Our Philippine House Project – Finishing (Plastering)

Our Philippine Home Job – Ending (Plastering)

The ending (plastering, stuccoing) of  the crude hollow block concrete walls is the system which addresses up a multitude of development sins and starts to convert the rough shell into a completed household.  Finishing takes advantage of a combination of cement and screened sand to build a easy, paintable wall.  Here’s the details of finishing our Philippine residence.



Personnel start out by laying out a network of information strings to be certain that the completed wall will be flat.  During the course of action, about 3/4″ of finishing will be applied, initial rough programs to stage the wall and then ever more clean remaining coats.  Lots time and cement are consumed.

Finishing - more

Ending – a lot more

It is this system of ending which tends to make me definitely respect the Filipino system of design.  My workers are rather skilled at their finishing function.  I labored at restoring previous residences in the U.S.  We constantly experimented with to use plaster somewhat than sheet rock when we could find the money for it.  Plastering, in particular about wooden lath, produces wall surfaces and interiors with character and visible desire whereas sheet rock is a also-perfect machine and relatively flimsy produced area, specially for a historic house.  We referred to the “curse of sheetrock”.

To do the plastering in the U.S., we experienced to find out specialized personnel and resources.  The wages compensated were steep and the excellent of the get the job done occasionally not as superior as that delivered by my Philippine personnel.  When I review my Philippine residence to U.S. homes developed of 2×4 or 2×6 studs, sheet rock and T-111, to me it feels like the Philippine home is so significantly additional substantial.

It would seem to take my crew three masons and 1 or two helpers about three times to complete a bedroom.  We job that the dwelling will be completed, inside and out by mid-July.

Finishing (plastering, stuccoing) the outside of the house

Ending (plastering, stuccoing) the outside of the dwelling

Finishing - first steps

Finishing – initially actions

This photo offers perception into how the wall finishing proceeds.  First strings are utilized to determine the last complete degree.  The vertical bands you see on this wall are set by these string traces.  Then the areas amongst the vertical guides are stuffed with cement mortar — in this scenario tons of cement mortar.  Once this roughing sets, the wall is ready for the smooth complete coats – see the shots earlier mentioned.


Cross section of finished wall

Cross segment of finished wall

This picture shows a cross segment of a completed wall.  On the outside (the two) is the cement finishing, next is the exterior of the hollow block, in the center is the concrete filling of the hollow block.  This an exterior wall crafted of 6″ hollow block.  If we ever built another home (never ever!) we’d use all 6″ block.

Making use of masonry putty

Sanding, the remaining ending of the concrete wall

Once the finishing is entire, the walls have to be left to remedy for about a thirty day period.  Then the concrete ending can be neutralized and a closing coat of masonry putty used and sanded easy to deal with any compact imperfections and hairline cracks that acquire as the cement finishing treated.  That’s in the painting section.