Q:

What are the steps to pebble dash a wall?

A:

Quick Answer

Adding pebble dashing to your exterior walls gives your home or building a natural look. However, you need a couple days of pleasant weather along with a few materials to create pebble dashing: cement, lime, plastic sheeting, sand, several large buckets, trowel and water.

Know More

Full Answer

  1. Mix the pebble dashing

    Mix the lime with water, and leave it covered to hydrate for 24 hours. Then mix 1 part of the slaked lime to 6 parts sand and 1 part cement.

  2. Create the base

    Trowel the mixture onto the wall, keeping it level and using its edge to create a smooth, flat layer of the base. After drying for an hour, rake the surface with a notched trowel to create a grooved surface. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.

  3. Prepare the pebbles

    Rinse the pebbles well, and drain them completely. Put them in a large bucket or a large flat bin.

  4. Create the top coat

    Mix the top coat of 5 parts sand to 1 part slaked lime and 1 part cement. Trowel this onto the wall in a smooth even layer.

  5. Apply the pebbles

    Throw the pebbles at the wall after spreading plastic sheeting below the wall. After getting an even coating, lightly press the pebbles into the wall with the flat of the trowel, and let it dry for 24 hours.

Learn more about Building Materials

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some brands of modular wall-to-wall shelving?

    A:

    There are a wide range of modular wall-to-wall shelving available on the market, with brands that include Vitsoe, Scandinavian Design Center, IKEA and At Work Design. These are some of the quality brands available, according to Apartment Therapy, providing well-designed shelving that's also adjustable to fit homeowners' needs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the steps in laying vinyl flooring?

    A:

    Vinyl flooring is an affordable option for remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, and with some careful planning, can be installed in under a day with beautiful results. The process is made simple by taking accurate measurements, removing the old flooring and filling any cracks or holes, then removing base molding and installing your new vinyl material. After trimming to fit, apply adhesive and let dry under heavy pressure to ensure no air is trapped between the subfloor and the vinyl.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How durable are pre-made concrete steps?

    A:

    Pre-cast or pre-made concrete steps are very durable. This is because they are made in a factory setting, where there is a controlled environment for the entire casting and curing process. Another advantage of pre-made concrete steps are that they are expertly designed without cracks, which makes them more resistant to water seepage.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you cut a mirror in seven steps?

    A:

    To cut a mirror, the surface of the mirror must be scratched where the cut is desired. Pressure must be applied to break the mirror. Items needed to cut a mirror are an uncut mirror, window cleaner, paper towels, a wheel cutter, running pliers and a mirror edge sealant.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore