Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 16th, 2009 - Boy am i tire'd! ;)

Boy, are we tire'd! CAR tire'd, that is! Yuk, yuk, yuk! Ya know - people ask me: Greg, what in the hell are you going to do with all of those tires?!

A bloody mess of tires!

I've intended all along to use them as the foundation for this dome garden. And here we are finally, manifesting the dream. The big, scary, neurotic dream! Here is the back end of where the dome will sit. The trench was cut out to be level with the lowest end of the slope. I was able to borrow Dad's surveying scope so that I could make the trench level. Pictured below is the first layer of tires that will form the foundation wall.

Live-action-Jason, wailing away on a tire. The idea here is to pack the dirt into the side walls of the tire, then into the center. Soon the tire is packed completely with dirt. Then another layer is set upon the initial line of tires, but offset by 180 degrees in a staggered orientation and those tires are pounded full of dirt. At the end we will have a 2 foot thick wall of rammed earth. The greenhouse will benefit by having a little geothermal gain because we are building into the hillside. It will look cool when we are done applying stucco to the exterior of the tires.

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