Here is part of a phone conversation I had with Dave, a contractor owner/builder in Colorado who built his own adobe home:
Below is a video I recently made (May, 2020) from an almost 1.5 hour consultation I had with George, a retired home builder. George had a contractor whom he thought was an adobe expert trowel on a new mud plaster to his 1830’s home. Unfortunately, within two weeks or so after the job was completed, it had a catastrophic failure.
George called me, hoping I could help in this unfortunate situation. I knew this situation with George and the unusual circumstances surrounding it was unique and would make an excellent informational video for other mud adobe homeowners that might encounter similar challenges:
Update: Unfortunately, George requested I remove this video because of the possibility of litigation happening because of this sad situation, which is why the link does not work. Hopefully, when this situation is resolved, George will give me the go-ahead to repost the video.
I was disappointed with his request to remove the video; I put an incredible amount of time and effort into the production, and to have to remove it was not something I wanted to do. Worse, George had given me permission to post the video in the first place and understood that it would appear on my Youtube channel. But upon further reflection, both George and his wife felt that, with the potential of looming litigation, it would be unwise to have this situation made public.
George felt bad about his request to have me remove the video as he knew how much time and effort I put into it. He was kind enough to write me the following letter of recommendation as a sort of “olive branch”: