Jobs in progress
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.
Thanks for reading. Keep checking back.
Please read my notes
|Finished addition. The texture matches
on the money.
||These sills are REAL cement stucco sills
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.
|IMPORTANT: Note how the tarpaper
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.
More about this project:
|What is a Spanish style house without an
More details here:
|The bricks in this neighborhood are all
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
|Remember this house we did in 2009?
We did the gable,
the chimney and the stairs. Now we are back to do the
|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.
|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.
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.
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
|The old ceiling had
buckled and needed replacement.
||Pepsi is used for a
|Making a gauge: A lime ring is made and
poured into the center. Molding plaster and lime is sifted in.
|Finished ceiling white coated and troweled