Making Adobe Bricks

Making adobe bricks is demanding in many ways, but when you've finished building a wall or a house, all the more satisfying in the end.



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You can perform a fairly accurate soil test by filling a jar with 1/3 earth and 2/3 water. Then shake the jar and let it settle overnight. In the morning, measure the thickness of the layers.
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Place your adobe brick mold on newspaper.
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Adobe is an economical building material to use in almost any environment. 
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With this apparatus you can conduct a simple compression test.
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Cover the curing bricks to prevent cracking from rapid drying.
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Two possible mold designs for making adobe bricks.
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Then fill the form with the mud mixture and cover it with more newspapers.
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