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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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.
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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
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
|What is Caenstone ? Caenstone was a
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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|The problem is that the paint starts
right after the house is painted. The original
paint never bonded well to the porous surface.
|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....
White coat (finish coat) is troweled shiny smooth.
Brown coat is straightened with a 6 foot rod.
Making a gauge for the finish.
Molding plaster is sifted in to the lime ring on
the mortar board.
This is the second time this store front needed
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.
|Plaster can be
straightened even though the original framing is
If you work on old houses, you know what I mean.
|The skylight in the bathroom shows a
demonstrating the versatility of plaster walls.
Plaster is water resistent, making it an excellent
choice for this bathroom skylight.
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.
|This prevents flaky bottoms like we fix
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.
Horizontal tudor trim and window trim never had flashing.
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