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How to Make a Mud Hut

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Published on Aug 24, 2010

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Step 1: Drive poles into ground
Drive several straight tree limbs at least 1 foot into the ground every 8 to 10 inches along a single line. This is your first wall line.

Step 2: Make mortar
Make mud mortar by mixing together two parts clay soil, two parts water, and one part dead grass in a large pit.

Step 3: Collect rocks
Collect rocks to reinforce the walls and allow the mud to adhere vertically.

Step 4: Layer rocks and mortar
Layer the rocks and mortar against the poles to keep the wall straight and keep it from caving in.

Tip
Make the wall thicker at the bottom than the top to provide more stability.

Step 5: Build remaining walls and roof
Build the remaining walls, and then lay more limbs across the tops of the walls and layer saplings or large leaves to construct the roof.

Tip
Smear mud onto the thatched saplings and then sprinkle fertile soil over the roof to encourage grass and moss to grow for a weather tight seal.

Step 6: Seal cracks inside
Slather the mud mixture over the inside to seal cracks or weak spots and to give the walls a smooth texture.

Did You Know?
In 2008, an ancient Egyptian town of mud brick structures, dating back to 2400 B.C.E., was uncovered in near perfect condition.

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