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Gringo Blocks

Gringo blocks (wood blocking) are used to attach things to earthbag walls.

Gringo blocks (wood blocking) are used to attach things to earthbag walls.


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 a list of recommended books on adobe construction. Note which ones they prefer and why. They like the books by Paul Graham McHenry, Jr. because they are “excellent in all areas -- from explanations of the 'hows' and 'whys,' to drawings that make clear those explanations. This is the same approach I’ve used on my upcoming earthbag book that SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WITHIN A WEEK.]

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3 Responses to “Gringo Blocks”

  1. Luke Anthony says:

    Yayyy a week! Scott Howard had it with him while I took a class, and I made it a point to take a look at it, but somehow amidst the madness I forgot to take a peek.
    Looking forward to it!

    • Owen Geiger says:

      The next step is fixing the PayPal glitch…

      Update: The new PayPal account takes 6-7 days for confirmation. This is on top of messing with it for a week…

  2. WestcliffeDan says:

    I am looking forward to the new book in whatever form. I just bought new toner and ready to print it here if needed. :) I am still working on the well and septic here for the Westcliffe house. Things are moving along slowly but surely. Craigslist and people I have met have been very helpful sourcing casement windows for the project. The windows I have are very well made – they came out of a local bank building that was remodeled. Now I think I will reconsider just how I will mount them in the wall. I had not heard of gringo block’s before, I will probably start seeing them everywhere now. Thanks Owen.

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