The hollow blocks are intended for use in reinforced masonry for low cost earthquake resistant housing. Nevertheless, it is capable of molding at high pressure, dense and neatly finished blocks ofhigh structural quality, at the rate of to units per eight hour shift,when operated by two persons. Two 6cm diameter holes run through its full thickness. The holes simplify the placement of vertical reinforcement in earthquake resistant wall constructions: the steel reinforcing rods running through the holes in the laid blocks, at the required spacing, are set in cement mortar or grout.
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I hope it helps people. I hunted and hunted around for a set of plans to build one, and came up empty handed. So I bought a set of paper plans from a dealer of natural building books. I forget her name. I believe she retired immediately thereafter and someone new is running her show. This was ok, except that the plans were in metric units! If something needs to be 1.
Well, no. And if the thickness changes, then other measurements have to change. Not just convert from mm to inches, but redesign. So I set about converting it. It took a heck of a long time, because I wanted to do it in Google Sketchup, and that meant learning Sketchup first.
But I got it done. The weight was impossible, getting smooth, square cuts was impossible, and welding it was no cakewalk either. That went wonderfully. Huge success. So I got my machine welded up, and it works great. Does a Photobucket slideshow work? Man, that felt good. This was my first ever project, a little garden wall.
When I had these cut, I chatted with the shop owner about cutting another set. He says he keeps his past jobs just about forever. Call the shop I used 2. Get a kit in the mail The shop was:.
CETA Ram Block Press
FREE House Plans Cinva RAM The advance of CEB into the construction industry has been driven by manufacturers of the mechanical presses, a small group of eco-friendly contractors and by cultural acceptance of the medium in areas where it is seen as superior to adobe. However, manufacturers of the mechanical presses enjoy their heaviest sales overseas. Mexico and Third World countries have been attractive markets for the presses for years. The advantages of CEB are in the wait time for material, the elimination of shipping cost, the low moisture content, and the uniformity of the block thereby minimizing, if not eliminating the use of mortar and decreasing both the labor and materials costs. Because it is not wet, the drying time is much shorter. Some soil conditions permit the blocks to go straight from the press onto the wall. A single mechanical press can produce from to over 5, blocks per day, enough to build a 1, square feet m2 house in one day.
I hope it helps people. I hunted and hunted around for a set of plans to build one, and came up empty handed. So I bought a set of paper plans from a dealer of natural building books. I forget her name.