Thursday, February 28, 2008

Oh, Those Walls!

Here's the west retainer wall. We painted this one a few days ago.
Here's the east retainer wall. We just painted it yesterday. Both the retainers start off about 15 feet tall. At that height, the steel reinforcing is #7 (7/8") rebar and the footing is 13' wide. The walls end up looking curved, but are actually 4' segments, which made them easier to form.


  1. Wow! Sweet! What are you using for the interior walls? I remember the first time I heard of Earth Ships. They recommended using old tires filled with earth for interior walls.

    Also, will you be incorporating solar panels into the construction?

    I am fascinated by this. More please.

    Thank you very much for the link, Brother. I plan to be a frequent visitor here.


  2. Hi D,
    The interior is standard metal stud/drywall construction. Since all my house-framing experience was in wood, I had to learn about metal studs. Fortunately a local retired union brother showed me the ropes. After using steel studs, I think it's the only way to frame walls.
    All the exterior walls, including retainers, are poured 12 inch thick concrete. Most of my work for the last 15 years has been concrete formwork in Las Vegas, so the shell of this house was the easiest for me.
    Solar power just isn't affordable yet. I didn't make any provisions for future solar.
    I'm still trying to figure out Blogspot. It's maddening, but since it's free I can live with a little frustration.
    My wife has posted pictures of our home on



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