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Building a Tire Foundation

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Blue Rock Station Style by Jay Warmke

More that half of all the buildings on this planet are constructed using earth and straw.  Many have stood for hundreds of years without the “benefits” of modern construction techniques.

Why not take advantage of free materials and ancient (and not-so-ancient) building techniques to construct your next project.  A great start is utilizing discarded automobile tires to build a strong and versatile foundation.

Annie and Jay Warmke have pounded more tires than they care to recall in building their 2,200 sq ft Earthship - taking advantage of the thermal and structural capacity of these free building products.

Along the way they also discovered that tires pounded full of earth make great foundations for straw bale buildings as well as small timber frame projects.

This easy-to-read, light-hearted booklet contains step-by-step instructions on how to plan and build your own rammed earth foundation (using tires as the form, or container).

In addition, you will find a list of all the tools and supplies you need to build your masterpiece.

Table of Contents:

This 36-page illustrated book includes the following chapters:
  • The Logic Behind Tire Foundations
  • Site Preparation
  • Obtaining and Selecting Your Tires
  • Squaring Your Foundation
  • Pounding Your Tires
  • Creating Concrete “Half-Tires”
  • Mixing Concrete
  • Finishing and Leveling Your Tires
  • Creating Multiple Layer Foundations
  • Placing the Sill Plate
  • Anchoring the Sill Plate to the Tires
  • Waterproofing
  • The French Drain
  • Finishing the Floor

36 Page Booklet:
Price  $6.95 US *
(for paper version)

Electronic Version (pdf):
Price $5.00 US *

(sent via e-mail within 24 hours)


* Plus shipping ($1.95 within US and Canada), electronic version has no shipping charge.  A 7% sales tax will be added for Ohio residents. The electronic version ordered through the shopping cart will be sent to you via e-mail within 24 hours of your order (usually much sooner).