Jobs in progress
updated February 16, 2016
of jobs in progress updates in Virginia, Washington, DC
and Maryland, update #142! 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
Thanks for reading. Keep checking back.
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|Phil shows off his new REAL cement stucco. The color is a custom color from EXPO stucco in San Diego. More details here..||There always seem to be trees in the way of my pictures. More details here..|
|Old 1960's stucco was in sorry shape. After years of leaks, patches
and the fact it was poorly done in the beginning, the old stucco
had to come off.
More details here..
| Who you gonna call ?
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|Finished wall. The finish is, of course, REAL portland cement and
REAL sand. The color is a custom color from EXPO stucco.
Maurice at EXPO duplicated a color from the Sherwin-Williams
More about this project:
|Garage is stuccoed to match.
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|One of the reasons for the stucco failure is the old steel flashing had rotted away, rotting the wood framing under the window.
More info here...
|Lack of flashing OVER the window causes rot BELOW the window.
A view of the sheathing shows insect damage, probably by carpenter ants.
The framing and sheathing were repaired by carpenters.
|Sometime in the past, the downspouts were stopped up, leading to rot.|
More info here...
|Fast forward to the finished wall showing our curved band at|
the bottom. Details like this show off the versatility of stucco.
The REAL cement finish is colored using paint tint.
|This old stucco on this tudor house had been patched up and re coated and was ready to be replaced.
We matched the finish on an addition done by the late
Eugene Mason. Mr. Mason used to recommend me to a lot of jobs.
| Tudor trim boards need flashing just like windows
to prevent water infiltration.
This bottom trim board is flashed, then overlapped
with two layers of tar paper and self furring metal
|Diagonal trim boards are flashed as well. This is another Frequently Neglected Thing, or FNT.
||A water funnel is prevented by bending the diagonal
flashing up the vertical flashing a few inches.
This is another Frequently Ignored Detail, or FID.
|Our finished addition. The color is used by adding a paint tint to the mortar. This is the back of the same house as above.
Please see how we did it...
|The finish coat is excessively cracked, probably due to too much
shrinkage. The people who did this advertise as stucco contractors.
More details here..
|The flashing on the trim boards and windows was angled backwards, deflecting water into the house. Also,|
there was a big ugly gob of caulk along the outside edge of
See how we fixed it here....
|We cut of the stucco back to the sheathing and ripped out the offensive flashing.|
More about this project....
|This RC-1 channel is the ticket for furring |
down old ceilings.
The channel screws on one side and floats,
taking out half of the wavy gravy from the
ceiling. These old joists are always crooked
and super hard. We straightened the ceiling
more with the basecoat and the finish coat.
Please check out the page I made for this
|Making a gauge, or mixing a batch of white |
mortar, in this case moulding plaster and lime,
on the mortar board.
We are working on a 1872 townhouse in the
Union Square area of Baltimore.
See more here..!!
Pebble dash stucco repaired in Washington, DC.
Heavy pebble dash and floated stucco patched in Arlington, Virginia
Party wall is re stuccoed in Reston, Virginia.
The wall was a victim of crummy coping.
Of course, we patched the coping first.