Help Me Make Adobe! - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-01-2005, 05:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
Charles Baudelaire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 2,882
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay, I'd love to build a smallish adobe wall, but here's the thing: I've only done it as a kid a looooooooooooooong time ago, and to be honest, I remember the process, but not the "recipe" for making adobe bricks that actually last.

Tips? Pointers, anyone?
Charles Baudelaire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-03-2005, 02:12 AM
 
OceanMomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: south of somewhere
Posts: 2,204
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
adobe ( & cob ) are both made of a mix of clay & sand & water & straw. There's some good cob books around like one by becky Bee whose title I can't remember. Probably a good place to start. It has recipes in & all sort of tips & pointers.

Making cob or adobe last on a wall, you need to protect it from the elements. It will need a good foundation & a little roof possibly. Unless if is somewhere sheltered. You can earth plaster it with lime in the plaster to help protect it too. I would avoid putting cement in the mix.

If you want to do an adobe wall, you'll need to make a mould for your bricks & leave them to cure for a while before laying them.
OceanMomma is offline  
Old 06-05-2005, 08:53 PM
 
stretchmark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: in my deepest intuition
Posts: 1,948
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I should know, I live in adobe-ville- New
Mexico.
There are actually seveal recipes and each has different strengths and weaknesses.
My house is adobe and is made from the clay-soil that was dug out from the crawl-space. They added some straw and some even have a bit of rock in them. I think in the old old days they may have even added manure.
I do know that adobe is not as warm as straw-clay since adobes have less straw in them.
I've built with both straw-bale and cob but never adobes which seems crazy.
Search on adobes brick recipes and see what you come up with.

Sorry that doesn't really help.
stretchmark is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off