Quick! What takes 36 ninety-four pound sacks of Portland cement, about eight yards of sand, and three weeks of work by one 29-year-old guy and a 60-something-year-old guy?
Answer: The two coats of repello (stucco) on the M2 (foam building panels) interior partitions in the two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and the laundry room in the container #4 area of the house.
We are finally done and today, other than sweeping and washing the floors at the rental house, while Cyn did the laundry, I took the day off! Armando will be cutting grass at the rental and at the new house for the next few days so I will have some time to finish smaller projects such as the outside bathroom door and my sheet metal bending brake.
To bring this part of our shipping container house to a close, here are some photos of the repello process:
Armando brings a wheelbarrow full of mortar into the house and shovels it into the box above on the plank:
Then he gets a trowel full of mortar…
and spreads it on the wall:
Rinse and repeat:
Here is the laundry room second coated and the mortar cleaned from the electric switch and receptacle boxes:
The next photo was taken from the second bedroom looking into the laundry room on the left. I’m really pleased how dead flat and straight the 15-foot long wall turned out. For this wall we started at 6:00 a.m. and finished at 5:00 p.m.
Also, you can see the detail of how the door frames connect with the wall. We still have to smooth the edge where the repello meets the door frame; we’ll use a paste of cement and water smoothed on with a trowel.
The door frames are massively strong and are completely connected to the repello-ed wall; they aren’t going anywhere! The door detail in the next picture is in the master bathroom. Some of the bathroom wall is smooth for paint; we left the rest of the wall slightly rough and ready for tile or to be covered with a large mirror:
With these interior walls ready for paint or tile, this big chunk of the building is now behind us. Cynthia and I find ourselves walking through the rooms talking about color and decoration. How exciting!
Next I plan to complete installing the metal ceiling panels and move on to the floors and windows. It is starting to look like a house!
That’s all for now, more soon!