How to Make Cement Board

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How to Make Cement Board
Coconut fibres strengthen cement boards. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Cement board is heavier and slightly more expensive than drywall or plasterboard, but it is more durable and lasts a lot longer. Protect your walls from balls or other objects flying through the air and breaking your walls. With a few items from your local hardware store, you can make these boards at home.

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Things you need

  • 4-foot by 6-foot plywood sheet
  • Table saw
  • ½-inch wood planks
  • ¾-inch wood screws
  • Cement mix
  • Portable cement mixer
  • Coconut fibre
  • Cement leveller

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  1. 1

    Cut a 4-foot by 6-foot plywood sheet. Use a table saw. Place half-inch wood planks along the edges of the plywood sheet. Nail the half-inch planks using 3/4-inch wood screws. That is the cement board mould.

  2. 2

    Pour 2.27kg. of cement mix and 1 gallon of water into a portable cement mixer. Add 10 cups of coconut fibre. The coconut fibre reinforces the concrete.

  3. 3

    Power on the cement mixer and let it mix for 1 hour.

  4. 4

    Pour the cement and fibre mixture into the plywood cement mould. Fill the mould until the cement is the same level as the planks.

  5. 5

    Smooth the cement with a cement leveller. Run the cement leveller over the top surface removing excess cement.

  6. 6

    Let the cement board dry for seven days. Remove the cement board from the cement mould. It is now ready to use.

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