Gringo Blocks

It’s easy to hang or attach things on earthbag walls. Simply embed wood poles or blocks between courses of earthbags as you’re building. Some call these nailers, some call them gringo blocks. I also use rebar a lot to attach things to walls as I’ve explained previously. [Off-topic but interesting point: The website below has … Read more

Attaching Shear Walls to Earthbag Walls

The specifications for reinforced earthbag walls in seismic regions from describe how to attach shear walls to earthbag walls. Properly built shear walls add a great deal of strength to earthbag structures, but are seldom discussed. I thought a detailed drawing of this feature would be helpful. The drawing below illustrates the key concepts. … Read more