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Old 08-23-2014, 12:59 AM   #1
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Hi all,
My first post here:

I will be setting up a yurt (diameter 6m) in the north of France.
Since it will be on agricultural land I cannot give it a foundation that is permanent.
I was thinking of using old tractor tyres filled with dirt to support the floor platform.
I will be happy with any tips, advice or alternatives to this idea.


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Old 08-23-2014, 07:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum floatstone i don't see ant reason this would not work i have seen houses built this way and also retaining walls. filled with dirt they should be strong enough.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:05 AM   #3
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I think that is a fine idea. That'll keep the yurt above the surrounding terrain.

Read on for an improvement to an earth filled tire floor if you have the money and permission.

You could do a simple screwed together 2X lumber deck flat atop the tires. You need power at the site. A driver drill, a power saw, a level, and a few 5 lb. boxes of 3" plated deck screws. Sufficient 2X lumber to cover the 6M yurt floor, plus 2X lumber for sleepers that lay atop the tires on ~2' centers.

Clear and flatten the site. Arrange the tires just as you would for an earth fill, but really work at getting the tires all in a flat plane relative to eachother. Level the tire assembly by eye and with a long 2X until all is in as flat a plane as you can get them. Then fill with dirt to about half way up to stabilize, or deeper if the tire carcasses are really rotted. But definitely not to the top so dirt isn't in contact with wood.

With that accomplished, lay a grid of 2X4 sleepers, parallel to eachother, flat atop the tires on approximate 2 foot centers. Starting from the middle of the deck, lay the first 2X deck board atop the sleeper grid at a 90 degree angle, and screw it down. By starting from the middle and working towards either side you'll be better able to control keeping the sleepers level. Adjustment shims can be fitted between the sleepers and the tires as necessary.

Figure out support remedies as you go. If the sleeps span the entire tire assembly the floor will self flatten and be very welll supported.

You'll have a nice wood floor that is demountable for WAY under $1K U.S. Basic 2X lumber floor is under my yurt and it is SWEET! Good luck.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:21 AM   #4
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Thank u Very Much for the feedback!
Really happy to have found this forum, since a whole new life is starting and a knowledgeable community is great to become part of.
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