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    Floor area is 3.8 square meter. The height is around 2.3 m to 2.4 m. It took me two days to assemble the dome.



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    Design flaw I was aware during strut manufacturing.



    Finishing first layer of primer paint



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    Hexagon has six equal sides. Each vertex angle forms 120 degrees.


    Hexagon door frame
    The length of side is 59 cm.



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    The layout of door and three windows.


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    I admire your tenacity pursuing this project. I also like the contributions of others during the time this thread has been up.

    I was brought on to a large single family 28ft. tall dome home after the initial contractor bailed on it. As a carpenter, roofer, contractor I loved the challenge as it only had the foundation, basement, and stick framework up. It was a Monterey Dome Home. If you build, as in this case in Calif., the plans have already met the stringent building codes for earthquake strength (7 x's stronger than code requires), stability, and energy efficiency (depending on how much attention is paid to securing the envelope).

    It was challenging to shoot in (nail w. 8's) the pre-cut triangular and rectangular plywood panels that are the structural/sheer strength connecting the 2x4's, which are connected by 2" wide, welded metal hubs (with either 5 or 6 extensions, and a hole in each 1" from the end) that are placed into slits cut into the end of each 2x4 piece…which then have a bolt, washer and lock nut tightened thru each end. This is a very strong connection to each 2x4 and this all makes for a series of pentagons and hexagons that are the design of the structure, which is fastened on top of a 4 ft. stub wall anchored to the flooring. As I have climbed for most of my life and worked on many roofing structures it was an easy fix to slip on a harness, bolt a 1/2" circular lag bolt thru the apex of the roof structure and use the climbing gear to do all of the high carpentry and roofing work, which after the plywood sheathing was secured, included applying 30' felt and the longest lasting architectural asphalt shingles the owner could buy. It was fun to work on.

    I'm writing to share with you an interest in the power of the shape of the dome and it's influence on health. I have been in caves, adobe domes, and domed structures as a student and teacher in their construction, but singing in them and meditating in them is the Real Reward. As a builder/designer of sacred spaces I can appreciate the attention to detail and the strong drive you have to do it right. You are doing that now. The next step is your experience that should be interesting to listen to………………………………………...
    I would recommend that you get to this experience as soon as you can.

    The first time I was in an adobe dome I immediately had the recollection of the sweat I experienced with the spiritual leader of AIM, Ernie Peters. I was on a quest to get a brother free, and the next day,after 6 months of fruitless petitioning to the court, (and a very painful experience during the sweat) I was granted conservatorship. Though this lodge, shaped like a wide, flattened dome top, was just very long branches covered with layers of blankets, the effect was very similar to an earthen structure….very powerful. The words spoken there, though few by me, were intensified by the moist heat from the lava rocks in the center, the darkness and the effect they had on us all. If we had done this anywhere but on the ground, with the anchors of the branches tapping into the many energetics of the living earth below, nothing of any significance would have happened. Consider this connection when you experiment with anchoring, or not anchoring, your structure to the ground.

    There is a complex of adobe domes that make up the living quarters, prayer spaces and library of a Muslim settlement near here. When I went in I couldn't help but notice the resonance of our talking to each other, so I began to do a variety of chants. I enjoyed the feedback I got from the makeup, the form and feel of the space I was in. In the library, which consisted of many domes starting at about 10 feet high, you can turn your back to someone, 20 ft. away, whisper and still hear them talk as if they are standing next to you! This was the same thing we could do in the large Monterey when one of us was upstairs and the other was downstairs in separate rooms.

    There is no comparison to a rectangular, square, or even tetragonal space where there is not such a natural convergence and immediate beauty of the sounds we make in a rounded structure. Not even the power of song bouncing off of the most intricate, cathedral marble and granite walls can compare to the interaction of the music we make in naturally shaped earthen structures. Even the echo has many layers.

