- Margaret asks: How can I determine if my home is "double adobe"?
Your location will have an influence on the answer to this question.
In some locations such as Santa Fe, NM, "double adobe" simply refers
to laying adobes widthwise in the wall so that the wall width is the
length of the adobe: 14 or 16 inches not counting plaster. Real estate
agents seem especially fond of using this terminology. Verification
can be done with a ruler. A 10-inch wall or 12-inch including plaster
inside and out would not be double.
In other locations such as southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico,
"double adobe" indicates that two widths, wythes, of adobe are used so
that a wall would be twenty, twenty four, twenty eight or more inches
in thickness using combinations of 10 x 14 adobes. A 16-inch wall
would qualify an old house using 8 x 16 adobes laid in two wythes.
Some "double adobes" have two independent adobe walls with an airspace
I personally only use "double adobe" to refer to two wythes.