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 on: June 17, 2017, 06:53:24 PM 
Started by Paul Sarnstrom - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,

Here is a Canadian company that does Ferrocement boat repair. Concise information is presented here on the basics of repairing traditional FC. These repair techniques are equally valid when applied to terrestrial FC structures as well as boats and other FC marine structures.

http://www.custom-welding.co/ferrocement-boat-repair/

These techniques apply specifically to traditional FC only. For the repair of LFC [laminated Ferrocement] structures different techniques are used.

Paul

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 on: June 03, 2017, 02:28:51 PM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Rob_O
This is the same me, Rob_ and Rob'O  but this posting is from my phone in the field and sent  from my phones computer.
  Just a note on basic armature ( the steel/ ferro) in your design and planning: We have a great selection of materials that are used in garden art sculptures. These first few projects I'm posting  we will be using simple well founded techniques as our basics  incorporated in most procedures. Armature building garden art  can become very creative with a wide varity of materials. Ill cover part of this in this posttings. This raised bed planter is basically on the ground with little excavation and when finished will be sound and very solid. The  cementious materials flow with intent as it is embedded in the matrix. Thanks for stopping over
 Cheers Rob'O

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 on: June 02, 2017, 10:32:41 PM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Robo
Good morning -Just a few notes to share on this beautiful morning in Colorado where the Sunset takes your breath away and the Morning rise gives it back. Another exciting day it is for me  to play with mudd.
     In my classes I teach the students how to dance with this medium in a fun and energetic way. Part of this dance with F-C from my perspective is that by understanding the basic principles of placement, structure design, materials and tools all coupled together with the organization of resources and the 'hands on' knowledge of the techniques and placement of sequences to have a successful project completed. These steps are reinforced with confidence gained from experience and well-founded procedures and skills. With some motivation and work ethic dialed in -- then one can create reasonable projects that can become a personal joyous adventure with a great feeling of purpose and heart- felt accomplishment.
  All materials are on site and staging areas are set up for a good flow of production and the site has been modified to accept this planter.   
 
      Action mode DAY I- So  my plan is to build the forms and secure in place leaving one opened end because the forms are 8 ft. long we are building to 10 ft. I will scratch coat leaving  first section with about 1 ft. un-mudded overlap for the end cap to tie in. I’ll scratch  out base coat  to about 7 ft.  My seedlings are excited to get planted.
 Cheers all                                                         

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 on: June 01, 2017, 10:31:31 AM 
Started by Robo - Last post by Robo
       Winter seems to be over here in beautiful Colorado on this first day of June and I am full on game to create FC projects and to get several classes up and running. I will be creating projects that communicate as well as serve as a functional creative works of art. The weekend after we had 8'' of snow I decided to get a raised bed garden set up and ready for planting in three days.  Here is how I love to" dance' with this medium we all refer to as Ferro-cement:
                                                                        THE IDEA         
    A planter box,- raised bed- four feet by 10 feet with receiver sockets to attach a hooped  covering for winter gardening, wind, hail, predators, intense sun heat etc.  Built with skills and intent to make this a long lasting functional work a piece of art while leaving options for creative additions such as some sculptures or bird baths... 

   Planning stage - A: what is the purpose of this project, for what purpose will it serve in my priority lists, priority factors, placement, time, materials, set up stations, drawings, on site lay out,(-sleep on it) consider  environmental issues, - commitment- cost and safety.
    Dream stage-B: Gather a large tablet or note book  ( 11"x14" is my preference) for this is where you open up the " dance"  floor and let it loose-create- pencil in hand and the canvas lit up. Now we list questions such as - What would this space look like with this feature here or there?  Do draw it out on the canvas, place some stakes and string, site in with a level, walk around do some more drawing making your lists as organized as possible.
   
   Commitment stage-C:  (this is the part you decide that you want this to happen and you can nearly see clearly end product. --- so we back up and select how we got there!  On the page we take the first step considering -the Time, materials, tools, stations-(mixing, staging tools, materials) - power, water, trash,
  Environmental plans for rain, sun, wind. --and wild rabbits...
 
     Action/change stage-D:  Sub products: ( a list of materials to purchase and those on hand) calendar -blocks of time and ORGANIZATION - This is where any projects that I do makes for a fun adventure that is  the better organized and cleaner the site is the more  the project becomes !
 
