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Getting plastered

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Started plastering the interior walls of the house this week.   Clay, mortar sand, water and chopped straw mixed together.  Goes on looking grey and once dry should be a taupe colour
First coat is a layer of slip – clay, water and mortar sand – that is mud consistency.   This gets brought in by bucket and and scooped up and smacked on to the straw by hand.   Second coat follows behind that which has the straw added to create a consistency that’s similar to making a hamburger.   Grabbed it by hand and smear over the first coat.

Finished west and north wall with two coats on.

Someone follows behind with a trowel smoothing out the plaster.

Crew at work getting the second coat on the north wall and others getting the first coat on the east wall

Once the first and second coats are on its left for a week to dry before the final inside coat is sprayed on for a clean finish.  Unlike lime plaster or concrete plaster there will be no cracking and fixing any damage to the wall requires just a bit of mud and straw.

Just a bit of the south wall to finish off. Guy in the middle flew in from the UK to work in return for knowledge from my builder, Deirdre who he is talking to.




Written by dcveale13

August 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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  1. Geez. I got so excited when I saw the heading ‘getting plastered’……

    But hey! It’s looking great! You must be thrilled! I can’t wait to see the finished product! If I buy land in PEI would you consider a working vacation? 🙂 We would love to build our own place as well…..and yours looks like it will be very cozy.

    Hope you’re lovin life right now Cameron! (how’s yer ankle?)



    August 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    • Hope you guys do get to PEI next summer. I’ll bring a hammer


      August 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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