Another job that is necessary, but not on my list of favourites is rendering, the house is only rendered on the front face, the sides and back are bare block, which is accepted as normal in Colombia, however is does leave us with some problems, mainly water ingress, due to bad pointing work, unfortunately this is something I will not be able to remedy, because I can\’t get access to the effected area, due to a security fence we had erected some time ago at the back, as a result, there is not room for a ladder or scaffold, but I want to render what is accessible.
The main area I want to get done, is at the side of the house, called the zona de ropa, or the area that we wash and dry all the washing.
together with the storeroom, we had built at the end of the area, which houses the gas boiler, and gas bottles. There is no door on the storeroom, just a reja or security gate, the idea being to allow air in because of the gas, however originally we were going to have a door, as a result the Builders put sizeable air holes in the wall at head height, which now need filling in. You can just make out to the left of the door the copper pipes, piping the gas back into the kitchen for cooking, this also had to be boxed in, before rendering.
Preparation, I was always taught, was the hardest part of the job, but the most necessary, if you want the job done right, it doesn\’t matter if it is painting, building or woodwork, preparation is key!
I need the walls to be as flat as possible, I am still going rustic, but want smoother than the carport!