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Old 10-05-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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What can you do to a Cinder Block wall?

I am living in a fraternity house that has been around since the 80's so it was built entirely of cinder block. The blocks are still in good shape although the paint is fading. The front of the house has recently been re-done in almost a ski-lodge themed front, however the back of the house's exterior is plain cinder block. Is there anyway you can attach/mount wood panels to a cinder block wall and if not what are some other "cover ups" you can apply to cinder block to make it look better such as stucco?


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Old 10-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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The issues to bear in mind with building a wall over it are that concrete blocks can hold moisture. So there are folks with more experience than I who can say how best to handle that.


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cinder block cover up

Never fer out a block wall for wood on a out side exposure.the whole project will become a termite,ant,spider,moisture,mold,and other bugs that have condo's between block and wood.just pressure wash block wall very clean,let dry completly.You might be able to rent a hopper gun,1.5 gal capacity +- hand held.You will also need an air compressor at least 80psi.Home depot,Lowes,has stucco color,stucco mix.Just make sure the mix will go through a hopper gun.Tell them what your doing.If thats all good,mix the color from HD or lowes with stucco mix as fluid as needed for a stipple finish, about like syrup.You won't need to trowel it.It will leave smooth bumps all over.Do a small section first,get the hang of the trigger on hopper gun,right pressure,the look your after,You can always remove the test areas easy.good luck. Ken

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