Interior Walls ~ Part 4

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.

You can read about building interior walls in our shipping container house at these links: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 

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:

Obviously this photo and the next few are of applying the first coat.

Then he gets a trowel full of mortar…

and spreads it on the wall:

Rinse and repeat:

Although very rewarding when the job is done, this is wicked, wickedly strenuous work for all arm and leg muscles. Add in all the other muscles, too, as the job requires keeping one’s balance on the 2″x10″ plank and not falling into the wheelbarrow below!

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!


12 thoughts on “Interior Walls ~ Part 4

  1. Bravo to you and Armando — NOT easy to get all that stucco that flat … what fun to be planning things like color and decoration … all the best as we follow your progress!

  2. While you say this work is exhausting, all I see in the photos is Armando working while you seem to be spending your time behind the camera lens! I rarely see a photo of you at work. Why is this? Cyn needs to be cracking the whip!

    • Ah geez, you caught me at my game. And I’ve been so careful to keep my hammock out of the pictures.

      Actually, Armando is just this neighborhood kid that I hire to pose in the pictures. Like an actor. I’ve been doing 100% of the work all along!

      Now let’s see if you can persuade me that YOU do any work back there on your ranch!

      Thanks for the comment, Robin, nice to see your name on my blog. Fred

  3. Hello Fred,

    You and Armando are amazing!! But really, I must comend your dog for the great job he is doing supervizing the two of you. It is tough to crak the whip between naps….lol

    God Bless.

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