My Experience

     In 2002-2009 I lived on Saipan Island in Micronesia. Where its 84 all year around. I loved it. I became disabled at 64 and retired there. So I had Social Security income. Not much, but it fed me, and kept me in a reasonable apartment.

I may be handicapped, but I still love islands, and see the need for inexpensive housing, especially for poor folks effected by Global Warming. I read of Rishi Sowas work, and became interested in floating islands. (The Internet is great, isnt it?) I also loved King Car Tea, and saved several hundred 1.3 liter bottles with caps.

I wanted to do 2 things. I wanted to tie the bottles together into an Island, and build a school to teach folks about Alternative Energy, as I have been both a teacher and a scientist with a PhD in physics. I had over 40 patents and patents pending that were stolen from me, but thats another story.

I tried to use Portland Cement to hook my plastic bottles together. It cracked and fell apart. Back in 79 I had worked with Steel Fibrous Concrete. Its great stuff, but very costly. Since I had, over the years, constructed 5 geodesic domes, I wanted to build a dome that wouldnt fly away in a storm, on a floating island, because property on the Islands is also quite expensive.

Out in front of my apartment was a pile of dry coconut leaves they had thrown away. A new hardware store had a sale on Portland Cement, at $6.40, for a 94 pound bag. I already had the tools, and sand was also plentiful and free. So I mixed up some Portland in a plastic bucket to see how it worked. (See my article below on the details of how to mix it.)

Thus, I gained some real life experience with NFRC. Since I had build homes and became a contractor way back when, it was a natural. I also became a licensed commercial electrical engineer in 1965. And an (inventor all my life,) it was a natural.

    I hail from Montana
    Primarily known
    For its big sky
    And pork barrel rockets
    But one year was so cold
    A politician Im told
    Had his hands in his very own pockets.
Anyway, I searched the Internet and found out that Natural Fiber had been used extensively, but since the fiber was free no one could make much money off it, so it didnt go anywhere. Ah, but thats just the quality I was looking for. The islanders build houses with coconut leaves, without Portland Cement, so making NFRC with coconut leaves seemed a natural.

Portland Cement is fairly inexpensive, I had much experience with it, and there is lots of things written about it. Its waterproof, long lasting, and easy to work with. I watched the parades on New Years Day, and paper mach looked easy for unskilled labor. I just put the 2 together.

You might say, I put 2 and 2 together, and came up with the square root of 16!

Now I had a way to build an island green school inexpensively. I got permission from the National Park Service to use a sheltered beach of theirs. I had been teaching a class in Alternative Energy there for some time. So I was ready to go.

I built 2 floats, the first one with regular mortar, as I said, it fell apart right on my front porch, but the one with coconut leaves worked real well. I was ready to go, when I suffered a stroke. I went in the hospital, but they have no facilities to care for stroke victims, so my son moved me to Arizona where they do. I now live in Assisted Living, which is like an old folks home. Its nice, and the food is good, but I still dream of my own island.

Others dream too. But, one of the biggest obstacles to island building is money. They are just too expensive, and the less expensive ones require local resources that most folks dont have. So I needed a balance, and Natural Fiber Reinforced Concrete was it. I could even build the deck, and coat it with free sand from the ocean. So all I needed was the floats.

NFRC might be used to make the floats too, but it depended on the skill of the workers. I remember that Hefty Garbage Sacks and been used in a salvage operation, and they are inexpensive, and not biodegradable. You just have to use them right, within their limitations.

I had invented a vertical axis windmill that could be used to provide compressed air for diving, and floating the island segments. It all seemed so natural, and fairly inexpensive too, so a retired person could make a go of it.

Its slow building, but if the Island segments, and even the dome home on it, are easy to make by unskilled labor, and can be multiplied during construction one should be able to make a nice floating place to live in a matter of weeks. A regular home takes about 3 months.

So have at it. Ill try to furnish all the information I can for you.

I might be handicapped, but Im still enthusiastic!

Dr. Hait

  • These Hexs have not been engineered, there are too many differences with your specific needs. You are responsible for what you build, and to test pieces for integretary, nither Dr. Hait nor the Rocky Mountain Research Center bear any responsibility.


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