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                         15th anniversary!!

                 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.
                                 Jobs in Progress number 1 is still here.
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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Cool stucco fire pit and seat in
Arlington, VA.
Cool
                  stucco fire pit and seat in Arlington, VA.
Curved
                  seat starts out as blocks.

The fire pit is heated with a gas log and is
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 half channel iron
                  and metal lath. off. in Arlington, Virginia
Bricks
                  are used for the fire pit to allow a tighter radius.
The seat itself is made using inch and a half
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.

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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.
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Stucco addition on a Spanish style house
in Chevy Chase.
  Stucco addition on a
                  Spanish style house in Chevy Chase.
Stucco arches and decorative cast columns accent
                  the Spanish style in Chevy Chase Maryland
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.
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Stucco arches and decorative cast columns accent the Spanish style.

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Spanish
                  texture adds a dreamy movement and depth to the
                  appearance of the wall
A close up
                  of the Spanish texture on the old stucco house.

Spanish texture adds a dreamy movement and depth to the appearance of the wall.

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A close up of the Spanish texture on the old house. The Spanish texture reminds me of Southern California.
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Historic aggregated stucco finish
  Afton, Virginia

Green glass and different colors of rocks are seeded
              in this addition in Afton, Virginia

Historic aggregated
              stucco finish Afton, Virginia
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 pride.
The addition was brown coated and abandoned by a
                stucco contractor
I matched the rock color fairly
              close and screened the rocks to size.
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.
 Retaining walls done by the competition re-done
Washington, DC

Retaining walls done by the
              competition re-done Washington, DC
synthetic stucco finish
Serpent like retaining walls are re-stuccoed.
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 and retaining walls stuccoed to match
in Washington, DC

Garage and retaining walls stuccoed
              to match in Washington, DC
Stucco on concrete retaining wall.
A close up of the dash on texture
              on this Wardman house in Washington DC
TOP LEFT: Garage walls finished
ABOVE: Stucco on concrete retaining wall.
LEFT:
     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.
Basement on this old house
livened up with white pebble dash stucco.
Chevy Chase 
white pebble dash stucco. Chevy
                Chase

These basement
walls on this old
house in Chevy
Chase look right
at home with
a pebble dash
finish.
Plaster
We're repairing a lot of plaster
                in Washington DC
We're patching a lot of plaster these days seeing how it is cold outside.
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.

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