400 reasons for sore backs and bad mud

Mud… In the construction industry it refers to wet concrete, plaster, stucco, cement or other similar substances.

An experienced concrete worker knows good mud from bad mud by looking at the color and the consistency of the mixture.

Good mud requires the right ratio of water, sand, stone and cement powder to be strong enough to withstand the elements and to provide secure shelter. And good mud is well mixed, not tossed together.

It takes about 400 shovels full of material to produce 1 cubic meter of MUD. And a typical shelter in a poor country uses 3 to 4 meters of concrete for its construction.
Imagine moving about 1500 shovels of material into a pile and then turning it over and over again.

Does it make your back sore just thinking about it?
Yet, this back braking work happens everyday, on every continent around the world.

In underdeveloped nations many people are forced to create bad mud using their backs and their shovels.

Bad Backs…..
Bad Mud….
Bad Outcome.

How can we help them change this cycle of sadness?


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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One Response to 400 reasons for sore backs and bad mud

  1. Scotty Concrete says:

    Yes, that’s a lot of effort. Not to mention they are putting out a low quality product. In the video they barely mixed the materials, just turned them over a few times! Can you imagine building a house with that mud?

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