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                 updated April 6, 2015


Over 16 years of jobs in progress, update #138!   I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I registered my domain. If you want to find out about plaster and exterior  cement
plaster, also known as stucco, you are in the right place.
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Spanish style stucco addition in Alexandria, Virginia

Spanish style stucco addition in
                Alexandria, Virginia
REAL cement stucco sills
Finished addition. The texture matches on the money.
These sills are REAL cement stucco sills just
like the
original 1917 house. Sills are angled at the top and a gap is left for the drip edge on the
window to function.
the tarpaper overlaps the foundation wall
The brown coat is straightened with a 6 foot
                  rod.
IMPORTANT: Note how the tarpaper overlaps
the foundation wall. A frequently done negligent
thing (FDNT) is to cut the tarpaper off flush with
the bottom of the framing. This could lead to rot of the bottom plate, the horizontal 2 by 4 that is holding up the house.
Note the weep screed at the bottom.
More details here..

 The brown coat is straightened with a 6 foot rod.
The thickness is an honest 3/4"

More details here:
A quick arch is made by cutting a piece of
                  masonite and filling in
What is a Spanish style house without an arch ?
A quick arch is made by cutting a piece of masonite and filling in.

More about this project:
What is a Spanish style house without an arch ?
   
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Badly spalled brick stuccoed in
Manassas, Virginia
 Badly spalled brick stuccoed in Manassas, Virginia
The color is
                "Tumbleweed" from EXPO stucco.
The bricks in this neighborhood are all badly
spalled and have been patched umpteen times.
Stucco is a great solution because mortar bonds
fine to the brick.

The finished wall on the back showing the chimney. The finish is REAL portland cement
and REAL sand. The color is "Tumbleweed" from EXPO stucco.
The arrow
                points to this house across the street we did in 2012
 

The arrow points to this house
across the street we did in 2012

Pebble dash stucco replaced in
Takoma Park, MD.
Pebble dash stucco replaced in
              Takoma Park, MD.
we survived all winter working
              outside in below freezing temperatures
Remember this house we did in 2009? We did the gable,
the chimney and the stairs. Now we are back to do the
bottom floor.
Thanks to these heaters we survived all winter working outside in below freezing temperatures. I really enjoy
working in Takoma Park. It is a unique city.
Stucco Chimney
chimneys is this drip band on the
              top
all our chimneys have coins
              embedded in the top
Typical of our chimneys is this drip band on the top.
We covered the metal cap with metal lath and mortar.
I observed that old chimneys with no drip band on the
top, whether brick or stucco, were usually badly
deteriorated or patched usually several times.
You may have seen that all our chimneys
have coins embedded in the top. One day someone will climb up here and see these.
It is always cool to see old coins on old chimneys.
inside fireplace surround
The inside fireplace surround is done with a slightly
lighter color. The finish is troweled to create a stone like effect.
RIGHT: Reaching ever skyward. We do a lot of stucco chimneys.
We do a lot of stucco chimneys.
Another stucco fireplace
and a pebble dash patch and match in
Washington, DC.
Another interior chimney with
              stucco in Potomac, Maryland.
pebble dash patch and match in
              Washington, DC.

LEFT: Another interior chimney with stucco
in Potomac, Maryland.

TOP: Pebble dash stucco replaced in Washington, DC. We patched to the right of the chimney in
2012.




A rock lath and plaster ceiling replaced
Rockville, Maryland
A rock lath and plaster ceiling
              replaced Rockville, Maryland
Pepsi is used for a retarder.
The old ceiling had buckled and needed replacement.
Pepsi is used for a retarder.
Molding plaster and lime is sifted
              in.
Finished ceiling white coated and
              troweled smooth.
Making a gauge: A lime ring is made and water
poured into the center. Molding plaster and lime is sifted in.
Finished ceiling white coated and troweled smooth.

* notes* Jobs in progress is published with the sincere hope that this information about plastering
will be of benefit  or interest to somebody, anytime, anywhere. I have been making some improvements,
including getting rid of those confusing JavaScript "close this window" buttons. Also, I am adding detailed
page descriptions to my old pages to give them better search engine visibility. I was glad to hear from someone
who found my site with a search for faux granite blocks. I was glad to help a bricklayer with patching a historic
house with my marble dust and white portland formula. He called me to tell me the owners were thrilled with
the results. I am working on a table of contents page. I have been working on it for almost a year, and am over
halfway done. Thanks so much for visiting my site. I'll keep typing if you keep reading.