The adobe is a material of ancient construction that is easy to make and very durable. Some of the oldest buildings existing on the planet with its adobe structures. Adobe buildings also offer significant advantages in hot, dry climates; because they remain cooler during the day and warmer at night, this is because the adobe blocks store and release heat very slowly.
- Prepare a place where you go to work and an area in which the bricks can be dried for a time – up to two weeks, possibly.
- Prepare a well use to mix the sand, mud and water. One way to do this is to get about 20 cement blocks and accommodate them in a box, two layers deep. Then lines the inside of the pit with a heavy-duty canvas.
- Holds a “jar test” to determine soil quality. Fill a glass (or plastic bottle – make sure it’s transparent) to half the sample mixture. Fill in the rest of the glass with water. Shake vigorously for about one minute, then let stand overnight. The next day, the mixture has settled in different layers. At the bottom of the glass materials have larger – sand and small stones – with smaller particles in the upper layers. The upper band is clay. Ideally, the three bands are approximately the same size. If the sample has more than one third of sand (bottom layer), you may not need to add more sand to your adobe.
- Calculate the volume of the wall.
- Get materials.
- Create a mold to make bricks. A typical form is made by two bolts 2 x 4, which are 96 “long. Note that a typical pin is actually 1.5” (3.8 cm) x 3.5 “(8.8 cm), so the lengths are odd (25.5”, for example).