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Hi all new here, my wife and I are getting ready to start building our earthbag  home, and I know the roof is still way off but trying to get ahead before we start.  I think we're going to reinforce our walls with rebar ( thinking every 5ft of wall length, and every 3 foot in height, driving a 5 ft chunk of rebar through from the foundation to the last run.)
Wanting to know peoples thoughts, or if they've had experience doing this, their input.  Considering building the bottoms of my trusses into the wall, so they're trapped is how I'll put it, and fastened to the header board on the top. We are in west texas, and our soul I think will be very good for earthbag, you really cant dig in it during the dry season without soaking it first, so I believe it will pack very well and the bags will be more than sturdy enough but looking for advice or wisdom.

Sorry about the rambling, Tyler
 
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What is it you are trying to accomplish with your reinforcements?
 
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denise ra wrote:What is it you are trying to accomplish with your reinforcements?



Extra strength in the walls
 
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denise ra wrote:What is it you are trying to accomplish with your reinforcements?



My goal with this hone is to be blend of a modern home, and the minimalist style earthbags.  The walls at the center I'm thinking 14-15 feet in height, and the outer walls be 10ft with 2 different levels of roof.
 
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I like the post and beam way of doing it.
4 cement post for the 4 corners and a 'bond' beam that goes all around the top of the house, you can even do a 'foundation' beam that goes all the way around the bottom of the house.

Post and beams can also be made from lumber or metal too, all of the walls, don't have to be 'super' load bearing, the post and beams can handle most of the weight.
 
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Why do you want extra strength in the walls? Are you concerned about something breaching the walls? Do you have earthquakes? Tornadoes? Dragons?
 
A berm makes a great wind break. And Iwe all like to break wind once in a while. Like this tiny ad:
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