      I am in the action stage with all sub products on site, stations being set up and ready for creative mode. When I can figure out how to post pictures I’ll share this Ferro cement raised bed garden project with all. If you have any questions or comments feel free ask and this invite to play in my sand box is open to all!
   All my best, Rob'O


                                                             
 
                                                               

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 on: May 26, 2017, 09:31:02 AM 
Started by Paul Sarnstrom - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,
One of our members, Brian Corzillius has updated his website with the latest photos of progress on his beautiful FC home:

http://www.greentransitions.org/LandDev/House/HousePhotos.htm

Brian is doing first rate work on his home and this unique pictorial collection shows the construction process from planning onwards.

Great Work Brian!

Paul

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 on: April 13, 2017, 03:58:13 PM 
Started by Paul Sarnstrom - Last post by Paul Sarnstrom
Hello All,

I was looking at Ferrocement videos on youtube and came across this unique and very creative, FC home in New Zealand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqfnka7O8_g

It always amazes me to see the unique, artistic expression and creative ideas that can and are being expressed in FC. Be sure and check out the hot tub perched atop the second story dome.

Paul

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 on: February 28, 2017, 08:37:36 AM 
Started by upston - Last post by upston
Hi All'

This is the third and last installment on the floating solar project. I recently received a photo of the build site after the flood. All three mother platforms are now floating as intended in the dam basin. Given the very sloppy construction  , bad sand,  wet mix , lack of constant curing and total lack of supervision by the upper management it's a minor miracle it went so well. It is a great example of the forgiveness of the FC/ LFC construction method.

I came bask to the US after six weeks , it seemed a very long time living through it but looking back now several months some of the horrors have faded from memory. I was unable to fully impart good construction practises but some improvements were achieved. I was never paid the bulk of the promised fee for my time despite repeated assurances. The CEO of the company is a charming fellow but lacked the strength to lead his team to produce a quality product.

I am not sure if the 17 platforms were ever built to complete the project, certainly they were not within the contract period of November 20016. In spite of the difficulties and lack of payment I am proud of what was accomplished  and while I wont be going back I am glad I took the trip.

Brad

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 on: February 28, 2017, 08:01:35 AM 
Started by Chris Meador - Last post by upston
Hi Chris,
I took a look at your web site, really great stuff. Have you considered adding gray water to your storage systems ? Lots of good water going down the drain that could be used on plants?

Also I liked the water gauge on top of the tanks, can you tell us how they work and perhaps a description of how you make your tanks.

Brad

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 on: February 27, 2017, 12:07:12 PM 
Started by Chris Meador - Last post by Chris Meador
Hi, my name is Chris Meador, I own and operate Permasystems - a company's whose mission is to design, build, and supply low-impact, perennial and functional structures - including those made out of ferrocement. I took Paul Sarnstrom’s FC/LFC course in 2014 and it changed my life! Currently Permasystems mostly builds 300 gallon LFC cisterns, primarily for rainwater harvesting storage. I have been doing this for 2 years. I have also built LFC planter box - type things.

My website is http://www.Permasystems.org

When I was young I watched my “godfather” build things with ferrocement: planters, retaining walls, covers, tables, and amazing art, like a mountain lion. This planted the seed of LFC in me. 

I am interested in building the following out of FC/LFC:
- Roof
- Home/shed/structure
- Hot tub
- Much larger water tanks and imitation rock tanks
- Retaining walls
- Tables
- And much more!

I will post pictures and descriptions of my work in appropriate parts of this site. Here is a little more info:

Link to video of multiple rainwater harvesting LFC cisterns at a residential home that provides water to their native garden and natural pool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ngiw_EHTjM

This link provides a little more information about how I build the tanks http://www.Permasystems.org/laminated-ferrocement.html

Link to our blog post about ferrocement http://www.permasystems.org/blog/category/ferrocement


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 on: February 26, 2017, 09:36:48 AM 
Started by minotto - Last post by upston
Hi Minitto,

Simple answer, LFC of FC will save you a fortune over wood IF your design takes advantage of the system. By that I mean keeping the labor cost low by NOT spending lots of time doing weird shapes and forms so it look like something from a Hobbit movie. The materials in LFC will be way cheaper , and better , than any conventional system but the final cost as Paul said can get out of hand when you factor in man power.

A wood living roof sounds like a rot problem waiting to happen.

I am is LA county and if you need some advice on the matter give me a call 818 693 1697

Brad

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