Jobs in progress   
                 updated February 16, 2016


 18 years 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 place.
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Real cement stucco replaced with  real cement stucco

in Springfield, Virginia

The color is a custom color from EXPO stucco in San Diego
There always seem to be trees in the way of my pictures
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..
Real cement stucco replaced with  real cement stucco in Springfield, Virginia

Who you gonna call ? Stucco Busters
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.
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 Who you gonna call ?
Stucco Busters

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Color cement stucco in Springfield, Virginia
Garage is stuccoed to match. 
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
color fan.
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Garage is stuccoed to match.
 
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100 year old stucco replaced
in Chevy Chase, MD
 100 year old stucco replaced in Chevy Chase, MD
Lack of flashing OVER the window causes rot BELOW the window
One of the reasons for the stucco failure is the old steel flashing had rotted away, rotting the wood framing under the window.

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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.
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the downspouts were stopped up, leading to rot
Details like this show off the versatility of stucco.
Sometime in the past, the downspouts were stopped up, leading to rot.


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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.

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Tudor stucco replaced
in Arlington, Virginia
Tudor stucco replaced in Arlington, Virginia
flashing tudor trim boards in Arlington, Virginia
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
 lath.
Diagonal trim boards are flashed as well
A water funnel is prevented by bending the diagonal flashing
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.

Stucco addition done by the competition is rescued
in Arlington, Virginia

Stucco addition done by the competition is rescued in Arlington, Virginia
The finish coat is excessively cracked
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.
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flashing on the trim boards and windows was angled backwards
We cut of the stucco back to the sheathing and removed the offensive flashing
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
the panels.
See how we fixed it here....
We cut of the stucco back to the sheathing and ripped out the offensive flashing.


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                            Plaster ceilings replaced in Baltimore, Maryland
Plaster ceilings replaced in Baltimore, Maryland
Making a gauge, or mixing a batch of white mortar
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.
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project...
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.

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                                      Patch and Match
                                      Stucco repair
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
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Pebble dash stucco repaired in Washington, DC.

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Heavy pebble dash and floated stucco patched in Arlington, Virginia


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Party wall is re stuccoed in Reston, Virginia.
The wall was a victim of crummy coping.
Of course, we patched the coping first.


* 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 am slowly moving away from my old fashioned 1999 style web design.
A lot of my pictures are now I am still harping on correct flashing. Incorrect flashing is a terrible source of leaks.
I can't change the world if I don't speak up, and someone reads and believes.
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 close 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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