Down & Dirty Pig Bunker

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It’s 6′ x 4′.
Fast: (2 days to construct.)
Cheap: ($30 for OSB)
Portable: (easy to disassemble so we can move from paddock to paddock)

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Shed 2.0

It was a long time in the planning but we finally completed our shed addition.

The new addition is also 8’x12′ for a total size of 16’x12′. The new addition will now be a workshop ( with a level workspace ), and the original shed will be for storage.

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Fowl Update

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Just an update on the new chicks. They are growing fast, but still with momma for a while.

chk_bath

For some reason the Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds like to take their dirt bath next to the Horseradish and walking onions…

Papercrete Test Panel

So here is our test for a papercrete wall panel.

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We built a form 20″ x 20″ (dimensions were based on largest size of available materials for a form… i.e. being cheap and using stuff in the scrap pile)

Form material list:
(1) 20 ” x 20″ OSB board
(4) 2″ x 2″ for sides
cling wrap so papercrete doesn’t stick to OSB

Papercrete mix ratio 2:1 (Paper to Portland cement) The mix consistency was like wet oatmeal and we worked it into the mold by hand and troweled/hand-patted it to smooth it out.

Results are pretty encouraging. It’s been drying for three days and is about 1.5″ thick. The next test is a 4′ x 8′ panel. Stay tuned.

Papercrete Brick

Here’s a follow-up to our DIY Papercrete Brick Press.

Our mix (by volume) was 3:1
(3) shredded office paper (newspaper works well also) Soak your paper for at least one day.
(1) Portland cement
Add water as needed. Make your mix a little drier than oatmeal or experiment with it until you get the consistency you like.

Press form block (interior dimensions)
W: 5-1/2″
D: 5-1/2″
L: 12″

Papercrete block dimensions (after drying)
W: 5-3/8″ (loss of -1/8″)
D: 4-1/2″ (loss of -1″ due to compression)
L: 11-5/8″ (loss of -3/8″)

Final brick dry weight
4.8 lbs
2.2 kg

It was hard to say exactly how long it took to completely dry since we had it in the house (cold/wet weather during our test) but we figure it would take 3-4 days in warm/hot sunny weather, turning it twice a day.

It is very sturdy, light and hopefully a good building material.

Our next building test will be on latex concrete roofs and wall panels.

Stay tuned for that.