Earth bags

Clay-soil is mixed with a little water. If you can make a "snow ball" with it, it is wet enough.

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Add a quart of cement to each bucket of clay-soil in order to stabilize the material. Very useful for foundations.

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An upside down bucket with the bottom cut out makes it easier to fill up small earth bags.

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Earthbag is rolled up and placed in position.

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Don't use too much force! Just enough until the sound changes to a solid "wap". You will know when you hear it!

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The dimple will help connect the different layers. Kinda like Lego.

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First row is done!

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Earthbag foundation is almost done. We will leave it a little lower where the door is going to be. The tamped floor is now also in.

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Earthbags are used to raise and level a messy "urbanite" foundation.

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Now the foundation is high enough for some cob!

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Some sticky wet cob or straw-clay plaster goes on the bags and fills in the cracks.

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Straw-clay plaster goes on the bags. If you use stucco cement as a way to protect the bags, you have to use some wire mesh, like chicken wire; cement based plasters are not very sticky.

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