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44 Post author: Alicorn 17 March 2017 01:36AM

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Comment author: ialdabaoth 21 March 2017 01:10:35AM 1 point [-]

I do not know how to build a dormpartment building and probably neither do you.


Comment author: Alicorn 22 March 2017 10:47:00PM 0 points [-]

Hi! What would you need to construct a dormpartment building?

Comment author: ialdabaoth 23 March 2017 10:12:00PM *  2 points [-]

Well, obviously first we'd need land. What land we get will determine who is legally allowed to build a dormpartment building, and what techniques and materials they're allowed to use.

That said, if it was up to me, I'd probably want to build something out in the Arizona desert, probably near Snowflake, and I'd want to use cinderblock construction. The great thing about that is that you're basically making giant lego-houses out of hollow concrete blocks and mortar.

So step one would be getting a bulldozer to level the land, then a cement truck and a shitload of cement to make a foundation (highly recommended we get a construction company to do that part, rather than doing it ourselves), then build up from there. A backhoe to dig out large water tanks and a septic system will be necessary, assuming this will be somewhere off-grid.

The great thing is that solar is actually doable these days, so we could get REAAAALLY cheap off-grid land, build a big-ass solar farm, and then our only issue is potable water, which is doable with a reverse osmosis system and a large enough catchment tank, if you don't care about living too close to a major city.

Comment author: Lumifer 24 March 2017 03:51:25PM 2 points [-]

I think you and Alicorn have drastically different ideas about the end product :-)

Comment author: ialdabaoth 23 March 2017 10:18:00PM 0 points [-]

On the other hand, if you actually need this to be somewhere near the Bay, then I don't know what to tell you, because I'd basically need to go to school for something like 12 years to get all the necessary certifications to prove that I know how to do what I know how to do.

Comment author: Alicorn 23 March 2017 10:39:22PM 1 point [-]

I would be happy to approve of a project elsewhere from afar but the Bay has the key ingredient of job density and preexisting community mass. Also in Arizona I would melt.