EIFS replaced with stucco
in Potomac

Here's how we did it :

Rotted trim was wrapped with aluminum wrap

Road to rot and failure !

Rotted trim was wrapped with aluminum wrap. Sides are filled with lightweight backer foam that absorbs and traps water against the bare wood. Top of wrap doesn't have flashing. Water is trapped by the caulking at the foam sill.

New flashing is put on over the windows and sealed with protecto wrap.

New flashing is put on over the windows and sealed with protecto wrap. The sides of the windows are also sealed with protecto wrap.

back side of the window is sealed by folding over the protecto wrap.

The back side of the window is sealed by folding over the protecto wrap. Protecto wrap is nice and wide, allowing a good overlap with the tar paper.

New counter flashing is put around the roof intersections

New counter flashing is put around the roof intersections and sealed with protecto wrap. We drilled weep holes in the plaster stop and overlapped the flashing.

Water was trapped against the trim by these foam details

The original house had no flashing over any of the windows or doors. Most of trim had been replaced or covered with aluminum wrap. Water was trapped against the trim by these foam details.

New flashing.

New flashing is put on and sealed with tape or protecto wrap.

Holes are cut into the gutter helmet and  kick out flashings

Holes are cut into the gutter helmet and kick out flashings are put on.

water table sill.

I cut flagstone into 6 by 12 inch pieces for the water table sill. Believe it or not, the stone at the bottom didn't have any tar paper behind it. Sure don't build them like they used to.

smart boy's drainage system

The stones are covered with plastic and tape before mortar is put on. Here is another view of smart boy's drainage system.

Cheap looking metal cap is covered with lath and cement mortar.

Cheap looking metal cap is covered with lath and cement mortar. The metal cap rattles in a strong wind.

Wall is straightened by setting a horizontal screed.

Wall is straightened by setting a horizontal screed every 6 feet with a string line.

Wall is rodded off with a 6 foot rod.

Wall is rodded off with a 6 foot rod. These walls are straight. No wavy gravy here !

Keystones are set.

Keystones are set but drilling a hole in the back with a hammer drill.

stones to be hung like a picture.

Screws are put in to allow the stones to be hung like a picture.

Stones are set using mortar.

Stones are set using mortar with a lot of flex con, a bonding admixture, in the mortar.

A tool I made to mark off the arches.

A tool I made to mark off the arches with a pencil.

Arches are formed.

Arches are formed using quarter inch by inch and a half wood strips at the top, and one bys on the side. Metal lath is nailed on.

The first projection, or step, is filled with white portland and white sand

The first projection, or step, is filled with white portland and white sand to a 3/4 inch thickness. The top is scored for a key.

The bottom of the second projection is formed using a hardwood one by one.

The bottom of the second projection is formed using a hardwood one by one. That is 3/4 inch square. We use PVC in the summer. The PVC snaps easily in cold weather.

he bands are left white

The bands are left white and the wall is finished with a color. We had to use a highly toxic synthetic finish to match the neighbor hood.

nasty EIFS garbage.

Another house rescued from nasty EIFS garbage.

coins on top of the chimneys

And of course, we always put coins on top of the chimneys.

We just beat the snow.

We just beat the snow getting out of here.

flagstone chimney shoulders.

Another of my trademarks, are these flagstone chimney shoulders.