ROGERS RAMMED EARTH
Rammed Earth Techniques
The compressor driven tamper shown
above is the usual contemporary tamping
device, but needs a bigger compressor.
HAND tamping gives the BEST COMPACTION which is the CRUX of a lasting building!
Hand Ramming Tamper
The alternative HAND tamping device
is easy to make and of course has no capital
outlay like its counterpart above.
Rammed Earth Concrete Foundation detail
of slab-on-ground construction. Damp course is
laid on the slab before earth walls are begun.
Form End Shutter or
End Shutter or Key-Way is necessary to join on the adjoining earth section/form.
This gives strength and bonding to the walls overall length.
Imperative that the tamper foot fits both the negative & positive.
The wood stud down centre of back board has a slight chamfer
down each side to facilitate removal at tamping completion.
This shutter is 45cm wide for walls the same width.
Pouring Earth into Forms before Tamping.
When pouring loose earth into the forms prior
to tamping, make sure to pour along the form sides
can be used to fill in areas above windows or
Above is a unique method of incorporating arched concrete lintels by Ramtec (see links).
I used heavy hardwood beams and also concrete lintels with a brick facade to span the window & door areas.
Contempory/commercial RE is made up of 'stone henge panels' & is a cost cutting compromise of simply filling in with windows & doors up to the roof plate.
Above you can download a R.E.paper delivered in Western Australia by Stephen Dobson a Committee Member of the:
Joint Technical Committee of Standards Association of Australia and Standards New Zealand
for preparation of a Standard for Earth Building for Australia and New Zealand.
Rammed Earth - Great Wall China