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Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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SUPER ADOBE

To an ant a toothpick is unbreakable. To a human a tree is unbreakable. To an earthquake, a tree is a toothpick. It’s simply a mater of scale. There is no human made structure strong enough to withstand the forces of an earthquake unless it’s designed to move with the earth itself. In our attempts to rebuild a post earthquake Nepal we must not let slip the primary lesson learned: rigidity is not strength, in an earthquake flexibility is.M. A. Cocchini, Founder of Hope & Homes

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The next few courses will also be double bagged gravel courses, making a total of 3-5 gravel courses high (each about 6” tall), sometimes called a “stem wall”.

The gravel stem wall serves 2 functions:

A. Water Wicking – If a bag full of earth was touching the ground, water would absorb into that earth and wick up the wall (this is called capillary action). The earth would expand as a result and why it dries it would again shrink. This expanding and shrinking over time will weaken the wall and loosen and crack the rendering layers (which are discussed at a later step in the process). So the first function of the gravel stem wall is to stop water from reaching the bags filled with earth so water doesn’t absorb into the wall.

B. Shock Absorber – The second function of a gravel stem wall is to absorb the shock of an earthquake. The further up the wall you go, the more the wall moves side to side in an earthquake (a concept called “leverage”). Think of holding a drinking straw in your fingers. If you flick it back and forth, the lower part near your fingers barely moves, but the other end of the straw moves a lot. That’s the same thing that happens to a wall in an earthquake. Now imagine you have one of those bendy straws with the flexible necks. Now when you flick the straw back and forth it bends in the center a little but, which makes the other end of the straw move less. That is the same thing effect that gravel bags have on an Super Adobe wall in an earthquake.

The filled bags will be about 15” wide, so there should be an extra 4.5” on each side of the trench around ground level. Don’t worry about this yet. Later on this gap will be filled with rubble or gravel and covered in a thin layer of mud that crowns up to the wall so water rolls away from the base of the structure.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

Measure the bags based on the length of the wall and double it. Then add 3 feet (1.5 feet on each end). Push the bag back through itself to make a double layered bag out of a single tube. Tie, sew, fold or wire the the bag on one end and flip the entire bag inside out (or use a Hopper) so the knot or seam is on the inside. Fill with a few buckets of gravel to get it started. Then put in place and fill and you extend the course down the length of the wall. Tie, sew, fold or wire the bag closed and tamp the course.

SUB-STEPS

  • 360 Virtual Reality

    For most steps you will find 360 VR panoramas of Super Adobe structures in that state of development. These as extremely high resolution (14000 x 7000 pixels) HDR panoramas. Feel free to zoom in and out and all around.

  • 3D CAD Models

    Our 3D CAD models are Open Source and were built with love in SketchUp rather than AutoCAD, so that you can download them for free. By all means, play around, if you break it too bad just come download a fresh copy from our sight. Add on and improve the models and send them back to us. It’s it’s good will even update our site with the improved models. The artwork in the models were created using layers so you can turn on and off any parts of the models you want.

  • Straight Forward Text Content

    Each section has basic text explanations with advanced text drop-downs for additional information. Believe it or not, this was one of the hardest parts of building this tutorial. There’s so much information out there and it’s beginner, intermediate and advanced are often all lumped in together. We’ve done our best to sort that out.

  • Images Galleries

    Pictures from around the world of Super Adobe builds in that stage of construction. Feel free to share your builds with us via email and we will be happy to add them to the tutorial.

  • Video Tutorial

    Video tutorials explaining the technicalities and overview of each step.

  • Tools & Materials

    A list of reusable tools and consumed materials that’ll you’ll need for each step.

CHECK LIST

REUSABLE TOOLS


  • SHOVELS
  • SLIDERS
  • TAMPERS
  • PICKS
  • BUCKETS
  • BUBBLE LEVEL
  • WIRE CUTTERS
  • GLOVES
  • MEASURING TAPE
  • SEWING MACHINE
  • SCISSORS
  • METAL PIPE

CONSUMED MATERIALS


  • GRAVEL/RUBBLE
  • PVC PIPE
  • POLY PRO BAGS/TUBES
  • BARBED WIRE
  • GALVANIZED WIRE
  • PLUMBING
  • NEEDLE & THREAD
  • STRING

GALLERY

YOU BUY. WE BUILD.

HOPE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

EMPOWERMENT TO REBUILD

Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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