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Fresh perspective on an old method

Plaster Brick NZ Ltd’s Anthony Elisara answered Building Today’s call for feedback on Part 1 of our Exteriors feature last month. He says his company differs from most plasterers (this is all they do, and they finish a house every two days). He explains the system, which he says is a reliable and durable way to complete a plastered finished home. Plaster Brick NZ Ltd is a reliable plastering system which enables the new home owner to have a beautiful plastered home of su...
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Cavities vital in exterior cladding

For most claddings, any drained and vented cavity is formed by fi xing approximately 20mm thick battens vertically over the wall underlay to the studs to provide a free draining void or space behind the cladding.  The only place where full length horizontal battens are used is at the top of the wall to block the top of the cavity to prevent air fl ow into the roof space, or at horizontal movement control joints to support the top of the lower sheet, provided the fl ashing bridges the cavit...
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