The Stucco Book – The Basics

Everything you need to know for a perfect conventional stucco job,
written in a fun-to-read style.
By: Herb Nordmeyer

From the Preface:

“My friends tell me I should write a book about stucco. My clients tell me I should write a book about stucco. I look at the internet and find that I am a leading expert on stucco. Seriously, I have been in the construction materials business for most of my life. My father and his father were in similar businesses, and as I was growing up, I listened and remembered when my father talked. This has given me about 90 years of experience to draw on.

“Often I do not remember some of these experiences until someone asks a question, then it comes flooding back. An example is the plastering of the ceiling in the Edinburg, Texas, Railroad Depot. It was being redone for use by the Chamber of Commerce. The plaster had little red and blue flecks in it. When these flecks were mentioned to me, I remembered that my father had told me that when he was a teenager, they were building the depot and someone had brought one-eighth-inch pieces of red and blue thread from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and that they had mixed it in with the final coat of plaster.”

About the book

The Stucco Book – The Basics was published February 2012, and is available from It may be ordered from the major book stores, but that usually delays delivery about a week or so. Due to my schedule, we do not sell the book from this site because it would periodically result in delays in customers getting their copies.

Comments by Reviewers:

Herb Nordmeyer is one of the industry experts I go to when I need technical assistance.  He has the ability to take a complex subject and explain it so anyone can understand it.  Last night I started reading a draft copy of The Stucco Book – The Basics, and could not put it down.  Besides being chock full of information, it is written in a humorous style.  Have you ever read a construction book that was interesting to read?  This one is.  While reading the book, it felt like Herb was sitting in the room talking directly to me as I read the book.  I’ve never had such a special gift before.
Nolan Scheid,

As I was reviewing The Stucco Book – The Basics, I heard that Andy Rooney had died.  I never met Andy, but in reading his writings and listening to him talk, he could make me uncomfortable and at the same time like him all the more, because he was a man who could tell the truth in a more constructive manner than many others.  He not only thoroughly knew what he is talking about, but he also cared very deeply.  I’ve known Herb for a number of years and find that, like Andy, he thoroughly knows and cares about any subject he addresses.  He is not afraid to poke fun at himself for the mistakes he has made gaining experience and wisdom.  If you are a caring professional involved with stucco, this is a must-read book.  If you have the good fortune to know or to meet Herb Nordmeyer, you will have no doubt that he not only knows his subject, but he also cares deeply about it.
John H. Koester,  Founder and CEO of Masonry Technology

Sylvia Scheid posted a review on the Mortar Sprayer website that is definitely worth reading.  

Homes for Jubilee

A Manual for Building Disaster-Resistant Homes for those who have nothing.
By: Herb Nordmeyer & David South

This is a manual for building the Eco-Shell Dome in third-world countries. While costs will vary from country to country, and from area to area within a country, in 2016 we were able to build a 314 square foot home for a material cost of $2,800 US.

Kay pou Jubilee

Homes for Jubilee was translated into Haitian Creole with the title Kay pou Jubilee.

Quality Concrete from Crap

Production techniques to create quality concrete from less-than-ideal materials.
By: Herb Nordmeyer

When building in Haiti we found that it was difficult to obtain or produce quality concrete because much of the raw materials did not meet any specification. As a result, while working in the slum of Jubilee, we developed a technique to develop quality concrete from less-than-ideal materials. The book covers those techniques and explains the process behind the technique so a contractor, if he finds materials with other problems, can solve those problems.

An engineer who read the book described it as the best engineering book she had ever read. First, it was written with an 8th grade reading level so all engineers and anyone else who wanted to read it, could understand it. Second, it assumed that not everything would be perfect at the job site.

Kalite Beton Kaka

Quality Concrete from Crap was translated into Haitian Creole with the title Kalite Beton Kaka.

Homes for Jubilee, Kay pou Jubilee, Quality Concrete from Crap, and Kalite Beton Kaka are available from

These books were written to support an intense 5-day course which we developed concerning building disaster-resistant homes. If you are interested in this course, go to the Contact Us page and leave a message, including email and phone number. Your contract information will not be posted on this website.

The covers of each of the books on this page, except for The Stucco Book were created by Deborah M. Salinas.

If you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive Herb’s periodic reports concerning Haiti, go to the contact page and send him an email. Include the word Haiti on the subject line.


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