Jobs in progress   
                 updated April 22, 2014

    Over 15 years of jobs in progress, update #134!  
I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I registered my domain.
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Pebble dash stucco re-done
in the Petworth area of Washington, DC.
Pebble dash stucco re-done in the
                Petworth area of Washington, DC.
Stucco is torn off down to the
                brick in Washington, DC
Eyesore patch by the competition
 
is torn off and hurled into to the pit of lies and deceit from whence it came.

 Stucco is torn off down to the brick.
This mortar is super hard. Most houses done
in this time period were lime and sand.
Even though Portland cement was invented in the 1820's, most stucco in the Washington area
were lime and sand until the 1920's.
This is the second oldest house I have seen with
portland cement.
What is Caenstone ?
The pebble dash kings still
                rock.
What is Caenstone ? Caenstone was a method
of making fake limestone blocks from concrete.
The surface was combed with a wire brush while
the mortar was still green, duplicating limestone
saw cut marks. Caenstone was used widely in Washington in the late 1800's.
I duplicated the caenstone by using a wirebrush on these blocks.
The pebble dash kings still rock.
We have another pebble dash job coming up.

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Stucco resurfaced in the Nation's Capital
 
new color stucco finish which doesn't need
                  painting.
The problem is that the paint starts peeling
right after the house is painted. The original
paint never bonded well to the porous surface.

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The solution is to chip off most of the old paint
and apply a new color stucco finish which
doesn't need painting.
The finish, of course, is REAL Portland cement and REAL sand. The color is from EXPO stucco in San Diego.

See how we did it....
Lath and plaster ceiling replaced in
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Lath and plaster ceiling
              replaced in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Brown coat is
              straightened with a 6 foot rod.
TOP:

White coat (finish coat) is troweled shiny smooth.

TOP RIGHT:


Brown coat is straightened with a 6 foot rod.

RIGHT:

Making a gauge for the finish.
Molding plaster is sifted in to the lime ring on
the mortar board.
Molding plaster is sifted in to the
              lime ring on the mortar board.
 Store front done by the competition re-done
Pentagon City, Alexandria, VA

Store front done by the competition
              re-done Pentagon City, Alexandria, VA

This is the second time this store front needed
major repairs.

 Stucco finish was put on interior drywall,
on the exterior of the building.

It is sad that someone would turn out a product like this. It is a surprise to me that they got away with it.    

We tore of the drywall and put on metal lath and
a cement basecoat.
2 coat veneer plaster skylights.
in Washington, DC

2 coat veneer plaster skylights. in
              Washington, DC
Plaster is water resistent, making
              it an excellent choice for this bathroom skylight.
Plaster can be straightened even though the original framing is crooked.
If you work on old houses, you know what I mean.

The skylight in the bathroom shows a nice curve,
demonstrating the versatility of plaster walls.
Plaster is water resistent, making it an excellent
choice for this bathroom skylight.
Patch and Match in
beautiful, historic, Richmond, Virginia. 

Patch and Match in beautiful,
                historic, Richmond, Virginia.

Some smart person in 1910 put on a home made

plaster stop. This is a piece of REAL galvanized
steel with the bottom flange angled out to the
3/4" wall thickness.

Dash on finish matches on the money.
This prevents flaky bottoms like we fix a lot.

We used our secret fast setting formula to do this

Dash on finish matches on the money.

all in the same day with NO shrinkage cracks.
Water funnel fixed in
Washington, DC
pebble dash
                  stucco repair in Washington, DC
Horizontal tudor trim and window trim never had flashing.
                                      MORE...........

     Beautiful pebble dash stucco  has never been painted on this 1921 house in The District.

The problem was a nagging leak that damaged the plaster under the window constantly.

A leak OVER the window comes out UNDER the
window.

            MORE.............

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