When a crew gets together to do a repello (stucco) job, they break into two groups. One group will mix the mortar and the second group will place the mortar. When the second group runs out of material, someone will lightheartedly yell out, “MEZCLA!” (mortar mix!), urging the delivery of more mortar. If everyone is getting tired, the mixing crew may yell out, “NO!” or “MANAÑA!” but will of course they will mix as fast as they can. Same goes for a concrete job.
And so it went this last week. Armando, Alex, and new guy Beto started the first coat of repello on the foam building panels that were already in place at the outside of the staircase. While they worked, Aramis and I placed more foam panels. He and I also used our ubiquitous 2″x2″ tubing to make railings at the tops of the walls. We welded short pieces of rebar to the tubing; the rebar will be firmly embedded into the mortar to hold the railing in place:
In the next photo you can see that the first of two coats of repello is completed on the outside of the angle wall. You can also see that Aramis and I have installed panels that will make the loft railing. Note the holes in the panels — Aramis and I welded two-inch pieces of rebar to the container wall and pressed the foam over the pins. Then we welded scrap pieces of flat stock to the rebar and used baling wire to tie the foam panels to the flat stock:
Armando and Beto worked hard while Alex tried to keep up. “MEZCLA!”
Aramis and I stayed ahead of the mud men. After the first coat of mud, we put wooden strips at the edges of the walls. These strips set the thickness of the second coat of mezcla:
Aramis and I installed the panels in the half bath under the stairs:
Meanwhile, the mud men applied the second coat to the big wall:
The big wall came out really well and dead straight:
The backside of the loft railing wall still needs a second coat:
While everyone else was focused on the big wall, I stole away and erected a few foam panels to make a four-foot by eight-foot closet at the far end of the kitchen:
With the mezcla applied to most of the walls, we can now better see the satisfying geometric shapes in this big room. Also, Aramis and I found some time to hang the six sliding door panels in the living room west wall. We still need to order and install the glass. But all in all, we are getting quite close to being able to lock the entire house!
In other news, I am thankful that we have so much inside work during these heaviest rains of the rainy season. By the way, when it stops raining, the water recedes as fast as it came:
And finally, The Trash Report — It has been many months since we have generated any real trash. Here is the spoil from the current job:
And wow, I just noticed that the hit counter at the right of the page has passed the half-million page hits count. The most searched for phrases have been DIY sheet metal brake, cutting shipping container walls, and installing doors and windows in shipping container. I’m happy to have shown people what has to be the hardest way to build a shipping container house!
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.