    When you consider how you or anything you place in the dome lives in there, remember that it was common amongst many practices to place someone or something that needed healing and balance in the middle of the dome to receive healing during chants, prayers, etc. The caves of Mustang (MoosTaang) and the many rooms at Golbi Tepki remind us that such spaces, as well as the power of the amazing, hours long, non-stop chants/songs sung by the Eskimos in the rounded and grounded structures of their Igloos, should inspire you to do experiment in your own way in your own domed space.

    I am glad that I have a degree also in earthen building, just for the fact of the marriage of skill and craftsmanship finally blending with the final product that is something more than just a building. In fact we can add to the power of an adobe structure, a rock structure by adding an interior, as well as an exterior finish that has fine quartz embedded into the plaster. The crystalline structure of earthen plasters can hold sound for many years, even centuries……if only you listen.
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    @Hey it's me

    Thanks a lot for personal story about dome structures.
    People should start thinking house as a living entity, a place of dreaming and healing, gateway to access the higher consciousness.

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    Full size of earthbag pounder




    83 cm bubble level

    I applied a layer of fiber glass on the wooden body to make it strong.

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    Schweeeet dome man, are you planning make a covering for it or is just all experimental?

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    I'll make a complete house first before I gonna start building a bigger dome building.
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    The foundation
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    Quote Posted by Hughe (here)
    The foundation

    Are you putting in a roll of barbed wire for rebar before you start pouring the concrete/cement?

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    I plan to put one layer of small rocks and pebbles, and one layer of plaster for solid floor.

    This incident which happened early of last month made me seriously think about problem of the soil floor.
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    I've been busy to upgrade and build new equipment for making a real workshop.
    Soon I'll have the following equipment:
    Kossel Mini 3D Printer (WIP)
    Wood lathe (have)
    Milling (WIP)
    Metal lathe

    Kossel Mini 3D Printer

    It prints 3D objects within 0.03 mm accuracy.

    The base assembly that has three NEMA 17 stepper motors




    Precision 3D modeling in Blender
    It took me fifty hours to finish the ball bearing model by following the instruction in 0.001 mm accuracy.


    Wood Lathe





    Few samples I made
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    Upgrade drill press

    Foot switch installation





    Replacement of two spindle bearings


    Checking runout of the spindle after the bearing replacement


    Reinforce the hollow column

    Blocked the bottom end of column using a circular steel plate



    Filled hollow space in dirt


    I bought all the parts to build the milling attachment.
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    Upgrade workbench

    Anchored it on concrete floor


    Rust removal


    Flat wooden top
    It's almost finished.


    Outdoor worklight



    I could work any time I want.


    Typical work clothes:
    Safety glasses
    Earmuff
    Beanie, light winter jacket, T-short, two long sleeves, underwear pants, pants, two pairs of sock, Kevlar toe work boots.



    Cold weather sucks. Well I have to deal with for the three months.

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    From next week I'll be able to start laying earthbags.
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    Solar air heater



    It uses a 12V, 0.08A fan to blow warm air out of the heater .


    Ambient temperature was six Celsius degrees.


    The heater was producing warm air at twenty one Celsius degrees.
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    Insulation of the solar air heater







    Front


    Rear


    It generates twenty some Celsius degrees of warm air while consuming 5W of electricity.
    The 12V DC fan consumes 0.09A of current - 1.08W.
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    Hey hughe hows the solar heater working? Whats the ambient temp inside now?

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    Hi Hughe, woua!, you did a lot of work, even though this Tread has been created a while back, I just had a look today, and I have a few links you might find interesting, hope you don't have them already.

    The best to you!

    http://community.eonpermaculture.ca/...eeper-biodomes

    http://www.domekits.info/preview_006.htm

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    I built Bulbul Junior Reprap 3D Printer. Technically speaking it's a copy of Mini Kossel 3D Printer.


    Printing the first object, 10 mm cube.


    The second object called effector for E3D V6 hotend of Bulbul Junior


    The thrid, 4th, and 5th object that are part of the effector assembly




    It turns out that the operational side of 3D Printer requires steep learning curve. I haven't managed to experience the excitement and fun for the last few days due to problems I have to solve. Hopefully I'll get Bulbul Junior ready to print any 3D object with few clicks so that I'll use it as powerful engineering tool.
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