Wall Leaning

leaning wallThere are many reasons why a boundary wall starts to lean. It could be tree roots that grow and cause heave, thus putting pressure on the wall footings or foundations.

All retaining walls should incorporate weep holes to allow water pressure to be relieved and allows any water to seep through.

It is important to have regular checks on all your boundary and retaining walls to make sure that there is no damage or leaning occurring. A garden wall that collapses can cause serious injury or even death to an unsuspecting person or animal.

Should you find any damage it is very important to have it rectified immediately.

Make sure that the wall is thick enough for its height. The ratio of height and width various around the country and weather conditions and ground conditions.

Different materials will vary and you may have to introduce forms of reinforcements to improve the stability of your walls.

Footing foundationAll walls should have adequate footings, not just shallow trenches with some concrete slopped in it.

Avoid any shortcuts in the erection of your wall or fence, as it can cause serious injury to people or animals should the walls or fences fall.

As your walling or fencing is your first line of defence, you need to ensure that you get the best possible security for your family, property or business.

It is always a good idea to consult with a professional when erecting your boundary walls or fences, and to ensure that it is the best on offer.

Whether you need a free quotation or would like to discuss your requirements, please feel free to give us a call today.

With our many years of experience, and our highly trained consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us to assist you in this endeavour.

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How To Paint a Fence

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Pick a suitable day to do the painting. Certain weather conditions are ideal for fence-painting. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast. Ideally, paint on a day with calm winds and ample cloud cover. Breezes can kick up debris that can stick to your paint job; direct sunlight makes the paint dry too fast and saps its protective properties.

Decide how you want to paint a fence.

Long fence:

  • If you have a long fence, you probably will want to use an industrial spray gun to complete the job quickly. Aim lengthwise, along the grain of the wood. Spray downwind and wear a respirapallisade fence painttor. Be sure to cover plants to protect them from overspray. Always keep a brush handy, even if you opt for a sprayer, in case you need to do any touch-up work.

Short fence:

  • If you have a smaller project, you probably can complete the job using a roller on flat surfaces and a brush for detailed, hard-to-reach sections.

  • Wrought iron fence:  Because they're often intricately designed, it's best to paint iron fences by hand to get optimum coverage. A single heavy coat of enamel or automotive epoxy paint usually is enough

For a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements, please contact Country Wide Walling today

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How to paint a plain precast wall

Painting a plain precast wall can spruce up an area or make it blend in with the rest of the area's décor.

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However, there are some things to consider when painting plain precast walling. You must choose the appropriate type of concrete paint, determine if the wall is sealed from moisture and apply primer prior to painting the wall. Use these tips to paint a plain precast wall.

1. Choose paint for your project.

  • Select paint appropriate for your outdoor project. You will need a paint that is resistant to moisture and sun exposure. Outdoor concrete paint is available for outdoor projects. However, an oil-based paint also may work for your needs.
  • Pick a paint for your indoor paint project. Basement concrete paint is available in many paint and home improvement stores, however you also can use an interior acrylic paint for the project.

2. Clean the precast wall. For exterior projects, use a power washer to rid the wall of all dirt and dust. If your project is indoors, scrub the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush instead of using a power washer.

3. Repair any cracks or blemishes in your precast wall with concrete patch. Follow the directions to mix up the concrete patch mixture. Fill holes and use a trowel to smooth the patch to match the surface of the wall..

4. Check the wall for moisture. Paint applied to a plain precast wall that is not properly sealed will not adhereplain precast wall properly.

  • Tape plastic sheeting to the wall. Attempt to get the sheeting as air-tight as possible.
  • Check the plastic after 24 hours. If moisture appears within the plastic, you will need to seal the wall. If no moisture is present, the plain precast wall is already sealed.

5. Seal the precast wall. Roll on 1 coat of concrete sealer and allow it to dry overnight. Concrete sealer is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

6. Apply 1 coat of concrete primer. You can use rollers or brushes to apply the paint. Ensure the primer is applied evenly, whichever technique you use. Let it dry for 24 hours. If you can see the wall through the primer, apply 1 more coat.

7. Paint your plain precast wall with concrete paint. Paint should be applied in at least 3 thin layers. The paint may be sprayed on, rolled on or painted on with a brush. The paint should not be streaky or show brush strokes. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

8. Roll on concrete paint sealer. Cover with 2 coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Paint sealer helps the paint to adhere to the precast wall and last longer.

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Strategic Planning

planning a wallBoundary walls and fences must be strategically planned to give you the best security you can get for your business or home.

You need to ensure that boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned. Usually neighbours will share the costs involved in erecting a boundary wall or fence, but there are times when one neighbour will refuse to have anything to do with erecting the wall or fence between the two properties.

Make sure that you then erect the wall or fence on your own property. You may need to bring in a surveyor, as the pegs from the original surveyed land will have been removed.

You will still be able to erect your wall or fence, the only requirement will be that you erect it on YOUR property only. In no way must it encroach on an unwilling neighbour’s property, and that includes the foundation which is wider and longer than the wall itself.

The wall or fence will then belong to you only..

Your neighbour is prohibited from doing anything on his side which may threaten the stability of the wall or fence. For instance, he/she may not dig down next to your wall on their side if it will weaken or threaten the stability of the wall.

Should they wish to do some sort of excavation on their side, they will have to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure that will provide lateral support to the wall. A retaining wall will require plans

bad neighbourShould ownership be shared, then the wall will be erected on the boundary of both properties, and all costs will be shared equally. Ownership will also be shared equally.

The ideal foundation should be 1,5m deep and wider than the wall or fence, so that it can provide a strong support for the wall or fence, and it is also an excellent deterrent to anyone attempting to dig under the fence or wall to breach either property.

It is always better to plan well before implementing, as it helps in avoiding any errors which can prove costly if mistakes are made, and the wall or fence has to be broken down and replaced.

If you need advice, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our expert consultants will gladly assist you.

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All is not Lost

before washingYour property is your pride and joy. There is nothing more pleasing than a strong, secure and clean prefab wall.

Over time the walls can become stained and look unsightly and very messy. This gives a bad first impression. No matter how beautiful your home and garden is, your walls must match the aesthetic beauty.

All is not lost.

Though there are many different types of stains, there are ways to remove them and restore the aesthetic beauty of your walls.

It is always best to get trained professionals to assist you in this, as you do not want to damage the walls in any way.

Dirty Walls are very unsightly, and some dirt can be removed by scrubbing with water and detergent, or 1 (one) part hydrochloric acid in 20 (twenty) parts water. Never use acid on a white surface.

Light sandblasting or water-blasting or steam cleaning are also effective methods to remove dirt from your walls.

Sandblasting

If you are considering sandblasting, then it is advisable to get a professional company to clean your walls to avoid doing any damage to the sealants of your walls.

Pressure Washing

A pressure wash can help with grass, dust, dirt or stains, and you do not need to worry about doing any damage to the walls as precast concrete walls are very durable.

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A simple hand-wash is a very effective way to remove dust and grime from walls, and detergent and water are a perfect mixture for this, with the added benefit that it is readily available.

Don’t use commercial products you don’t know. It must be something gentle like detergent, or you could wind up grinding dirt into your walls.

Never hand-wash unsealed surfaces, it could mean disaster for your walls.

Remember, your walls are the first thing people see when coming to your property, and first impressions are lasting impressions. Make it a good impression.

For all your needs regarding concrete or prefab concrete walls and fences, please feel free to contact us today to request a free quotation, or to speak to one of our highly trained consultants.

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