To plaster a brick wall, wash the wall, replace damaged mortar, mix plaster, and apply it to the wall. The supplies you need for this one-day project are gloves, water, salt, soap, a scrub brush, a putty knife, masonry caulk, a caulk gun, scissors, drop cloths, plaster, buckets, a ladder and a trowel.Continue Reading
In a bucket, make a paste of dish soap and salt. Add a little water, and mix the solution until it is the same consistency as cream. Apply the mixture to the wall, wait 10 minutes, and work it into the brick with a scrub brush. Rinse the wall thoroughly.
Inspect the wall for chipped and rough mortar. Remove the imperfections with a putty knife, and fill them in with masonry caulk. Put on rubber gloves, then dip one finger in water, and run it over the fresh caulk until the surface is smooth. Let the caulk dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Read the instructions on the plaster tub, and open it. Mix the plaster with water, and put some of it into a small bucket.
Cover the ground with drop cloths. Set a ladder at one end of the wall, and climb it. Bring a trowel and the small plaster bucket with you. Apply a thin layer of plaster, starting at the top of the wall and working down in parallel lines. Move the trowel in upward diagonal strokes. Let the plaster cure for 30 minutes, refill the small plaster bucket, and apply a second coat. Give the plaster six weeks to harden.
To waterproof plaster, prime the wall, and apply a heavy-duty exterior paint. If you don't want to use paint, sand the wall, and apply a light coat of linseed oil to the wall. High-quality paint brushes, primer, paint and linseed oil are handy in the project. Be sure to fix leaks often to prevent water from penetrating the walls and damaging the plaster.Full Answer >
To install stone veneer siding, affix a metal lath on the exterior wall, and apply mortar over the lath and the stones. Attach the stones to the lath, and allow them to set. Remove excess mortar, and use a grout bag to fill the gaps between the stones. Allow the mortar to the dry for a minimum of 48 hours, and finally seal the siding.Full Answer >
To install HardieBacker board, cut the panels to size, screw to the wall with galvanized backer board screws, apply fiberglass tape at the seams and seal the seams with a thin-set mortar. Use a level to ensure the boards are set properly before screwing them in place.Full Answer >
To tile an uneven wall, mark the center, dry-fit the tiles, cut them, mount them with mortar, and apply grout. This three-day process requires a measuring tape, a chalk line, chalk, tiles, a saw, mortar, a trowel, grout, spacers, wedges, a mallet, a grout float, and a grout sponge.Full Answer >