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ADOBE OR SUN-DRIED BRICK FOR FARM
BUILDINGS
By T. A. H. MILLER, formerly agricultural engineer, Division of Plans and Service,
Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering
Contents
Page Page
Relation to climatic conditions.--- 3 Foundations------8----------- 8
Kinds of soil-------------------- 3 Windows and doors-------------- 11
Making the brick -------------- 4 Outside and inside wall coatings-- 12
Forms ------------------- 4 Outside treatments ---- ----- 12
Size of rick ...-.............. 4
Size of brinckg t oil- ----- 4 Inside treatments------ - 15
Preparing the soil------------- 4
Molding the brick---- ---- 6 Roofs -- ---- --- 16
Curing------------------ - 6 Chimneys--------------------- 17
Rate of work--- ---------- 7 Boundary walls----------------- 17
Method of laying brick--_-------- 7 Additional information-- ______-- 18
A DOBE, as a building material, has been employed in the southwestern
part of the United States since the time of the early
Spanish settlers. It consists of a mixture of clayey loam, straw or
Figure I.-Sun-dried brick used in building walls. The chimney and fireplace are
of the same material.
other suitable bonding material, and water. When dried it becomes
hard and durable.
In the United States the use of sun-dried brick (fig. 1), which is
described and recommended in this bulletin, has almost entirely replaced
the older custom of piling the mud in layers on the wall.
'Revised by E. G. Molander, senior agricultural engineer, Division of Farm
Buildings and Rural Housing, Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural
Engineering, Agricultural Research Administration.
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Miller, T. A. H. (Thomas Arrington Huntington), 1885- & Molander, Edward G. Adobe or sun-dried brick for farm buildings., book, August 1949; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5880/m1/3/ocr/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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