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.
|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:
|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
a scratch coat using an acrylic admixture.
This is a very positive, permanent bond.
More details here:
A big stucco addition creates urban space in
ABOVE: The roof is covered with plastic and thick masonite before setting up scaffold.
Salvador's shirt says " I am an artist".
Here he is rubbing the cement finish down
with a rubber float.
|A tent is built around the air
to avoid mortar splatters. These are almost impossible to clean off.
|Color stucco provides a lively contrast to
stone and siding.
You may have seen how we do our chimneys before. The metal cap is also covered in lath
|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
|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
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.
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.
Texture is dashed on and knocked down just
like the original.
The wall is finished and painted and I hope it
lasts 4,000 years this time.
|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
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
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.
|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
automotive type masking tape for the joints.
|We did this some time ago. Old painted
block walls were stuccoed using our chip and bond
||Old block walls now are straight and