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                     Almost 14 years of jobs in progress, update #126!  
             
Jobs in progress contains some 400+ pages. Here, you will find a wealth of information on the world's oldest building trade, plaster, both interior plaster, and exterior cement plaster, also known as stucco. Please click on the last update button for more.

Historic renovation of Capitol Hill 7th Day Adventist Church
in  Washington, DC. Dome re-stuccoed.
Historic stucco renovation in Washington, DC
  TOP:  Where the old stucco has been painted,
we chip the wall every 2 or 3 inches and
apply a basecoat with a bonding admixture.
RIGHT: Loose areas were torn off showing
deteriorated gypsum block (gypblock).
We repaired the gypblock before the stucco
application.
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Deteriorated gypsum block.
scaffold around the dome.
Real stucco finish on dome in Washington, DC.
     A view of the scaffold. The brown coat is finished, waiting for the finish coat.
The finish coat material is white portland cement, lime, and white sand.
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Historic renovation of Capitol Hill 7th Day Adventist Church
in  Washington, DC. Front balcony walls redone.
Old stucco removed on balconies.
Old stucco removed on balconies.
Off with the bad, and on with the good.

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Several layers of patches are torn off to the
old brick.

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Weeps, or drain pipes are put in.
Weeps, or drain pipes are put in.
Weeps, or drain pipes are put in. The main reason for the stucco failing was water running into the wall from the slab above. The weeps should protect the wall for years.
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The loose areas are removed, and the hard areas are chipped up for re-coating. The weeps are angled down for good drainage.
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Historic renovation of Capitol Hill 7th Day Adventist Church
in  Washington, DC. Inside plaster repaired.
scaffold is built spanning the pews,

Inside plaster repaired in Washington, DC
A scaffold is built spanning the pews, allowing worship services to continue during the renovation.

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Plaster is peeling off and falling into the sanctuary below. Now with the cupola replaced, and the dome re-stuccoed, we can
repair the ceiling.
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plaster weld used to repair plaster

Historic plaster renovation in Washington, DC
The loose areas were scraped off and painted with Plaster Weld before filling with molding plaster and lime.
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The patches are filled in with new plaster.
It looks like 1910 again.

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                                                        Patch and match Alexandria, Virginia
Stucco repair in
              Alexandria,Virginia drip edge on this roof was put on backwards
Loose area under the window was caused by
a failed window sill. We repaired the sill before patching.
The drip edge on this roof was put on backwards, causing water to run behind the
wall. We corrected the drip as well as patched the stucco.
stucco arch repaired in Alexandria,
              VA
drip edge corrected in Alexandria,
              Virginia
The arch in front is was also a victim of a backwards drip edge.If you know Alexandria, you may know where this is. We're across the street from Misha's coffee house.
Here we corrected the drip edge in the front. After tearing out years of sloppy patches, I think we got to the root of the problem.
More Patch and match in Arlington, Virginia
decorative
                stucco band in Arlington, Virginia
stucco repair Arlington, Virginia                          
A decorative band is made to cover the bottom of this stucco wall. Have an ugly bottom ? Try a decorative band.
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The patches around the windows were torn
out and re-done with the same dash on texture. Someone used interior plaster for the patches and they were falling apart.

All for now. We started a big house in the Foxhall Road area and finished two more stucco additions. We have some color plaster to do, as well as decorative concrete coatings.
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