|Stucco had been patched numerous times close to the ground form water wicking up the stucco or the blocks behind. A trench is first dug around the house allowing room to work. Stucco is then removed along the bottom.||A weep screed is put on and stucco patched in.
The weep defines the bottom edge of the stucco
and is held up off the ground to avoid water wicking up and to provide room for drainage.
|A close up view of the weep screed shows drainage holes along the bottom of the screed.||Painted stucco wall is chipped every 3-4 inches.
The idea is to open the pores to allow mortar to bond. Once stucco has been painted, the pores are sealed preventing a good bond.
|This wall here was torn off down to the block. The stucco never had a good bond on the block on this side for some reason.||After the scratch coat sets for two days, wall is filled out (browned), and rodded off (straightened using rods).|
|Chimney is browned nice and straight and cap is recoated. Here a scratch
coat is applied using
a lot of acrylic in the mortar for a good bond.
|Cap is finished using white portland and white sand. Note that top is rounded for good water run-off.|
|A George Washington dollar coin is embedded in the top of chimney for a time capsule. Maybe one day someone will climb up here and see.||Area below the weep is sealed, first with mortar, then with black waterproofing..|
|Patches for weeps finished.||Rough looking old wall has a new lease on life.|
|Wall on garage side re-done. House is now ready for paint to match and should look new and not be in need of repairs for many years to come.|