Yurok Native Reservation Earthbag Build — 7 Comments

  1. Woh’ Owen….that’s a LOT of rebar. The cost would send you to the poor house if I understand you correctly. I don’t get it???? Explain the layout for this. I’m confused.

    • Rebar is not particularly expensive. Weigh the cost of rebar against the cost of barbed wire, plus the time and labor involved. I’m just telling you my experience and that of others who have started using rebar pins and everyone so far feels it’s a better method.

  2. Owen, question…..I went to the Photo Gallery to view their build and I was wondering what the 2×4’s between the rows on the wall was for? Is it to connect the rebar? Is this the way you do it as the wall gets taller? Do you just tie it together with wire or is there another method? Welding would melt the plastic. OR, am I completely wrong for the wood spacers use all together?? “IF” this IS what it’s for then how long should the rebar be to be efficient? They, I believe spaced the rebar every 3 foot. Am I correct on the spacing being 5 foot or is 3 foot correct? I appreciate your feedback because these are important questions regarding the use of rebar in my build. “Thank You My Friend”.

    • Builders insert wood blocking in adobe houses, earthbag, cob, etc. for later attachment of interior walls, shelving, cabinets, etc. Some call these gringo blocks.

      Rebar pinning: 3′ spacing in tubing sounds good to me. With bags, one rebar pin per bag seems best, although it depends on the size and number of door and window openings, etc. The more openings (= weak areas) the more rebar you need.

  3. Owen, what’s your opinion on the use of rebar pins staggered throughout the wall to create an interwoven pattern, like outlined in the article? Not necessarily in place of the barbed wire, but maybe in addition? Overkill??

    • I and others who have been doing this are very happy with the results. Richard at New Life (see previous posts) has decided to quit using barbed wire and just use internal rebar pinning. It’s quicker, easier and very strong. Barbed wire is dangerous and not fun to work with. Rebar pins next to doors and windows are particularly effective.

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