HardieBacker Building Question - What About Windows?

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HardieBacker Building Question - What About Windows?
Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, April 03, 2017 1:45 AM

Aloha All!

I tried to make a building as described by Mr. Cameron Charles in the April 2017 issue of GR.  I got a piece of scrap, borrowed the angel grinder, marked out doors and windows, and set-to.  Based on advice from another forum, I also tried using a fence to keep longer cuts straight.

Leaving aside "straight" is relative, I had a real issue with the windows.  The grider is too big for the windows I had in mind; the Dremel doesn't have the "oomph" to be the primary cutting tool.  i decided to halt while the project was nominally salvageable and seek furhter advice.

I am inclinded to simply make bigger windows, each roughly the size of the grinding wheel's diameter.  The building would look guilty, but, at this point, this is a salvage operation in addition to a technique experiment. Is there a more elegant solution I may be overlooking?

 

Thanks!

Eric

 

 

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Posted by ttrigg on Monday, April 03, 2017 2:30 AM

Eric

My one and only attempt was a bit successful. Instead of cuting out the doors and windows, I drilled them out. 1/8 inch drill bit every 1/8 (or so) inch spacing along the window edge. Second 'drilling', place the drill bit in an existing hole and wobble left and right to about 45 drgrees baisically connecting the existing holes. Then slice through the remaining material with a heavy duty box knife. Final edge clean up with a small file. I thought it was good for a first attempt, but, CFO said"NO". You do good in plastic and wood, stay there.

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 1:23 AM

Tom,

Thanks.  I'll use this trick to salvage what I have, hopefully by this weekend.  Teh resulting building will fill space, and I won't weep if the kids break this one!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Next try will be foam.

 

Aloha,

Eric

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:30 AM

Tom,

FYI, total bust.  I must've had too few holes, and I snapped wall.  I can still salvage this, as I planned to plank over the walls, anyway.  The process was not as easy as i had thought it might be, and I am not sure I will use it again absent acquiring a saw to cut out windows and doors.  Worth a try, cost me nothing, taught me something, and, in the end, will provide a building (Though by the time I am done filing, it may be O scale Sad.)

In the meantime, my Hotwire Foam Factory kit arrived today, so my options have expanded!  I have sheets of styrofoam to practive on before plunging into EPS.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:12 AM

Furtive progress continued over the weekend...

  1. Filed windows and doors smoother. 
  2. Planked over teh exposed HardieBacker using craft sticks.  Naturally, the local craft store didn't have the same size I started with...I left some overlap over the window and door cuttings for a relatively straight and vertical or horizontal edge.  I'll glue trim on later to make it look solid.  Trim will also go over the gaps where one craft stick ends and another begins.
  3. Cut out most of the windows and door openings.

I'll try to get some window panes and doors cut and the whole lot painted and trimmed.  This is not shaping up to be a thing of beauty, but it is shaping up to be a building.  Oh, and it is still PLAYMOBIL sized, so it is still relativel "G Scale.

I'll post pictures when this is done.  There is not much to learn from grinder / file / Dremel follies!

 

Aloha,

Eric

 

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Posted by smcgill on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:08 PM

   plastic light grid

Some people have used these (found in the big box stores) to simulate pains, or have used wire mesh

     

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:58 PM
Neat! I have access to both in my scrap heap of failed and / or finished household projects! Let me see how they size up with my windows! Mahalo!
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 3:00 AM
This week's valuable lesson...Label how you want your walls to go together, and things will line up a lot better. I forgot the peaked walls were to have gone inside the side walls, which left my intended roof line agog. More thought, more wood strips from the craft store, and more glue later, and I have another "save." I have too much time invested in what has been a lesson through errors to stop now! There will be a house - a crooked one, perhaps - a the end of this!
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, May 15, 2017 12:56 AM

Quick Update:

  1. Windows cut from some plastic I had lying around. I will glue them to the inside of the walls, having deliberately left some overhang from my planking for this purpose (Yay!  One element of pre-planning worked!). I tried to use strips of white duct tape to represent the mullions.  Nope...
  2. Had a "good think" today on how to fix my roof line.  My inclination was to go with what I had, but it would've been obviously  off kilter.  Instead, I scored the beams that are overhaning too much, with the intention of sanding them down to match the non-overhanging side.  Then, I'll replank the whole lot to obfuscate the whole kapakahi mess.
  3. Got some cheap sandpaper to represent tiles / tar for when I do roof this, and I scrounged out my last solar garden light for installation in the roof.  This particular model, unfortunately, does not allow for easy disaassmbly, so I'll just bore a hold in the completed roof and silicon it in place.  This inelegant solution worked for a pair of buildings my father-in-law built.

So, from hoping to whip up a quick hardiebacker, I have actually have had to learn about glues, my Dremel, and project damage control!

Have a great week!

Aloha,

Eric

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, June 02, 2017 1:11 AM
Update: Planked and ready for painting. The project lurches along...

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