureau of Agricultural Engineering, Washington 25, D. C., 1926.

Du Moulin, Rockwell King, Rammed Earth Construction. Washington, N. J.: Consumers Research, Inc., 1939.

"Out of the Good Earth Will Come Our Dream House--Rammed Earth Houses," American Home, Vol. 30. p. 24, September, 1943.

"Pneumatic Tamping in Rammed Earth Wall," Agricultural Engineering, August, 1929.

"Prospective Coverings for Rammed Earth Walls," Agricultural Engineering, March, 1933.

"Puddled Earth and Rammed Earth Walls." Agricultural Engineering, August 1939.

"Rammed Earth Offers Solution for Housing," Engineering News-Record, Vol. 129, p. 4, October 29, 1942.

"Rammed Soil for Buildings," Science News-Letter, p. 86, August 6, 1949.

Robinson, S., "Houses Dirt Cheap--Rammed Earth Building," Rotarian, Vol. 55. P. 24, August 1939.

Vivian, C. H., "Houses Build of Rammed Earth," Compressed Air Magazine, Vol. 32 p. 1945, March, 1927.

"Why Not Rammed Earth?" Rotarian, August, 1946.

And with that, we end the "secondary bibliography." But fear not--in the unlikely event you haven't gotten around to getting your copy of the Bibliography on Earth Construction from the Housing and Urban Development Library (you are interested in rammed earth building, are you not?) I will be posting those entries that are germane to our pursuit.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Plan Book!

Plan books. Are they vulgar (against your personal values) or are they a way to spread the dirty gospel and drum up some real live blue chip investors? I guess it depends on how your fiscal year ended.

Good people, while you wait for your local 'home-run' hitting rammed earth professional to cobble together enough hoofs and beeks to fill his latest bit of capitalist casing, have a gander at this.

You see, everything you could ever want is available. You might have to search a little for it, but it's there. And think of all the money you'll save finding it for yourself (at least $75 an hour depending upon the conditions specific to your personal flim flam.)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hold Up A Second!

I just found this.

Am I the only one who hasn't read the articles on rammed earth in Fine Homebuilding published in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1990?

Am I the only one who hasn't read the Popular Science articles on rammed earth from 1981, 1982 and 1988?

And that's just the start. How about that--articles from the second half of the 20th century!


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