Make Your Own Bricks from Soil

How to make bricks to build a home: including the five basics of blockmaking, soil composition, and mixing the bricks.



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Author's barn was built of soil-cement blocks using CINVA Ram. It has already withstood a rainy Pacific northwest winter.
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Making blocks is labor intensive, but not difficult per se. Children can sift soil and fill calibrated buckets for adult in charge.
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Not only barns, but hearths can be made with soil blocks.
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