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[–] Monsantos_Schlong 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I was thinking of buying some land around there considering the price and how unpopulated that area is, only problem I burn in the sun given my whiteness. So now I'm looking for someplace more forested but that means the prices skyrocket in comparison

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I am pretty white, too. Texas is not a natural place for me, but it does seem like the hotter the place, the cheaper the land.

Have you tried to adapt to it? A cowboy hat and some long clothes might go a long way for you, too.

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[–] Monsantos_Schlong 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I sorta tried, I went hunting most my life in magnolia but when it got sold we got a place in George west. But we only go during fall/winter

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[–] DeltaBravoTango 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Try looking into an Insulated Concrete Forms. You build walls with hollow foam bricks, then pour concrete inside them. You leave the foam as insulation.

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[–] Hey_Sunshine 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Does it have a well? If not I could help build ya one

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

No well. That would be awesome. I have no idea what kind of well depth you'd need.

I doubt I could afford it at this point, nor your time for drilling a well like that.

Do you have well drilling equipment? I was planning on catching rain water.

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[–] Hey_Sunshine 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm not licensed or anything so I certainly won't be asking for compensation lol It's a fairly simple machine that uses a small 10 hp gas motor to provide the rotational force and uses the gravity to chew it's way downward. the biggest costs would be the material of the well, Pump, pipe and a water tower. Sound like it'd be fun af

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[–] PM_ME_UR_NOODZ 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You're telling me that you spent $2,500 on land that you've never even visited?

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes. I have coordinates, Google Maps, and I've driven through there recently. I'm paying the bare minimum for 10 acres. I know what to expect -- it should be like every other shrub brush and sandy bit of land out in the area.

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[–] lemon11 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Too close to Mexico.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It may still be, but it's a heck of a lot better than the property I checked out in Presidio, which is probably a mile or two from the border at most.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I love tiny houses. Maybe if I can pick one up for really cheap.

I think the cost of building a solid, permanent structure and a nice tiny house on wheels would be similar. The solid structure would be a lot cheaper to heat and cool, and probably be a bit more practical.

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[–] katphish 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

you could look at building an earth ship

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I got a lot of help in the other thread from someone who's done that. It sounds like it literally took him months.

I'd love to build one, but it seems like too much work to do alone. On the bright side, I can bring all of the supplies I need in my truck.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I keep thinking of your other post. I know that money is tight but if you could get a bob cat or something up there, you could build an artificial hill and use that as a way of building into a hill which would help with climate control and you could possibly use soil as your roof.

Have you calculated the amount of blocks you'll need?

I'd be interested in going maybe later this year :-)

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A Bob Cat would be great. I think that may be really hard to do, though. I'd also like a bulldozer to help clear out some of the brush.

Honestly, this truck is a bit tempting: http://odessa.craigslist.org/cto/5834832844.html

Three 10 foot walls at 7 feet is... 420 or so, if I remember correctly. I should really do at least about 3 and a half, then fit a door. Or if I go for 10x20, I can park my truck in it.

They are about 7.5"x7.5"x14". I did some math in my head earlier, and somehow came to that number. I think I'd be lucky to fit a hundred in the back of my 4Runner.

I'd love to have you out there! That would be fantastic.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You realky need to scout out your property!

As for the truck, offer to rent it. Save Money!

Do you have all the tools you'll need or have included them in your budget?

100 might fit in back of Hikux Surf ... But the rear is more rounded than a Cherokee and 100 might be too heavy for the suspension. I out about 30 blocks in Jetta once and the car was a bitch to stop!

You need to talk to some construction companies and see what extras you can buy on the cheap.

You should also look at house that use recycle materials. Lots of savings to be had. I was thinking you could try making Adobe bricks too!

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[–] DeltaBravoTango 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

420 blocks would weigh about 11,760 pounds. Be careful, don't overload a truck like that.

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