Adobe refers to the mixture of available soil and water to create bricks and mortar, as well as the homes made of those bricks. Adobe is an inexpensive and ecologically sound home-building material. It is traditionally associated with the Southwestern United States, but adobe can and has been utilized nearly anywhere in the world. To make adobe more secure, many people take measures to waterproof the material.

Adobe buildings can be simple or include intricate designs.

Step 1

Attach the netting to the adobe with the hammer and fence staples.

Step 2

Fill one bucket with 5 gallons of water, another with 2.5 gallons of water, four with sand, and the remaining two with cement.

Step 3

Clean the mixer and pour about 3.5 gallons of water from the first bucket into it. After a moment, add two buckets of sand, and then slowly add one bucket of cement.

Step 4

Add more cement if the mixture is soupy. If the mixture is too thick, add more water. Mix until the stucco has the consistency of toothpaste and there are no lumps, adding water as necessary.

Step 5

Pour the remaining sand into the mixture, adding water as it becomes thicker. Test the mixture by removing some of the cement with a long-handled ladle, pouring it onto a steel trowel and tipping it. If the mixture slides off before the trowel is at a 40 degree angle, it is too wet. If it does not slide off, it is ready to apply.

Step 6

Attach the sprayer and slowly apply the stucco to the surface of the building. Allow the stucco to dry. Look for areas where the coating of stucco is too thin (for example, if you can see the outline of the netting) and apply another coat of stucco, if necessary.