All kids love to play with balloons. Some like them at birthday parties some like them in bounce houses. Nolie Scheid, 14 years old, from Eugene dreams of having his own balloon home. On a sunny day in Oregon he gathered the few materials needed; Vinyl, wood, tape, and set out to make his dream [...]
Stuccoing ICF By: Herb Nordmeyer, author of The Stucco Book—The Basics There are two general types of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), the forms that will burn readily and those that will not burn as readily. The latter are usually EPS beads encased in a cementitious paste. The former are EPS, XPS, or urethane that either [...]
By: Herb Nordmeyer We hear a lot of talk about one-coat stucco. It is less expensive than three-coat stucco. But is it as good as three-coat stucco? The answer is a definite “Maybe.” Then the serious question is asked, How can I achieve a quality one-coat stucco job? One-coat stucco’s are not listed in the [...]
Which Lime Is Best? By: Herb Nordmeyer, author of The Stucco Book—The Basics We have all heard that mixing lime with Portland cement makes an excellent mortar or stucco, but which lime is best? In answering that question, we have identified the different products that are sold as lime and explained why they are appropriate [...]
By Sylvia Scheid I was fortunate to be able to visit with Herb Nordmeyer as he was beginning this series of books about stucco. To some small degree I am proud of the fact that I actually encouraged him to share his knowledge on the subject gained from his career and several generations before him. [...]
By Ted Uram Power to the People When last we left Andrew Bui, an engineer with Engineers Without Borders, he was in Guatemala trying to build a ferrocement water tank for the people of San Lorenzo. But they had run into some problems…
Dion Battles of Vertical Concrete Creations tells his story about his new career path as decorative concrete artist.
I was new to the mortar sprayer, so I was unsure of the speed it would sling plaster onto the wall. After about Day 2 we had the rhythm down, and then we danced! Pre- mortar sprayer, I was sure this job would take much longer than it did as I was well aware the scratch coat on straw bales eats a large quantity of material. Just getting it on the wall is a lot of work and time.