14 Oct '13, 8am

Love this guide to earth bag building. Building without cement... perfect for #Malawi can't wait to test it out!

Love this guide to earth bag building. Building without cement... perfect for #Malawi can't wait to test it out!

To illustrate just how easy earthbag building can be, this article shows each main step of construction for building vertical earthbag walls. Follow these steps and you and half-dozen friends can build the walls of a 625 square foot (58m 2 ) house in about 5-10 days. Videos on my YouTube channel demonstrate the process. The following instructions assume you have cleared and leveled the site, removed topsoil, positioned fill soil around the building site to minimize work, dug a trench to stable subsoil, put about 12" of gravel in the trench, and added corner guides and stringlines. 1. Tools and materials (listed left to right): woven polypropylene bags (about 18" x 30" ), bucket chute (4-gallon bucket with bottom cut off), 4 or 5 heavy duty 2-gallon cement buckets, stringline, metal chisel and scrap steel for cutting barbed wire (or bolt cutters), hammer, sheetmetal slider ...

Full article: http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/articles/stepbystep.htm

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