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    Building your own brick wall

    Well first off we shall start off with rendering off your wall as it just so happens that I forgot to take a picture yesterday of them bricking it up, that bit can be added at a later date, I mean it's not as though you lot are desperately in need of learning how to be a brick layer, although in the UK you can earn a lot of money laying bricks, but here reckon on 250baht perday and your raking the dosh in.

    In this example we used tiger cement, infact we always use tiger cement although there are cheaper flavours, here in Thailand we mix this 2 fine sand to 1 cement, chuck in some water and stir it all up, chuck some water on the wall to be rendered and then start slapping the cement on there.


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    Once your wall is covered in cement get it to a reasonably level finish and leave it for a while, yep tea break time, now after an exceptionally long tea break get your level out and knock off all the high points, dampen it down again and smooth in some render on the low points, yep nearly finished but it's time again to let the old render harden off a bit and get another cup of tea, or if it's lunch time nip off down the pub for a couple of beers, stagger back to the site, spray a little bit of water onto the old render and go for the final finish, got it all nice and smooth now, so stick a foam pad on your float, it has to be slightly damp and run that over your new render to pick up any excess sand.


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    So, after everything is smooth, when should the paint hit the cement?

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    Well this one we shall paint tomorrow, it was rendered today, normally that doesn't happen though but this is only a small job.

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    What about wrapping the cement in plastic. Why is this done? i mean plastic is for food or...

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    It's to keep it damp longer, normally it's just done to beams, if the beams dry out to quick they loose there strength, with beams we just hose erm down a couple of times perday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    In this example we used tiger cement, infact we always use tiger cement although there are cheaper flavours, here in Thailand we mix this 2 fine sand to 1 cement, chuck in some water and stir it all up, chuck some water on the wall to be rendered and then start slapping the cement on there.

    I understand 2 parts of sand to 1 part of cement but what is the amount of water consider to be chuck? And it that in terms of unit weight or the volume? I know workers aren't too scientific when it comes to working with mortar but I was just curious what mix they use. Thanks.

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