Cement is a staple in modern construction; we use it to make foundations for homes, driveways and to hold skyscrapers. You can use it the same ways in a survival situation, except there are no hardware stores for you to buy cement from. However, there is a primitive way to make cement. Here’s how.
Thankfully, the resources necessary to make survival cement are abundant and easy to find. You just need to locate some clay-rich mud and dry grass; wet grass won’t work. To tell if the mud has enough clay in it, squeeze the mud into a ball. If it retains its shape, it has a high enough clay content. Gather about a bucket full of mud, or as much as you can, along with an armload of dry grass.
If you have a tarp, lay it out flat. If not, use a large flat rock to pour the mud onto. Next, place about half of the grass you collected on top of the mud. Using your bare feet, step on the grass and mud to mix the two together.
Repeat until the grass and mud are thoroughly mixed and flattened out. Next, if you have a tarp, fold the tarp until the mixture folds over itself. If you’re on a flat rock, carefully fold the mixture over itself. Do this step a few times until the mixture is ball shaped.
Add the rest of your grass into the mix, continuing the process of stepping on the grass and mud until it’s fully mixed once again. The dry grass should be about 40-60 percent of the mixture depending on the application.
If you’re using the mud for mortar, a runnier mixture is ideal. For construction, a thicker mixture is best; run the grass parallel with itself to act as rebar. Make sure to use your mixture quickly as it won’t take long to dry.
Survival cement has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years, and some structures made from it are still standing. The cement is a great way to build a shelter or just reinforce one. While on the topic, check out these shelters for all weather.
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