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EIFS replaced with REAL stucco in McLean, Virginia

I made 3 pages for this project:

Details: How we did features with mortar and NOT foam

Scratch and brown coat.

Flashing and lath

Info about the finish will be on the next update

How we did the decorative features
Stucco scored to look like stone
Solid stucco window sill
Front entrance is scored to look like stone blocks.

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Solid window sill is formed and filled.
The top will be angled down when we put on the finish coat.
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keystoneA real keystone is split in half to use over the arches.

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Decorative stucco band
Decorative band is thick and dramatic.
The thickness is a 2x4 and a1x4.Note the chase we made for the downspout.
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Brown coat:
Filling and straightening the wall.
Stucco brown coat
The brown coat finished, waiting for the details and the finish, or color coat.
The brown coat is the most important. If the brown coat is bumpy and wavy, the finish is usually bumpy and wavy.
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A string line is pulled to straighten the walls.
The strip of mortar on the wall is called a screed.

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Wall is trued up around the window
Stucco Arch
Wall is trued up around the window with a home made rod. The windows should all have the same margin, all the way around.
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Arch opening is formed with one bys and a
strip of masonite, then filled in.

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Flashing, lath and tarpaper

                of the flagstone
Window flashing put on angling the front edge down. The original house had no flashing at all.

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Here we filled in the joints of the flagstone cap on this knee wall with mortar with plenty of Flex-con in the mortar. A cause of stucco failure
on knee walls or retaining walls is leaking joints.
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                layers or tarpaper

Weep screed
Two layers or tarpaper are used. It is important to put on the tarpaper from the bottom up, and overlapping to avoid water infiltration. I have picture of someone in Maryland putting tarpaper on from the top down. He had a truck with lettered with stucco real big on the side.
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Weep screeds are put on all around the house.
A gap is left below for water drainage.

Here the weep screed is shot on the concrete with a Ramset gun.

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Patch and match
Stucco repair and plaster repair.
Plaster ceiling replaced
Plaster ceiling
Ceiling is replaced the same day using metal
lath, moulding plaster and lime.
The original ceiling was rock lath. Metal is used
for a thick, solid patch.

Lath put on in the morning, Ceiling finished in the afternoon.
Here, the finish coat is troweled smooth.

pebble dash
              kings still rock in Washington, DC
The pebble dash
              kings still rock in Washington, DC
The pebble dash kings still rock in Washington, DC.
Old water damage is stripped down to the brick, and pebble mix dashed on.