Posts made by signalfire
Emilie, there's a LOT of videos now on YT including several workshop videos. Costs for supplies are mentioned and you can extrapolate a lot. They show you how to do it yourself, without having to hire a crew, just 'friends'. I think once word got out, you'd have volunteers galore who wanted to learn how it's done. Review the videos, then go on line and price everything out. They are the cheapest of building supplies. If you're not familiar with the Big Island, be careful. The cheap land is near the volcano, whole developments have been covered with lava, and the coqui's (tiny, incredibly loud frogs) are everywhere in the rain forest. In some ways, it's uninhabitable which is why land is cheap. Then there's the 200 inches of rain every year...
Pre-Inca Stonework and Bag Forms
Hi there, I was just listening to your Workshop recording from May 2017 and at the 22 minute mark, using bags for forms for tensile strength was mentioned. The Youtuber 'Ancient Architects' thinks he has solved the mystery of the weird 'knobs' on the base of some stones in Pre-Inca stone work. He thinks they used bags (long since rotted away) to hold concrete and that is both why they have the weird knobs on them (an artifact of the material used to form the bag, and the seams involved) as well as the fact that the stones tend to bulge at the bottom compared to the top of each one, leading him to believe that the initial stone was actually a mix of some kind of concrete. We know the Romans made concrete, it's starting to look like it was around far sooner. In a separate video he states that he thinks the outside layer of the Egyptian pyramids were also made of formed concrete rather than carved stone. Here's the first video I'm talking about; looks like Domegaia may have reinvented the past master builder techniques!
RE: help with building a temple to explore sound
I hate to be the bearer of possible bad news, but wouldn't aircrete by its porous nature absorb sound? I would think this would deaden any tones inside, not enhance them like a metal, granite or quartz structure (such as the interior of the King's chamber in the Giza pyramid) would.
RE: H2O RETENTION: Swim Pools, Drinking
Aquarist here - cement is not considered safe for fish, the lime content is too alkaline for them. I don't think it would be recommended to hold water for human consumption, either. There are lots of options for that including water bladders and plastic bins and towers of all sizes and shapes. If you don't want to use a liner for a pond (containing fish life) you can use a clay base to hold water in fairly well. It will seal better over time as the fish add to the bottom layer with their excretions.