Adobe in Action's Tool Lending Library

Borrow a wheelbarrow from our tool lending library.

Borrow a wheelbarrow from our tool lending library.


At Adobe in Action we recommend basic hand tools and small power tools for the majority of owner builder projects. We do not think it is necessary for every owner builder to own the tools needed to build an adobe home. To that end, we have established a tool lending library which grows larger with each project we complete. We encourage owner builders who borrow and use our tools to make a small donation to Adobe in Action to help maintain and grow our tool collection.


Step 1: Decide if our current tool stock meets your needs

  • 50 (6-brick) wooden adobe molds (for making standard New Mexican 10" X 14" X 3.5" adobe bricks)
  • 10 long-handled, pointed-tip shovels (for moving dry soil and aggregate)
  • 10 long-handled, square-tip shovels (for moving dry soil and aggregate)
  • 5 short-handled, square-tip shovels (for moving wet adobe mixes to the molds and mortar to the wall)
  • 10 long-handled, mortar hoes (for mixing adobe brick and mortar materials)
  • 10 heavy-duty, 3-gallon rubber buckets (for moving water, dry soil and aggregate and wet adobe mixes)
  • 4 heavy-duty wheelbarrows (for transporting wet adobe brick mixes/mortars/plasters and cured adobe bricks)
  • 4 metal mixing troughs with stands (for waist-height hand mixing of large quantities of adobe brick mixes/mortars/plasters)
  • 3 heavy-duty sledgehammers (for breaking up soil clumps and foundation work)
  • 3 pick axes (for breaking ground during foundation digs)
  • 2 large 1/2" soil screens (for screening soil and aggregate for adobe brick production)
  • 2 large 1/4" soil screens (for screening soil and aggregate for earthen plaster production)
  • 5 heavy-duty water barrels (for storing mixing water on site)
  • 2 heavy-duty cordless power drills (for various wood assembly tasks)
  • 5 carpenter's hammers (for various wood assembly tasks)
  • 10 plaster trowels (for applying earthen and lime plasters)
  • 10 plaster hawks (for applying earthen and lime plasters)
  • 1 pneumatic nail gun (for wood lintel and wood bond beam assembly)
  • 1 electric leaf mulcher (for chopping straw for adobe brick and plaster mixes
  • 1 air-powered mortar sprayer (for applying earthen and lime plasters to walls)
  • 2 adobe hand saws (for cutting adobe bricks)

Step 2: Use this form to inquire about borrowing tools for your project

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