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Now, for fiinishing blockwork, outside rendering.....and balcony decking (possibly Hardpanel compressed sheeting or suchlike).....for decking
Perhaps the steps are not finished yet, or the balcony north short walls, or the fill-in blockwork under the outdoor timber work......complete them before commencing render (and stain all timber before render).......and complete all brick sills remembering to protrude them out from the blockwork using a white cement mix
The top floor balcony will need to have compressed sheeting on the floor first (see at bottom)...before you lay the 1metre high terrace block wall (outdoor dining area)....... it will need to have the compressed sheeting down before you lay the blocks...you lay the blocks on top of the compressed sheeting ( the upstairs terrace....balcony...and outdoor dining area)
complete fill-in blockwork around house
aprox fence height balcony walls...upper and lower
upper balcony wall....after comprssed sheeting on floor is done
You may have noticed that i would render a small section at a time....when you mix the outdoor render, it must consist of consistant and equal volumes of a 4 to 1 mixture and the same volume each time, of the water additive 'plasticiser'
The reason why we must keep consistant,...is for colouring....my advice is to get enough yellow sand delivered in one load as possible to do the whole house, so that there is no variation in sand colour....or alternatively leave the south,..more obscure walls til last
4 shovels (equal size) of yellow sand....to one shovel of white cement......if there are lumps in the white cement...seive it, or dont use it...it will leave white cement lumps in your finished product which looks horrible......keep the sand covered...you dont want cat poos in the mortar
Because it is a long term project....rendering the whole house that is.......joining 2 sections of render together requires you to tape the edge of the previously done section, so as to not smear on the previously done render with smeary trowel marks.....remember you may be an amatuer in all these things.....so it takes time.......and test your capabilities in an obscure place first......and consider this....that you will try and render in the coolest part of the day or in the shadows if possible....the render tends to dry out a slightly different colour if it dries quickly in the sun
Stain or paint all rafters before you render.....in fact all staining near where you intend to render should be done first .....because if you spill stain on the render, you will have to re-render....its no fun ...beleive me..
Tape your window brick sills also, to stop smearing on them as well
Below are 2 vids to remind you of the skill of rendering again...of which you are more than capable