Jobs in progress   
                 updated November 18, 2015


Almost 17 years of jobs in progress updates in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, update #141!   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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Real cement stucco with a real cement finish

in Reston, Virginia

scaffold in Reston, Virginia.

ken-o-tex sprayed on plywood in Reston, Virginia
Taking down the scaffold in Reston, Virginia.
I exaggerated the colors of the leaves but you have to admit the picture looks nice.

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 The original house had ken-o-tex sprayed on plywood.
Kenotex was a spray on paint  material with vermiculite balls that was sprayed on plywood or cement basecoats for a stucco look.
Here's the article I wrote about Ken-o-tex here.

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Spanish texture in Reston, VA
counter flashing on all the roof lines 
Knocking down the Spanish texture.

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After two layers of tar paper (Count 'em. Not one but TWO !), we put on a counter flashing on all the roof lines. Note the nailing strip we put on the top of the
parapet walls to nail the coping to.
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3/4" weep grounds
We put plaster around the house to keep the wall from getting splattered and stained
We used 3/4" weep grounds at the bottoms of all the walls
to allow drainage. There is nothing better to control
expansion is stucco than weep screeds or weep grounds.
Stucco is porous, like bricks. When stucco absorbs water
it swells up like a sponge. The weeps let the water out of
the wall.
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We put plaster around the house to keep the wall from getting splattered and stained. This isn't really economical,
but I had a bunch of structolite left over from a fireproofing job and this was a good use for it.

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Pebble Dash stucco chimney in
the Takoma Park area of Washington, DC
The flashing around the chimney had failed
It didn't take Sherlock Holmes to
find out the source of the leaks.
The flashing around the chimney had failed.
I bought a drone to estimate
chimneys but I haven't needed it yet.
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The flashing around the chimney had failed.
More info and find out who the famous person is that lives here...
More info and find out who the famous person is that lives here...
Pebble dash stucco chimney matches this old historic house in Washington, DC
Two more stucco chimneys rescued
in Washington, DC, the capital of taxation without representation.
stucco chimneys rescued in Washington, DC
100 year old Spanish style house
The other chimney is deteriorated
worse. We cut off the stucco at the base of the chimney and put on flashing
overlapping the old flashing. The old
flashing on the Spanish tile roof never was put on tight to the substrate, in this case, terracotta blocks. We filled in the holes with super mortar.
After 3/4" of cement mortar, the
old dash on finish is matched on the money
on this nice old 100 year old Spanish style house.
This stuff splatters everywhere. I wonder what they did 100 years ago when there was no tape and plastic.
A decorative band hides the joint between the old and the new in Washington, DC
coins on the top of our chimneys
A decorative band hides the joint between the old and the new.
We always embed coins on the top of our
chimneys. One day, someone may climb up here and see them.
Color stucco in this basement
in Washington, DC
Cement plaster is the material of choice for for damp basements
Steel trowel finish in Washington, DC
Old block basement walls needed a new finish for this basement remodel. Cement plaster is the material of choice for for damp basements.
Mold only grows on wood and paper materials
like sheetrock.


Steel trowel finish changes blah to elegant. The color is a custom color from Expo stucco in San Diego.

                                                             Patch and match in Silver Spring, Maryland.
100 year old plaster house in Silver Spring
                                                         
Crow's foot finish is duplicated
on this nearly 100 year old house in Silver Spring.
A person that works always wants to do less
An artist always wants to do more.-Seth Godin

* 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.
Almost always, a chimney leaks or fails due to failed flashing, or a deteriorated cap, that is the mortar or
metal or whatever at the very top. Chimneys aren't really worth patching, which is why we re-stucco the
whole chimney, at least from the roof line up.
I have a tons of great testimonial letters and comments but I have never published them. I just don't want
to try to spam anybody. Sure we want work, but things like testimonies and free estimates and specials
turn people off that are just looking for information.
I am backspacing out those awful JaveScript cloe this window buttons and replacing with a top NavBar and
a footer one by one. I still have about 400 more pages to edit, so I just do them a little at a time.
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