How to Build with Tires

Homesteading - Building with Tires Part
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I have been interested in sustainable building for decades.  I remember sitting in the birthing area of the USS Saipan in the mid 1990’s reading about Earthships and missile silo homes.

For some reason I am very taken by the concept of rammed earth tires as a building material.  However, the idea of pounding 3 or 4 four wheelbarrows of dirt into a tire over the course of 45 minutes multiplied by the 1000-15000 tires per house keeps the idea in the back of mind instead in front of me under a swinging sledgehammer.

Tire Building Does Not Have to Be Earthships

However, the technology has evolved and I recently found two sites that gave me some ideas that bring the concept back into focus.  The first is a place called Blue Rock Station.  They sell a self-published little booklet about how to use tires as a foundation for other building designs.  This allows you to build with tires without solely building with tires.  Their concept allows the use of less cement, and is perfect for incorporating into cob, cordwood, or straw bale construction.

The second is a place called Touch The Earth Ranch who have found and published a college paper on the use of tire construction where one sidewall was removed.  This allows a tire to be filled in 10 minutes instead of 40-45.  While the tests show it is less strong, it is still plenty strong enough for most purposes.

My plan at the land is to incorporate both ideas to all building with tires that is faster and more flexible than typical earthships.  Basically I want to build several small sheds with waist high tire walls.  With framing made of earthbag, cordwood, strawbale, and any other methods I want to try.

I figure there public place someone can go to experience the multiple types of alternative construction.  So I should be the first.

The plan is to turn each building into a specific workshop; electrical, metalworking, woodworking, storage, and firearms related.  Then connect them all with one roof so we have several dog-trots to allow for open air classrooms and working space.

I have no experience building with tires, but that’s not going to stop me as I experiment and learn.


PRN Episode #40 Introduction to Prepper Kits

PRN Episode #40 Introduction to Prepper Kits
52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Prepper
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In my plan, Bugging Out is not my first choice.  It makes great survival fiction.  However, I would much rather stay with the majority of my preps and keep my survival systems in place.  That is better than trying to live an unknown amount of time with only the supplies I can carry or scrounge.

However, what I WANT to do, may not be one of the choices on the “Can You Survive” multiple choice test. Therefore, I feel it is important to be able to bug out if needed.

A quick internet search will show you how popular this concept is.  It seems that every internet prepper has coined their own term for the gear associated with being “on the road”.

Prepper alphabet kits such as: BOBs, GOODs, INCHs, IFAKs, EDC, and line gear.  It is enough to make your head spin.

In today’s episode, we cover the common acronyms.  How they are and are not alike – and once the terms are explained, I share with you several EDC tips I picked up over the years.

If you like this podcast – the subject will also be covered in my newest books 52 Prepper Projects – which is available on Amazon.

The show is scheduled for Monday at 10pm central time at this link.

If you cannot listen on Monday, you can always download the podcast for listening at your own leisure.

Preparedness Radio Network – Episode #1 Introduction

Preparedness Radio Network - Episode #1 Introduction
Preparedness Radio Network - Episode #1 Introduction
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In our opening show we will discuss our goals for the Preparedness Radio Network show, the mindset behind what we are doing, and the background of the host.

We also discuss how David gets his ideas, and he will discuss the newest idea shared with him, which was an easy way to prevent mold growing in the milk bottles his young son likes to hide…

You can download the show to listen later at this link.

l am quite happy to be a host for preparedness radio network.  I hope the show lasts for a while.  I enjoy helping others and I think that podcasting is another way to do that.

One thing I worry about is coming up with enough ideas to keep a weekly podcast and a weekly youtube video without messing up the quality of either.

Luckily there is a lot of information to explore and share.  My goal is that we actually converse and people call in and talk.  I find a two way discussion is much more fun that a lecture.  Besides when people talk they learn more than when a single person just rambles on.