Studs form walls and may carry vertical structural loads or be non load-bearing such as in partition walls which only separate spaces. They hold in place the windows, doors, interior finish, exterior sheathing or siding, insulation and utilities and help give shape to a building. Studs run from sill plate to wall plate. In modern construction studs are fastened to the plates in a way, such as using ties, to prevent the building from being lifted off the foundation by severe wind or earthquake.
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An existing surface must be able to hold the rendering material in place even after it dries. Cement rendering, which is a mixture of lime, clay, cement, and sand, is best applied to cement surfaces. This can include sidewalks and retaining walls.
For other surfaces, such as painted brick, you might choose an acrylic rendering. This includes acrylic materials added to that cement mixture, which has a stronger adhesion. Acrylic rendering is often chosen for the exterior of brick homes, or for a crumbling chimney.
You may be able to manage a basic cement rendering of a basement area if you’re not overly concerned with the finished appearance of the rendering itself. However, rendering is often more difficult than you may realise, as you need to mix the cement materials together in the right ratio so that they stick to the surface being rendered. You also need to apply the rendering properly so that it doesn’t become too thick, or show lots of swirls and grooves. The rendering also needs to dry properly before it is painted, so that the paint doesn’t just smear and streak. This is why it’s often good to leave most rendering jobs to the professionals.
Once the rendering dries, it can then be painted virtually any colour. This will prevent it from looking like drab concrete, and even give you the chance to enhance the appearance of any surface with an updated, fresh colour.
A home’s interior can be rendered, with a layer of cement or acrylic rendering added over a wall or floor. The rendering can then be painted, as mentioned. This can cover over cracks and stains in a wall and give them added strength against future cracks. A rendered floor is also very strong and very hygienic, as it won’t hold dust and dirt or other debris as easily as carpeting or floor tiles that have lots of pits and pores.