How to Build a Rammed Earth House

Everyone wants to save money. When deciding to build your own home, you could strongly consider a rammed earth house. This technology has been around for thousands of years. Some of the greatest lasting structures have been created using this technique, which is quite cost effective and environment friendly. Rammed earth homes have their outer walls made of condensed earth and clay. They are pounded or “rammed” down into a dense hard material. You can then stucco, paint it, or leave it natural.   Required Materials Low-grade brick-layering loam Rebar Cement Sand Water Rail ties Hand-pounder (mechanical vibrator if one of appropriate size can be found) Large saw Drill with bolt-removing bit Tape measure Pencil/paper Instructions You’ll first need to set up the site....

How to Build a Pitching Mound

If you want to work on your fast ball, or fine tune your curve, you need a regulation pitching mound! A pitching mound is more than a pile of dirt, there is an exact science to the placement of the soil. The mound is 10 and 1/2″ in height and 18 feet in diameter. After acquiring the proper materials, you can get to work building the mound and start pitching into the majors! Required Tools/Materials A rubber mat (24″ long and 6″ wide) Silt Clay Sand Rake Roller press Stakes String Tape measure Shovel Wheelbarrow Instructions We need to first get the soil ready to make the mound. We are going to layer material down one inch at a time. Use a measuring container and mix equal parts of sand and clay. We now need to cover an 18′ diameter with the mixture we just made. Use...

How to Build a Deck Box

It’s nice to have a place to store unsightly items that are strewn about your yard, into some place that’s out of the way and out of sight. A deck box is the way to go. With a simple construction and a weatherproof cover, the deck box is a great way to keep outdoor items safe from being weathered. Required Materials/Tools Pine boards Cart nuts and bolts Screws Concrete mix Saws Drill Measuring tape Adjustable wrench Gloves Hammer Chalk Knife Instructions First, you need to have a plan. Plan the scale of the box. How big is it? What is it going to hold? You can get your materials pre-cut to the designs you made, or cut them yourself. Next comes the platform. Dig out the foundation that is wider than the box itself. Fill it with cement and have it slant slightly more in the back...