Thursday, 20 May 2010


Trying to sort out the rendering problem is a nightmare. I have conflicting advice from all corners, materials on site that we may not end up using (and they're in our way), facing a minimum of an extra £1300 and a couple of weeks work just to continue with the current guy!

The dilemma is whether or not the mesh needs a backing to it. This is not only to protect the battens from getting wet during rendering (so they swell, and then the resulting shrinkage afterwards cracks the render), but also to stop render falling through the mesh and blocking up the cavity. The acid test I think is whether or not Paul can render a double layer of mesh WITHOUT breaching the cavity with snots of render. If he cant, we will have to take down the beading he's put up, possibly damaging it in the process, rip off all the mesh we put up, line with polythene, then put on two new layers of mesh and re-attach the beads. That amounts to about £700 of materials and a good couple of months work.
As opposed to maybe two weeks work to just stick on another layer of mesh to what's there now.

Anyway, 4.30am tomorrow morning I will be on my way to the Nurburgring with my brother for four days of petrolhead nirvana, hopefully inducing temporary amnesia of the whole house thing.

1 comment:

  1. well I didn't want to say anything as you were doing it on the basis that you seemed to have done your homework and had probably already worked it out, but I was wondering why the battens and then the mesh..
    usually it's mesh straight onto the plastic and render the lot..
    other than that you're going to end up with a render layer at least as deep as the battens...
    why do you want a "void"?
    infill between the battens with foam and re-attach the mesh.. gives the render a backing..
    otherwise it's a thin layer of render re-inforced with mesh..
    one decent football kicked against it and it's going to crack..