|Old stucco was re coated some years back, and
the newer stuff didn't bond.
|No, this isn't an abandoned HUD project.
are covered with Masonite to protect from damage when old
|Deteriorated wood lintel has seen better
||A new steel lintel is put on and bricked in.
is mixed with plenty of Flex-con for strength and a
good bond. If it wasn't for Flex-con, I would be afraid to tackle a project like this.
|Old stone lintel has no support. Apparently, someone took
a window and put in a wider window. The second window was
taken out and
bricked up, without support for the lintel.
||A few solid bricks, and problem solved.
|Another wood lintel is
with steel. If you
are wondering why we put the lintel in backwards, because we didn't have to tear out more bricks than we have to. The front is covered with lath and stucco anyway.
The scratch coat will be mixed with plenty of
Flex-con, and squished in real good between the bricks.
|A weep screed is put on at
bottom to allow for drainage. Note how bad the brick joints
deteriorated at the bottom. When water penetrates the
brick), in runs down
and is trapped at the bottom. The old lime mortar
dissolves after time.
There is also a small gap in the bottom to allow for drainage from the brick.
|A splay angle (an inside
more than 90 degrees) is straightened with this method.
If you have ever done any plastering, you know these are hard to get straight. Two string lines
are set a couple inches from the angle with nails.
|The strings are pulled to the
top of the wall to the
thickness of the wall. A screed is set by packing behind the string with mortar.
|Pretty durn straight, huh ?
||Screeds are set around the
windows using wood
strips. This is also called stripping.
|I put my coins in the chimney
before the mortar
set up all the way. All our chimneys have rounded cap at the top, and a drip lip, or a band
at the top. This makes the chimney last by keeping so much water from running down the chimney.
|Color finish is applied and
What is a float finish ? Please click here to
watch a video.