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"Preserving Architectural Heritage and Community Traditions in New Mexico and the Southwest"


Adobe Conservation Handbook
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Cornerstones' richly illustrated guide, Adobe Conservation--A Preservation Handbook, 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 time tested techniques.

Subjects include:

  • architectural styles and materials
  • tools and equipment
  • materials and supplies
  • emergency shoring
  • moisture testing in adobe walls
  • material selection
  • mixing and testing
  • making adobe bricks
  • repairing and rebuilding adobe walls
  • repairing cracks in adobe walls
  • mud and lime plastering
  • earthen and lime finishes
  • removing contra paredes
  • repairing corbels
  • inspecting vigas and corbels
  • splicing vigas
  • compliance with State and Federal cultural resource protection legislation
  • glossary of terms
  • bibliography