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
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.
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.
Power on the cement mixer and let it mix for 1 hour.
Pour the cement and fibre mixture into the plywood cement mould. Fill the mould until the cement is the same level as the planks.
Smooth the cement with a cement leveller. Run the cement leveller over the top surface removing excess cement.
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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