On Hold

Stories My Father Told

During his father’s later years, Herb spent many hours with him with a tape recorder and asking him questions about his life. Some of those stories have been transcribed and are on file with the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas. As time allows, more stories will be transcribed, edited, and formatted for publication.

The Stucco Book – Backyard Stuccoing

The major complaint concerning The Stucco Book – The Basics is that it was not designed exclusively for backyard projects. This book would correct that.

The Stucco Book – Forensics and Repairs

The name explains what the book is about. We see numerous repairs which were made after someone diagnosed the cause of the stucco failure incorrectly, so when the repair is made, the stucco fails again.

The Stucco Book – Creative Stuccoing

One can create boulders from stucco and have moss growing on them within a few months. Stucco walls can be carved to look like stone, brick, or a shiplap board wall. Stucco can be used to create a split rail fence, or hundreds of other things. Using basalt rebar rather than steel rebar, the creative stucco can last for generations.

The ACMV Book

ACMV goes by number of different names. ACMV stands for Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer. Within the past decade, ASTM developed standards, but the standards are deficient. For example, there is freeze-thaw testing, but that testing is on the core material, not the surface where most failures occur. Herb fought to obtain an excellent standard, but was out voted by those who just wanted a standard. The book is about half-written but was put aside for the work which needed to be done in Haiti.

Straw Bale Construction

Herb has built several straw bale homes and has developed a number of innovations which improve the homes. Additionally, he has served as a consultant on many straw bale homes. He has all of the notes for writing a book, but not the time.

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