Pebbledash visions

[This is by Sarah, not Jemima, in case you think she’s gone mad]

When I think of pebbledashed walls, and how they are made, I envisage a machine of the sort that fires tennis balls over the net so people can practice their strokes. I imagine people spreading soft concrete on the side of a house then hiding round the corner as someone very strong fires a pebbling machine, rather like a super-sized machine gun, waving it about until the whole wall is covered.

When I mentioned this picture to Jemima the other day, she laughed.

Well, I have looked up pebbledashing in our DIY Book (the sort that you could knock out burglars with), and discovered this advice on repairing a patch of pebbledash:

“Mix 1 part cement-paint powder with 3 parts plasterer’s sharp sand. Stir in 1 measure of bonding agent diluted with 3 parts water to form a thick creamy paste. Load the banister brush and scrub the paste onto the bare surface… while this is still wet, fling pebbles onto the surface from a dustpan.”

Not so silly afterall, eh?

8 Replies to “Pebbledash visions”

  1. In the little village where I grew up there was a pebbledashed house on the main road, and I always thought it was really ugly, particularly as most other houses were made from Cotswold stone. Well, one day, I saw they were starting building work on it, and to my surprise it turned out they were building a Cotswold stone house around the pebbledashed house. Presumably when they had finished they went inside and knocked down the old pabbledashed walls inside, so were left with a new house without having had to remove the old house first. Very clever. I don’t know why they did it, I always assumed it was because the pebbledash was so ugly they couldn’t bear it, and so I held these unknown owners in great regard for some years whenever I passed the house.

    Not a lot happened in our village.

  2. Message really for Jemima not Sarah,

    Get Out Quick, I fear for your safety, Sarah may try to practice her pebbledashing on you!!!!!
    Otherwise, I reccommend taking her to a padded white cell where she can be put under constant supervision.

  3. I am a plasterer and landscape Architecture student involved in a
    student projects which requires the treatment of a bare cynderblock
    wall which about 5meters tall that forms part of a residential square.
    The wall stands out against the ocher earth-toned plaster of the couryard housing, which forms the East and West ends of the square.
    My thought was to apply a pebbledash treatment to the North wall section with a lime rich cement render. the texture I am thinking will allow Ivy to easily climb the wall. Pebble dash is highly uncommon here in New
    Mexico as is ivy growing up walls.

  4. We have ivy growing over the front of a1930’s pebbledash house.Will it damage the pebbledash? Should it be removed.It is attractive but we are concerned about damage.It has bee there about 10 years.
    Angela

  5. I have NO idea. Perhaps Ian will come back and give us the answer. I’m not going to ask Sarah in case it gets her started again…

  6. Ivy digs in to lime mortar with its little hooks for stability but only to a shallow depth and its weight is spread over a broad surface
    so I don’t think it should damage pebbledash. Rather it seems like a great armature for a vertical vegetative wall.

  7. Ivy, it’s nice but a curse. We had Ivy roots grow right through the exterior render into the house…in through the roof and under the suspended floor. It took us 3 hard days labour to remove it. It will find it’s way in in time… The walls of our house are over 2 feet thick and it was scary seeing all the roots inside when we took the lath down. The wall was wet and damp. With the Ivy gone the house can breath again :)

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