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Alfina Hopkins-Wasnuk
Hello everyone, 2 months ago I started my purchase of 100 acres unit 456 section 13 block 39. Any would by most appreciated. Water well and septic tank drilling info is what I'm looking for. If there is a water hauling that would be great. Having a home built and delivered as soon as the VA stop giving me the run around.
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Cathy Allen
Did you get any info? I would like that info if you did.
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Alfina Hopkins-Wasnuk
I have spoken with the VA, I was told that I needed to have 10% of the $415,000 I was needing. So I'm back at the beginning. But that is okay, God will provide. I did try USDA you have lots of paper work.
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Joe Blow
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Hello All -

Planning to start building a rammed earth structure on my property in June. Does anyone hear know or have any heavy equipment i can use (hire/rent) to do some land clearing. Im in Silver Spur Ranch.

 Joe B.
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Bill and chris
Just got curious enough to look up rammed earth walls, beautiful walls. Where are you going to get your material from. Did you attend a class?
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Joe Blow
Hello Bill -

 Yeah sorta. Basically taught myself. I've been researching cheap inexpensive ways to build a house. And ive looked at EVERYTHING from icf, sips, compressed earth brick, strawbale, cob, sand bags, earthships, etc. And based on the cost and availability of materials...rammed earth and compressed bricks are by far the cheapest and best materials for us to work with in SW texas. Reason being all you need is the dirt, cement, and water. The dirt that we have out here in the desert is mostly sand, clay, and aggerate anyway. So its perfect for it. Outside of cement, all you need is a couple pieces of plywood for your forms. For exterior walls its complete pkg, meaning sheathing, insulation, and interior finish.

 For interior walls im using free palllets and drywall. Thats it.
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Rocky
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Joe blow just purchased cpl hundred acres out at silver spur off Roy Rodgers will be checking it out after the holidays, I own a construction company in Houston with heavy equipment will most likely be bringing skid steer down there to do work on my property if we could trade out help for rental when I put up my fence or have a project I'm willing to work something out. Also does any body know if there's a issue with bringing a camper to leave on property year around or would it have to be carried back n fourth?
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Carlin
I've seen some old motorhomes parked out that way, up to you if you feel comfortable leaving something there. If you look at my photos here:  http://carlincomm.com/silver_spur/
 The one with the "little truck on the prairie" there is a motorhome parked across the road from my property, it hasn't moved in the last year, I didn't see any signs of anyone being in it. About the only traffic I saw on the road 1111 was Border Patrol :)
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Maria
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Very happy to have found this blog. We purchased our land back in May and have been out there several times. We have recently discovered the benefits of earthships and I was wondering if anyone else had thought about building one on their property. Mike Reynolds has helped show people how sustainable housing can be built anywhere, even in the middle of the desert and I think its a wonderful concept. If anyone has similar interest in this I would enjoy to see what your thoughts are. dreamer_maria01@neo.tamu.edu
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Rocky
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There's a company in fort stocton that will come and install pumps and casing and a man in van horn that will drill the hole, was told water is at 300-600 feet and I know it is there cause I have a pump keeping a pond full on my land. Was down there last weekend and found nothing wrong with the land, looks as a lot of people have came with plans a decided to quit but there are people living there also. The water situation is simple all anybody has to do is pay 25-30 bucks a ft install or go to town and open a account with water company and pick up water it's like 25 bucks a month for 2000 gal
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Shelley
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We just purchased in bq ii n would be interested in working with you.
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KFrenzel
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We bought 80 acres last November about 16 miles up Big Tank Road on Grass Hopper Run. Since we could not reach the property with a car, we have since changed properties lol
We now have 110 acres 1 mile off of FM/RM 1111 in unit 610 and some friends of ours purchased 40 acres in unit 611 so that makes it nice that they are close by.
We are looking to build our home but still trying to locate several items....
1. Someone that can do the home construction. We are already having the blueprints drawn up.
2. Figuring out which electric company has the power lines in that area. There are electric poles and wires on FM1111 and a substation about 2 miles up the road.
3. Figuring out which way is the best way in to the property. We went there over Easter weekend and there were gates across most of the roads and cows running all over the place lol. Since it was a public named road, we were told it was okay to go through as long as we close the gate behind us. If anyone reading this figures that is their property, we apologize.

Once we get everything settled, we are contacting our cell phone provider and having a cell tower put in one area of the property.

Would love to know of anyone else that is in the 610 or 611 units.
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Mike,S
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Water is readilly available at the municipality but the monthly price has gone up to 45.00 a month for 2.000 gallons a month You will pay that amount wether you get water or not.
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Mike,S
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There is a guy on 1111 silver spur that has a dump, front end backhoe and an all terrain heavy forklift. I hear he`s bringing down a motor grader sometime soon.You can tell whens he`s in town his gate is open and when he`s there the door is open on the large red building. Stop in and introduce yourself. He always has a cold beer or water to offer and is pretty reliable. His place is about a mile south of the silver spur sign on the right.
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David Jackson
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Maria: Earthships were on our list of construction methods to look into, but we have pretty much decided to go with superadobe (check out CalEarth) - we have a friend in the program and for the price, speed, and customization aspects I don't think it can be beat.

Have you started building anything yet? I'd like to hear more about your experiences so far! :)
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LazyR
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Mike,

You seem to know a lot about the area. We've purchased land out there and are curious about several things that we can't seem to get answers on.  First of all this Blog sucks.  But any information you can provide would be deeply appreciated.  A few questions come to mind first:  Is there cell phone service in the area?  Where are people getting water tanks from? What's the name of the local electric company?  Who's a reliable plumber that can dig a septic system and drain field?  

I'll stop there with the questions.  Hope to hear from you soon

Greg
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David (AKA COOKIEMAN)
I have been living in the area since June of 2017 & would be happy to help answe any questions for anyone interested. We have found, met & overcome many of the problems I see on here. If you like you can reach me directly by email at cookiescout1948@gmail.com. We are off Big Tank in Blue Quail 1. We are going with composting toilets & off grid for simplicity & cost efficiency. Hauling water from town & using gravity feed from storage tanks on a ridge behind the house.
Joe
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Joe
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LazyR,
This forum is small and most of us only check it every few months, but any of us are glad to share info. Try leaving your email and it will be easier to communicate with you. As stated above we have a guy who can handle about any thing you need for site prep when he is home. Always ready to help and with good rates. I use him when we need things done. As for where to buy water tanks ect we all have places we deal with and it really depends on what you need. For example, do you want large tanks like 1500+ gallons like some use or do you smaller 275 gallon IBC tanks like I use? It is easier to answer if we know exactly what you are looking for. If you wanna chat about these things drop me an email and I will try to answer what I can and might be able to connect you with others who live out here as well.   truck0129@gmail.com
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Mike,S
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cheers, Sorry so long in getting back to you. I only check the blog occasionally. So first, I have verizon and it seems to be pretty good in most locations although there are some dead spots. I do have contacts for water tanks that can be picked up or delivered and there are plumbers that can install septic. There is only one problem. They all have to come from El Paso.  The Electric comes from Rio Grande electric co-op. It`s a lenthly band expensive process. Figure 6,000 dollars and up depending on how far you are from the main pole and about 6 months for completion.If you have more ?`s or want clarification you can text or call me @ 443-744-0175. I drive a truck for a living so I may not be able to have long conversations but sometimes I can.
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