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Basic Earthbag Building

4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Producers: Dr. Owen Geiger
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MQ0GQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first part of Basic Earthbag Building provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project. The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together. As a bonus, there are some extra scenes that include Building an Earthbag Dome, an animated Enviro Dome Fly-through and a tour of a Finished Earthbag Roundhouse.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Earthbag Building June 4, 2012
This book has everything the beginning and intermediate earthbag builder needs, it goes over several very important steps in ensuring your build is successful. In today's world everyone thinks that because they watched a YouTube video on a family building an earthbag home that they are now earthbag building masters, this is simply not the case, Owens knowledge is from years of solid building methodology as he in collaboration with other proven innovators in natural building have laid the foundations for how we build today.

Owen Geiger, former Director of Builders Without Borders and Founder and Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building and the Natural Building Blog, has offered one of the best earthbag basics DVD's there is, it is clear and concise and provides exactly what is entitled, solid information without all the Hollywood effects and budget.

I solidly trust Dr. Geiger's work and teaching methods and know that my hard earned money is going to exactly what I need in information and integrity. If you are interested in earthbag homes and are taking the steps to build your own, don't be without this DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says it is June 4, 2012
This is a basic earthbag building guide, which is exactly what the title says. This is for the folks that learn visually as opposed to what they can read online. It puts all of the information scattered across the internet and explains the simple concept in visual depth. Dr. Owen Geiger is a great instructor and I would consider him a philanthropist for all he does on the natural building blog. A wealth of information is shared there.
Basics are something that many people can understand when read, but until they SEE it in action, are scared to take the first step. This video helps those souls to get out there and make a move!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! June 4, 2012
If you are considering building an earth bag building, this DVD is one you definitely want to watch first. It has great step by step instructions. Owen is a great resource in the field and this DVD is well worth the price for the valuable information he delivers. He has the most complete guides to building an earth bag structure that I have seen so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Instructions May 5, 2013
I purchased the DVD and the PDF Book and was very satisfied. Both were informative. Both were instructional but, easy to understand. I HIGHLY recommend these. If your thinking about building or just curious about the process THIS is what you need to see. I give them a 5 star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Video April 14, 2012
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This is a good basic video aimed to help beginners learn the fundamentals of preparing soil, filling bags, tying bags and stacking & tamping. The video doesn't go into much depth beyond that. I was hoping it would touch more on finishes, earthern floors, plumbing & electrical techniques but I suppose these subjects are beyond basic earthbag building. In the video Owen is creating a cool pantry to an existing structure however they never show the completed project. You do get a tour of the roundhouse though which is a definate bonus. Overall, I am happy to have this addition to my instructional video library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book. April 1, 2014
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This book gave lots of information. I will be using some of the suggested techniques in the near future. Wish me luck!
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