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                 updated August 24, 2015


Over 16 years of jobs in progress, update #140!   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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Veneer Plaster in this historic house

in Rockville, Maryland

Plaster walls and ceilings- Knock on the wall quality !
plastering this historic house in Rockville, Maryland.
Plaster walls and ceilings-
Knock on the wall quality !
White coat is troweled so slick you can see the reflection of the window. We're plastering this historic house in Rockville, Maryland.
Veneer plaster starts off with blue board

self stick fiberglass tape
Veneer plaster starts off with blue board.
No, this isn't blue mold resistant sheet rock or
green water resistant sheet rock.


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 They make a self stick fiberglass tape for this
but I quit using it because I am afraid of joint
cracking. I worked for companies years ago that
only used the staple on kind of tape. The self stick tape doesn't allow mortar to get behind the tape for reinforcement. Here I am using paper tape and durabond 90.
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Veneer plaster basecoat
This allows the plaster to finish flush to the
                  jamb
Veneer plaster basecoat is incredibly hard for as thin as it is. First we scratch in the joints and then coat the whole wall.

More about this project:
The door jambs are set first before the board
is hung. This allows the plaster to finish flush
to the jamb so the trim lays flat. Also the
doors have a nice solid thunk when they
are closed like a heavy door on an old car.

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Stucco additions and remodeling for Case Design
 Taking down the scaffold
arches and details are formed and filled with
                  solid mortar
Taking down the scaffold. We took over the job
from a contractor that was kicked off.

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The arches and details are formed and filled
with solid mortar. The original house has foam.
I just can't force myself to work with flimsy
foam.

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brown coat looked like a bunch of kids did it
 The sills are formed and filled the same way
                      will solid cement mortar
This brown coat looked like a bunch of kids did
it, no offense to kids. This is my competition for you.
See how we straightened it out...
The sills are formed and filled the same way
will solid cement mortar. Foam has
been proven to absorb and trap water under windows.
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Real cement stucco
                   in Northeast Washington, DC
Siding is pulled off
Real cement stucco in Northeast
              Washington, DC
Siding is pulled off showing most of the top
floor had painted stucco that would have still been in good shape, except it was beaten up real bad by putting on furring and siding.
The old stucco was re-coated. Also, a porch addition and the dormers were lathed and stuccoed.
chipping and bonding method
new flashing is put on
You may have seen our chipping and bonding method before. The wall was chipped every 3 inches or so and a bonding coat is applied using
portland cement mortar and a chemical bonding admixture.
The old stucco was cut off just over the porch line
and new flashing is put on. Later the flashing is overlapped with stucco.
we always re-do the chimney
taking down the scaffold
Of course, we always re-do the chimney.
We're taking down the scaffold on another finished project.
The pebble dash kings rock
in Leesburg, Virginia
The pebble dash kings rock in
              Leesburg, Virginia
This nearly 100 year old house has the stucco replaced on two sides.
Deteriorated metal lath is the
              culprit of the stucco failing
Deteriorated metal lath is the culprit of the
stucco failing. They didn't have galvanizwed lath
back then.
The bottom trim board was still in fairly good shape,
even though it was never flashed.
We put on new flashing.
A splatter suit is made using
              plastic and tape.

A splatter suit is made using plastic and tape.


I hope that this stucco will last a lot longer than
the original.


                                                             A REAL Stucco band in the Mosaic District
                                                             Merrifield, Virginia
A REAL Stucco band in the Mosaic
                District in Merrifield, Virginia
Another view of our stucco band at Madewell, next door to our band we did at Lululemon.

EIFS and synthetic finish isn't supposed to be allowed here in the Mosaic District.
Bathroom ceilings replaced
in Falls Church, Virginia.
Bathroom ceilings replaced in Falls
              Church, Virginia.
Black mold won't grow on metal lath
              or plaster.
Metal lath and molding plaster and lime
allows for same day completion at least
most of the time.
The original ceiling was rock lath and had black mold growing. Black mold won't grow on metal lath or plaster.

* 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.
Hey I am trying to warn the world.
When is stucco not stucco ?
Stucco contractors that don't do stucco at all, but have a name like xyz stucco.
Plaster isn't plaster at all. Plaster is a powder that comes in a bag that says plaster on the bag.
Plaster isn't easy sand or drywall material sanded down.
Just wanted to clarify.
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