[Homestead] Sources on polybags for superadobe

tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Fri Feb 4 21:19:01 EST 2005

http://www.gnat.net/~goshawk  (this guy has been building a superadobe house for several years---look at the floor plan--this is really a cluster strudcture---to eliminate any wood in the roof and provide mutual lateral
support.  Unfortunately the link to the equipment used to fill th superadobe bags is broken.

      ome thoughts on bags

I have worked with three types of bags. The first one being the 
Cal-Earth bags which are a single bag on a large roll. I think these 
bags are great but the cost for this is something like $850 plus 
shipping. In the interest of reducing costs and learning more about this 
style of building I have tried some burlap bags and the single poly 
bags. The bulap bags are very nice and plaster very easy, but the cost 
is a bit more than the polly bags and the source I had wasn't very 
reliable. These bags cost more than the Cal-Earth single roll. Now the 
poly bags which are the same material as the Cal-earth roll except that 
they are individual bags vs one long roll. McDowell Industries, Inc out 
of Memphis Tenn sells misprints. The cost seems to vary based on 
availabilty and quantity purchased. The cost can be about 10 to 20 cents 
a bag if purchase by the thousands. Sounds like a lot but if you're 
building a house the go fast. Plus I use them to store about everything.
Thus in conclusion, I would have to say my favorite bag is the Single 
roll as from Cal-earth (McDowell sells these as well) but I have started 
using the misprints and I will more than likely stick with these for the 
remainder of the building.
You can contact them at:
McDowell Industries, Inc
711 Linden Ave
P.O.Box 2087
Memphis, Tenn 38101
Phone number: 1-800-354-0242
(ask for Scott Fleuer and tell him Pat from Georgia sent you). I figure 
a few brownie points in the bag business wouldn't hurt!
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