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As time went on without a care for us mere mortals, we mortals slowly stumbled upon this Earth and saw naught of what was in front of us.
The New Year brings new possibilities and new opportunities, be it opportunities we have missed or sorely need.
We set forth a task for ourselves in an attempt to better our future and our families.
Over the coming year, Kindred Network will hopefully see leaps and bounds in progress as we have finally made a decision that was up until now, holding us back.
You can count on one hand how many people are involved with Kindred Net, but there is a glint on the horizon of potentially more.
There is myself, my partner and my mother and soon to be at least 2 others.
With only a handful of people there is only so much that can be done at any given time and even less when there is no one actually on the property.
This is where the first change of the New Year occurs...
Read more: New Plan for the New Year
Near on 4 months now... 16 weeks... That's a long time not to post anything.
I apologize for that but there wasn't much to post about really; outside of the site clearing. Oops.
But we went back to the property for the first time since leaving in early May to check out the "damage".
When we arrived, we had noticed our temp accommodation tent was still standing but our annex had partially collapsed.
Nothing a couple hours of work didn't fix :) Inside the tent, everything was copacetic which was fantastic. We had imagined that some nasty little mammals had taken up residence and made the tent their own.Luckily for us however, there was no signs of ANY mammal intrusions of ANY kind! What a relief and a great surprise!
We had made some stabilized earth bricks before leaving in May so we were also anxious to check out how they went. They were made using pure site soil plus 10% by weight cement. Similar to our shower base which was site soil and 5% cement mix; which has held up and shown no signs of cracking or wear. Our bricks on the other hand... Edges had wear and were easy to break down with a little pressure. Then I did a drop test on one of the bricks.First drop, didn't break and gave a satisfying 'thud'. Second drop was aimed to land on the edge of a rock - this was the main test as @ 1 meter drop, the brick shouldn't break. Alas it did, right in half :( So we will have to revise the mixture for our bricks or look at different construction methods.
More after the jump;
Read more: It's been awhile...
Come May 1st, we will be heading back to the property to oversee the clearing of our build site by heavy machines.
NOTE TO SELF: Record the clearing.
Once the area is cleared, they will also repair our damaged dam wall with some of the site fill.
From there we can then sift out the rocks from the site soil and pour out our soil cement slabs and start work on Hive 3.We have chosen to start with Hive 3 now because it is the Hive that will house the Shower block, Toilet/Laundry block and a couple water tanks.We believe this is the most important Hive to have up and running for the long haul because these modern conveniences will make the rest of the construction much more bearable.
It may be a while before we get Hive 3 pergola built, so once the Hive 3 area is established, then Hive 1 can be established and the sheds erected for storage and sleeping quarters.
During this time we are also going to construct 7 adobe brick templates. This will allow us to cast 49 SEB (Stabilized Earth Blocks) at a time, 7 bricks per template. Their dimensions being 30cm L x 15cm W x 12cm H.These blocks will be used to construct the Shower block and the Toilet/Laundry block. Once money allows, we can then look at constructing a CEB press. That is... If we feel that we need to. These adobe blocks may suit our needs more efficiently... Who knows, but that's half the fun! :)
Once the 3 sheds are up in Hive 1, 1 will storage, 1 will be quarters and the last being a power shed. Which will house a small Solar setup that will give us enough power to run a chest freezer on and off over a 24 hour period.
That's the plan for now anyway... It may change but I doubt it.
I will try and update as much as possible from the property, but for now power is limited as all we have is a generator.
I apologize for the lack of updates as I have been otherwise occupied.
This will be a short update as there isn't much to elaborate on.
While on the property, we found that our clay soil is way to hard and rocky to dig by hand :(So our only options are as follows;
We are going with option 3 at this point. It will also help us solve a degrading issue with one of our dam walls.
So for our trip down to the property, we weren't able to setup any sheds at this point.
But we did learn a couple things... We have found that our soil mix is quite good for construction.To the point where in certain situations, you wouldn't need to add cement at all.As when it dries, it feels like rock.
We have made a 1m2 test slab in the base of our camp shower to test a 5% cement mix.The slab hardened to a usable state with 48hrs and showed no sign of cracking.I will update further on this when I get back to the property.
While on the property however, we did manage to build a suitable kitchen area and a rocket stove... Images for those in a further update.
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