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    Wow, cool thread. Very impressed with your skills and resourcefulness Hughe. I'm in the process of fitting a DIY hot water solar system to my house at the moment and was intrigued by your solar air system. Is it your own invention or is there a website you got the plans from?

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    @Murray

    There are many plans for solar air heater on the net.
    I just copied one solar air heater on Youtube.
    What I learned is that close-loop solar air heater provides more heat than open-loop system - circulating air in the house through the solar air heater or preheated warm air one meter under the ground. The open-loop solar air heater is only good for sunny days.
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    Small geodesic dome


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    At the center I will build geothermal chamber that exchange heat with circulating air by radiator and electric motor.
    Depth of the chamber is 100 cm to 120 cm, diameter is between 106 cm and 110 cm.





    The chamber frame





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    Keep it up ! Designing is being a human being to its full extent. You're doing that perfectly.
    life is design

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    Mixture ratio I used:
    Crushed stone : sand : cement = 3 : 3 : 1.5

    The foundation:
    concrete layer - 5 cm of thickness
    wire mash
    crushed stone layer - 2.0 to 2.5 cm of thickness
    plastic sheet - water proof
    soil ground



    Wire mash



    Building concrete layer




    Interesting time is ahead of me. I think I've done 65% to 70% of the dome house building so far. I plan to finish building the wall and roof using earthbag over the dome before rainy period starts.
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    Three layers of the foundation
    - concrete
    - wire mash
    - crushed stones
    - two sheets of transparent plastic


    Finding the true south by tracking shadow of a pole on the ground.








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    First layer needs 29 earthbags.





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    Twenty two to twenty three layers to lay down.

    1st layer


    2nd layer
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    I installed twelve 8.5 m ropes to reinforce earthbag wall.





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    Wow, what a lot of work you are doing and accomplishing Hughe>>>>>enjoying your journey as you post you steps along the way. Thank you for sharing as it is very interesting and heart warming to see you actualize your dreams right here in front of our eyes....................
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    Twenty layers to go.


    @sandy

    Thanks for the comment.

    I would have put away personal dreams for a while.

    I believe in natural human being should know how to build shelter, how to farm, how to prevent and cure illness, how to produce and to distribute energy. The corrupted system, civilizations has taken away must-have knowledge from general public.

    I'm in the process of regaining the true knowledge that I could've learned. I think true knowledge must provide the power of manifestation in physical world. Without it knowledge is easy to be subjective, eventually leads to destruction of civilization or even species.

    Human is powerful, creative being. It's hard for me to imagine the world people will live once general public get rid of slavery existence in modern civilization. It's technically feasible to create small, independent community / village that provides everything to the members less than twenty to thirty hours' community work per week.
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    I stacked earthbag wall to center line of the dome.


    Building main door frame



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    Hey Hughe, mind if I ask what this is costing so far. And how many hours you put in. Even if it was longer and cost more, I think its awesome that your are doing it.

    Whats the option of putting it into the ground? Excavating a bit and putting the dome on top at its half point. Would that still work as well?
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    Improvised protractor



    Top door frame is done.
    It's made out of I beam, 5 mm thickness of steel plate, 60 mm to 100 mm of old lumber.






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    @spacejack

    Thanks.

    I had spent abount $500 to $600 so far. Raw building material is extremely cheap. For example, a truck load of crushed rock only costs $50 plus shipping and handling. Most of time when I buy raw materail, I spend equal amount of money as shipping fee.

    As you might see, I started builing it as an emergency shelter out of personal fear and realization of scary human condition in 21st civilization in late 2013. Twenty to thirty percent of time I had spent wasn't related to acutla construction of the dome.

    How many time I spent? I could say thousands hours. I passed the point of return so that I'll have finished the dome all by myself. It really sucks but I will be able to share all the knowledge and hand-on skills of shelter constrution with people some day.
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    Just saw the thread. Looks great, from all aspects. Thought you might enjoy a look at a half dome I made back in 2013 - aluminium and although it does actually form a complete half dome, I left it in a partially constructed state as part of an exhibition I was doing:
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    I saw a cool dome on vacation in Montreal. I read about it, it was designed by Buckminster Fuller for the US but given to Montreal. Its a icosahedron dome. I thought it was interesting because the walls are actually 3d, not flat. I thought it was flat until I was up close and you can see how its made of pyramid like structures instead of triangles.
    https://www.ec.gc.ca/biosphere/defau...n&n=30956246-1
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