Before we fill them with the earthbag mixture, we diddle the bags so that they make a better shape for the wall and the corners don’t stick out and mess up the papercrete and lime plaster that will later cover them.
The typical way to diddle a bag is to fold in the corners and run a nail through them, securing them to the bottom of the bag. This is how we did it all last year.
However, sometimes the nails fall out or people cut or snag themselves on them, so this year Keith experimented with sewing the bags instead. He’s been very pleased with the results!
The short video below shows Keith diddling the bags with his sewing machine and explaining the procedure. If you’re building an earthbag house we recommend diddling the bags this way. Enjoy:
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