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updated October 12, 2013
Over 14 years of jobs in progress, update #131!
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.
Please keep checking back. We have finished more unique projects, it was just too much for now.
LEFT: Cast concrete silo, waiting for the stone water
table and roof before we proceed.
TOP: Finished project shows random stone placement and a Spanish texture.
See how I did it.
A close up view of the texture.
Please click here or on the pictures to see how we did it.
|The surface of the cast concrete is roughed
electric chipping hammers to ensure a good bond.
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|Color is made
using paint tint.
The finish has a slight sandy texture.
Plaster on curves avoids the ripple potato chip
look like you see in drywall. Also, the surface
is durable and resists nicks and chips.
hard veneer basecoat is put on extra thick to round off
This stairway is shaped like a four story pencil.
Outside corners are bullnosed for a softer appearance.
A view from the third floor looking up.
routine stucco addition, I think our
seventh for Whitcomb and Carrocio.
Photo shows an excellent window sill design.
The back of the sill is notched to the stucco thickness, and the bottom of the sill is angled
down with a drip groove for good water runoff.
Peel and stick flashing lines the inside of the window opening.
|The top is
flashed correctly, angling the
flashing down. The sides are capped.
No, we didn't tear off the tyvek.
The flashing is then overlapped with a layer of tarpaper, before applying metal lath.
|The finish is White portland and white sand.
The addition was painted with masonry paint after
it set up for 30 days.
|The root of the problem. Downspouts are
up with leaves and even tree roots, causing
water to run out of the joints and eventually
damaging the stucco.
A tree is growing out of the top.
|We patched the stucco and put the
The white coat is troweled smooth on this
ceiling replacement in Alexandria.
More about this project and others next time.