Using Sand Versus Tamped Soil — 5 Comments

  1. I’m in the military we tamp our bags. At least that’s what we did during my first deployment to iraq in 2005. We used rebar too ofcourse this was for a higher ups temporary dwelling in transition. So hot….. just for someone to use for like 45 mins and then everyone forgets it…..

    I want to learn to make a earthbag house when i move to the philippines with my fiance for us and our son next year.

      • Yes, but the military can put one of these together in a few minutes. The army is expert sandbaggers. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into building a cob house. He wouldn’t budge. Then I begin talking about earthbags and I explained how they are made. He said “sandbags”? I can build the H*** out of sandbags! He is now warming up to building an earthbag house to live in. This is definately the alternative house to build for military or former military members!

  2. This emergency shelter does appear to be very sloppily built to me, without much care in bag placement, as Owen points out. On the other hand the end-walls of this structure are still vertical and have not caved away from being upright. If you compare this to the image at the top of this page of the circular structure being built, there is quite a difference in the care of bag placement (and compaction). The bags in that upper image were also filled with nothing but sand, dug right on-site. Of course, the fact that the structure is circular helps with its stability.

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