Feb 07, 2008 10:54 pm
Hello. I am doing a complete reno and came across two problems regarding the concrete walls and roof in my 1960's apartment.
1. The whole apartment is encased in concrete. And I think it must be related to how concrete was initially poured, when you look at the walls carefully, it's just not straight. I looks kinda "wavey", if you know what I mean. Not dead flat like villa boards, for example. The builder said not much can be done about it other than to add villa boards to cover the wall, because putty, for example, simply doesn't stick to concrete so there is no way to make the wall dead flat. Is this true?
2. The roof has this very coarse granny, sandy, beady quality to its texture. Builder said there is no (reasonably priced) way (as in, for a few hundred dollars) to sand this flat. Is this true? Why can't it be sanded with a portable sanding machine? I don't understand.
Thanks for any help you can give, guys.
Re: make concrete wall smooth and flat2
Feb 08, 2008 8:30 am
Sure it's concrete and not solid plaster.
Unless you're really patient I doubt you'll get it flat by filling and sanding.
One soultion would be to rip it down and plaster again = $$$
Plaster over the top = not as many $$$ but issues with doors architraves etc.
IMO, fill and sand any obvious dips and cracks then just paint it. Nobody will look that closely at it in an older place.
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