Stabilized Caliche Floors

Report on how to make cement stabilized caliche earth floors
Report on how to make cement stabilized caliche earth floors

Caliche: calcium carbonate formed in the soils of semiarid regions.

“I sifted the caliche through a chicken wire sieve to get rid of the larger material. This leaves a good size aggregate for a 4-5inch think pour, thicker floor better against moisture too (when the pour is too thin less ,than 3″, the mix will crack more, when setting).

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