Jobs in progress
updated January 22, 2014
15 years of jobs in progress, update #133!
I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I registered my domain.
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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.
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|The fire pit is heated with a gas log
filled with gravel.
See how we did it.
| Curved seat starts out as blocks.
See how we did it.
|The seat itself is made using inch and a
channel iron and metal lath. Here an piece of corner rite, a strip of lath bent at an angle, is
used to reinforce the seat and the backrest.
|Bricks are used for the fire pit to
allow a tighter radius.
No, we aren't bricklayers. We only lay bricks
when they get stuccoed over and don't matter
much what they look like.
|This Spanish style house has a Spanish
tile roof and a Spanish texture. You can't get much
more Spanish than this without going to Spain.
|Stucco arches and
decorative cast columns accent the Spanish
See how we did it....
|Spanish texture adds a dreamy movement
and depth to the appearance of the wall.
|A close up of the Spanish texture on the
old house. The Spanish texture reminds me of Southern
|A view of the old house shows different
colored rocks and crushed green glass embedded in
the stucco. The old glass was made from wine
bottles broken up and screened to size.
||Another satisfied customer poses with
|The addition was brown coated and
abandoned by a stucco contractor. I guess he
chickened out on
putting on the finish. Fortunately, the brown coat was neat and straight and well done.
Note my heater, if you are wondering how we do this in the winter.
|I matched the rock color fairly close and
screened the rocks to size. I used stained glass
instead of wine bottles. I got a reflective green glass
from Jed at Washington Art Glass.
|Serpent like retaining walls are
You can see my heater in the background.
The finish coat is white portland cement and white sand. The white sand is medium grit crushed quartz .
|Eight year old synthetic stucco finish is
badly deteriorated. The whole house can be peeled off with
your fingernail. This material, when applied over a cement
basecoat lasts less than 8 years. This
practice should stop!
We replaced it with REAL cement and REAL sand.
Garage walls finished
ABOVE: Stucco on concrete retaining wall.
A close up of the dash on texture on this
Wardman house. Wardman built a lot of
houses and over 20 apartment buildings in Washington in the 1920's and 30's.
He invented the Wardman ceiling, a method of
applying metal lath and plaster to cast in place concrete.
Wardman made a fortune and lost a fortune.
He died right after being evicted from one of the
buildings he built. More about Wardman in the future.
walls on this old
house in Chevy
Chase look right
at home with
a pebble dash
|We're patching a lot
of plaster these days seeing how it is cold
Here, metal lath
is screwed over the old wood lath.
We never reuse the
wood and only use REAL plaster and not drywall materials like easy sand and compound.
Molding plaster and lime allows same day completion.