Now that I'm at the texturing phase I'm really excited about working on it. Was nervous to start as this is my first attempt and I'm just using Sakrete's stucco scratch coat mix. Boy I would like to give this a go with the buttery mixes you pro's use. I don't know what to add to a basic 3:1 sand mix to get it to stick overhead in the "cave" section. I'm a member of Nathan's VA site and read all the comments from others searching for the components as well.
I was thinking to try to add a bit more cement and perhaps some lime or Fire Clay available at Home Depot to try to get it a little stickier. Not needing thickness for texture inside...just want it to be smooth for the kids.
Yes...I did because I had a large amount left over from previous construction work I've done. Both 1/2 and 3/4 in diameter. So it was handy, free, galvanized and easy to bend. This won't be as strong as rebar but strong enough when encased in the concrete shell. I can jump on it without any flex since the concrete ends up about 3 to 5 in thick.
Not easy to tie the mesh or the "bars" together though. The ridges on rebar all the structure to lock tight to themselves and the wire doesn't slide like it does on the conduit. But worked out fine and my wife was happy I didn't spend money on more materials while using up the growing waste pile all contractors seem to accumulate.
The armature is really neat. I hadn't considered using conduit until I saw this picture with you using it. Thank you!
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