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 Posted: Mon Dec 16th, 2013 01:23 pm
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taken at Chaco canyon:
http://jeremylawsonblog.com/image/70178453075
for the detail-obsessed crowd. Jose.



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Not detailed obsessed, but still a good photo for providing some inspiration.  Adobe was quite often used in the west and southwest since is was so readily available and easy to work with.  Basically just mud and straw sun-baked into bricks, and plastered over so the building didn't melt away in the rain.

I've already made one building resembling adobe, and am working on a few more for my future 35n2 layout.



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Jose, thanks for that fine view. I have been there and other obscure places in NM and AZ. Adobe brickwork is harder to do than one might think. That's why I prefer to slather stucco all over my structures and maybe leave a little area here & there showing bricks. At least that's my story.

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Adobe brickwork is harder to do than one might think

Seems that a careful amount of deliberate sloppiness is needed...
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Naw, just drink while you work.  Before you know that wall will be all over the place.

I once built a small wall from adobe.  Not much different than working with large blocks.  It does feel kind of like a slow process since you have to mix the mud, pour into forms, then let dry for a week or so.  So it's a continuous process of making bricks, letting a batch dry, and laying the bricks.  Make bricks, dry bricks, lay bricks, and so on...



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Michael: what's the purpose of the small pieces between the bricks?. Filler?. Pieces that broke from the bricks?.
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The wall I built I just used more mud/adobe as mortar between the courses.  But, yes if you do have broken bricks you can just stick in pieces wherever you need to assuming you are going to stucco over it anyway.  There is an additive that will make adobe waterproof (emulsified asphalt), but I don't think it made its way into construction until the 1970s or 1980s.



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Here's an old photo of a "crumbling" adobe building from the old Mogollon Railway.



This was an old horse stable which was converted to become a repair shop for trucks. Note how the walls are falling down, some of this was actually done by Mother Nature since this was outside for several years. As I recall, I built this from 1/4" foam board with Durham's water putty slathered on.

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Looks like Mother Nature gave that building some real character. 

Behr makes some waterproofing paints.



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I talked to some one who made adobe bricks and built a house and he said to use motor oil to make it water proof not a lot in each brick but enough to make it weather resistant



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