NOW AVAILABLE ONCE AGAIN IN A NEWLY PRINTED EDITION
Cornerstones is very excited to offer our richly illustrated guide, which is acknowledged as the best source for expert, field-tested information on the care and maintenance of historic adobe buildings—from small vernacular structures to the great Spanish Colonial missions. As a true “how-to” manual, it presents a user-friendly and straightforward approach to the assessment, maintenance, preservation and restoration of earthen buildings based on traditional techniques and methods.
“The preservation and maintenance of adobe structures is vitally important to the cultural landscape of New Mexico, the southwest and northern Mexico,” says Jake Barrow, Executive Director, Cornerstones. “We get so many requests for help from people wanting to preserve an old adobe that we realized we had to get the Handbook back into print.”
PART ONE: TERMINOLOGY AND TOOLS
19 Architectural Style and Materials
29 Architectural Terminology
39 Tools, Equipment, Materials and Supplies
45 Archaeological Sites and Burial Grounds
47 Safety on the Job
PART TWO: ALL ABOUT ADOBE
51 Interpreting Sources, Processes and Effects of Deterioration
57 Emergency Shoring
63 Moisture Testing in Adobe Walls
67 Monitoring Cracks in Adobe Walls
71 Adobe Material Selection, Mixing and Testing
77 Making Adobe Bricks
PART THREE: HOW TO PROCEED
85 Installing a Subsurface Drainage System
91 Removing Cement Plaster
95 Removing a Concrete Contra Pared
99 Repairing and Restoring Adobe Walls
101 Basal Repairs and Stabilization
107 Repairing Erosion and Structural Cracks in Adobe Walls
111 Reconstructing Adobe Walls
117 Lintel Repair, Replacement and Installation
127 Mud Plastering
133 Lime Plastering
143 Earthen and Lime Finishes
149 Repairing, Removing and Installing Wood Floors
155 Installing Earthen Floors
159 Inspecting Vigas and Corbels
165 Repairing Vigas and Corbels
175 Cleaning the Attic
179 Earthen Roofs
191 Extending the Eaves
195 Metal Roofs
203 Installing Wood Shingles and Shakes
214 About Cornerstones Community Partnerships
The purchase price for Adobe Conservation is $34.95, plus shipping. To order, contact Cornerstones Community Partnerships at 505-982-9521 or email Karen Kuranz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Save Your Adobe Home in the Event of a Flood Disaster
The bilingual (English and Spanish) manual is the result of Cornerstones’ emergency response to homeowners in Hatch, NM when monsoons of 2006 resulted in extremely destructive flooding, causing extensive water damage to nearly 400 adobe homes, most of which dated to the early 20th century. Two to three feet of water filled homes, which submerged the adobe walls for 48 to 72 hours and acted as an accelerator that produced a wall deterioration rate that normally occurs in adobe houses over several decades, not days. The manual provides a much more favorable alternative to tearing down flood-damaged homes and having residents live in temporary housing until structures are rebuilt.
The materials used to compile the manual are time-tested and based on decades of combined adobe experience. Cornerstones’ technical staff has worked with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Anthrolopologie e Historia, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, New Mexico State Monuments, the State Historic Preservation Office, the National Park Service and communities throughout the Southwest to preserve historic earthen architecture.
The manual is a practical, visual resource with illustrations of procedures and techniques. Specifically, the manual addresses the materials and methods that will result in a successful restoration of flood-damaged adobe structures, such as mold mitigation and wall base repairs.
This manual was made possible through Grant MT-2210-07-NC-03 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).
This manual is available for $10.00, shipping and handling. Limited quantities. Please call 505-982-8521 to order your copy.