These last two days, we have created lots of narrow strip of cement boards, and then nailed and glued them up on the exterior wall to build up the second layer of the weather and fire resistant cement panel coverings.
We first took 7 sheets of cement boards, sliced them down into 275mm wide strips (producing 28 pieces), and then passed them through the router on both long edges to form a groove and tongue edges respectively. After that, we went around starting at the front of the building in the Utility Room corner, and then worked clockwise round the perimeter of the building, skipping the doors and windows as before. We finished with just one complete strip left over and lots of smaller pieces – that was close!
Tomorrow, we will go around gluing and nailing the second layer of the top-plate timber on top of the wall, both the 89mm width timber on the outer leg and the 63mm width timber on the inner leg, and at last, we will do the third line of the cement panel to complete the whole wall.