Jobs in progress   
                 updated November 1, 2014


   Almost 16 years of jobs in progress, update #136!   I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I registered my domain.
                              
Sorry for the long delay. I haven't updated my site in a long, long time.
Besides the pressures of the workaholic world, the pictures I have been taking with
my smart phone are terrible-the lens is always covered with dust.
I plan to update frequently like always. Next update will have some interesting jobs including
EIFS replacement with stucco and a interesting new house.

Thanks for reading. Keep checking back.

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Northern Virginia Auto Body
Fairfax, VA
Northern Virginia Auto Body Fairfax, VA
The parapet walls are a quality upgrade from the
                  plans
The city of Fairfax wouldn't let us use a cement finish. In fact, I had to use stucco wrap instead of tar paper. It is incredible how fast synthetic finishes go on. Now I see why the competition
can work  so cheap.
Please check it out.

 The parapet walls are a quality upgrade from the plans. The plans called for 1/2" one-coat stucco, and we used 3/4" portland cement and lime. The parapets are dead straight. We straighted the mortar using a string line.
More details here:
how we built a scaffold in the narrow space
                  between the fence and the wal
Old painted bricks are chipped and prepared fo a
                  scratch coat using an acrylic admixture
The back of the building is 110 feet long and is
mostly covered by this fence. If you are wondering how we built a scaffold in the narrow
space between the fence and the wall, The secret is here:
Old painted bricks are chipped and prepared fo
a scratch coat using an acrylic admixture.
This is a very positive, permanent bond.
More details here:
REAL color stucco addition
in Washington, DC, the Nation's Capital.
  A big stucco addition creates urban space in
                Washington, DC.
The roof is
                covered with plastic and thick masonite

A big stucco addition creates urban space in
Washington, DC.

ABOVE: The roof is covered with plastic and thick masonite before setting up scaffold.
rubbing
                the cement finish down with a rubber float.
 

Salvador's shirt says " I am an artist".


Here he is rubbing the cement finish down
with a rubber float.
Stucco Additions and Remodel
in Falls Church, Virginia
Stucco Additions
              and Remodel in Falls Church, Virginia

Color stucco
              provides a lively contrast to the stone and siding
A tent is built around the air conditioning units
to avoid mortar splatters. These are almost impossible to clean off.
Color stucco provides a lively contrast to the
stone and siding.
Lath and stucco chimney in Falls
              Church, VA.
You may have seen how we do our chimneys before. The metal cap is also covered in lath
 and stucco.

A view of good window sill design.

A view of good window sill design. The sill is angled down with a drip groove at the bottom. a notch at the bottom allows 3/4" stucco to tuck underneath.
Tudor style stucco addition in Washington, DC.
Tudor style
              stucco addition in Washington, DC.
Horizontal tudor members are
              flashed before the tar paper and lath are put on.
This nice old house is The Chevy Chase area of Washington, DC has a well deserved stucco addition. Tom Cole who lives here is the host of "G-Strings", guitar jazz on Sunday morning
on WPFW,  jazz and justice in the Nation's Capital.
Horizontal tudor members are flashed before
the tar paper and lath are put on.
I have been listening to G-Strings for years.
If you like jazz, listener supported WPFW
is the place. You can listen here, or 89.3 FM.
Lath and stucco replaced in Washington, DC.
for Smith, Thomas and Smith.
Lath and stucco replaced in
              Washington, DC. for Smith, Thomas and Smith.
Texture is dashed on and knocked
              down just like the original
TOP:
The wall had deteriorated badly mainly because
some bad guys patched the wall in the past
with interior sheetrock. It required tearing off
the whole wall and doing it over.

TOP RIGHT:

Texture is dashed on and knocked down just
like the original.

RIGHT:
The wall is finished and painted and I hope it
lasts 4,000 years this time.

Lath and stucco replaced in the Glover Park area
              of Washington, DC.
Lath and stucco replaced on this old house in
the Shepherd Park area of Washington, D.C.
Lath and stucco replaced on this
                old house in the Shepherd Park area of Washington, D.C.

Metal lath and an honest 3/4 inch of cement
                mortar
Years of peeling paint and sloppy patches
are torn off. A bad guy also patched this wall
with interior sheetrock.

Metal lath and an honest 3/4 inch of cement
mortar has a finish coat of white portland cement, white lime and Crushed quartz for the finish sand.
Old wood trim at the bottom of
                the wall never had flashing
metal flashing with a drip edge,
                two layers of tar paper, and 3/4" of REAL stucco
Old wood trim at the bottom of the wall never
had flashing, but was worth rescuing.
With pre-bent metal flashing with a drip edge, two layers of tar paper, and 3/4" of REAL stucco, this old house should last forever and a day.
Patch and match
Washington, DC
brick face                  looks just like real brick
Faux limestone
                blocks
My brick face looks just like real brick. I'll use red for the finish next time. I made a scoring tool from an old sawzall blade I found on the ground that worked  well.
Faux limestone blocks were done using 1/4"
automotive type masking tape for the joints.
Old painted block walls were
                stuccoed in Maryland
Old block walls now are straight
                and elegant.
We did this some time ago. Old painted block walls were stuccoed using our chip and bond method.
Old block walls now are straight and elegant.

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