Old stucco is stripped off.
After we put on a scratch coat with plenty of
Flex-con (a bonding admixture) in the mortar,
the window returns are formed by nailing on
2 x 4's, sideways. This establishes the wall thickness.
Walls are straightened to the 2 x4's.
|The columns are aligned by pulling a string
and setting wood strips.
|The columns are filled in between the wood
|These insets are squared up.
||Work proceeded on during rainy days under the
|The river sand for the finish
coat was wet and needed to be dried out. This prevents
The sand was spread out on the floor of the shop
and dried for a few days.
|This sand was pretty rocky
and needed to be
|HOW WE SCORED THE BLOCKS:
One quarter inch masonite was ripped on a table saw.
|The masonite strips are
nailed over the 2x4's.
This allows room for the finish coat and a place
to mark off the blocks.
Nails are put in to support the one by four used
The finish coat is put on and floated. The one by
four is set on the nails and the wall scored.
The wood corner strips were moved out 1/4"
and marked and nailed for the finish.
ABOVE: Finished wall.
The finish coat is also stripped and rodded off
on the columns. This makes a nice true column.
RIGHT: The finished stairway now has a good
overhang for water run-off.
LEFT: Finishing the columns.
ABOVE: Earthquake damaged plaster repaired.