Kelly Hart posted a close-up photo of a mesh bag the other day. I noticed it was different than the bags we are using, and so I’m posting this photo for comparison. Our bags are 16”x32” with vertical threads and horizontal strips.
Both types will probably work, but we want to document the different types to head off any problems. As you can see from yesterday’s post, there are quite a few different brands, types and sizes that are made for different uses. Many of them are probably suitable for earthbag building, but some may not work. Let’s work together to create a list of proven products that we can add to our EarthbagBuilding.com Resources page. If you would like to contribute a little time, it would be great if we could order 1-2 bags each from about 10 different suppliers. Make a test bag using suitable soil, photograph the bag up close and the final tamped bag, and we’ll compile the results. To avoid replication of effort, please leave a comment below like “I’ll make a test bag using product A from Company X.” It would be helpful to keep track of prices as well.
Here’s another slightly different weave that looks like it would also work. Click to enlarge.
Photo credit: Hemei Plastic Products Company Limited