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                 updated March 25, 2013

 
  
                     Over 14 years of jobs in progress, update #128!     
Jobs in progress contains some 400+ pages. Here, you will find a wealth of information on the world's oldest building trade, plaster, both interior plaster, and exterior cement plaster, also known as stucco. Please click on the last update button for more.
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Welcome back stucco fans, for another rip-roaring
adventure in stucco land.
Stucco stair tower in Washington, DC
The brown coat on this stucco stair tower is
round and straight.

Please click here to check out Swami's mystic rope trick to see how we did it.
Traditional stucco in the Foxhall Road area of Washington, DC
Underneath this window is cut off at an angle
Important ! :
Please don't get bored and click away.
Underneath this window is cut off at an angle
and wrapped with rubber peel and stick flashing, and a layer of tarpaper.

This ensures the window opening doesn't leak and rot like the house in Arlington below.


Please click here or on the pictures for more details of this project.
Steel
                  trowel stucco finish in Washington, DC
back
                  wall is finished
The finish coat is troweled after it sets firm to
create a stone like appearance and feel.
Mottling is created by the trowel burning the finish.
You may have seen the video on how do this.
If not please click here.
The back wall is finished.

Please click here or on the pictures for more details of this project.
Fake stucco (cement basecoat with a synthetic (fake) finish)
rots this four year house in Arlington, Virginia.
Fake stucco rots this four year
                  house in Arlington, Virginia
stucco expansion joint
The worst thing about this house is that under the windows is level and not angled away from
the wall. Underneath the fake stucco is nothing but wood framing: no sill, no flashing, nothing but a piece of Tyvek.
People who put this stuff on: You aren't stucco
contractors. These lying crooks told the homeowner this was real stucco.
Please click here or on the pictures to see more.
The main reason we don't use expansion joints on our jobs is that I think the look bad.
If someone insists on joints, we make our own and not the pre-made metal joints.
Metal expansion joints tend to leak and damage everything underneath.
 Don't believe me ?
Please click here or on the pictures for photographic proof.
no coping on
                  the parapet wall
More rot under
                  the windows
There was no coping on the parapet wall.
All that was on the top was fake stucco.

Please click here or on the pictures for more.
More rot under the windows. This work was done
by my competition. This house has a cement basecoat and a fake finish. The competition just doesn't have the skills to put on the real thing.

Please click here or on the pictures to see more.
Conventional stucco addition in
Arlington, Virginia.
Stucco soffits in
              Arlington, Virginia

Stucco window
              sills in Arlington, Virginia
Rodding off the brown coat. Note the stucco soffits. Stucco soffits are permanent, and hurricane-proof the house.
This is phase two of this project.
To see phase one, please click here.

Sills are solid mortar and the top is angled down
to prevent water infiltration.
Stucco ceilings: Lasting quality

Stucco ceilings: Lasting quality.

Here is the scratch coat on the ceiling on the front
of the house.

I'll publish a picture of the finished ceiling
when I get a chance.
                                                                                                                           Patch and match
Termite damage
                is repaired Glover Park area of Washington, DC
The front wall is re-stuccoed Washington, DC                          
Termite damage is repaired and stucco replaced
on this house in the Glover Park area of Washington, DC.
The front wall is re-stuccoed up the the first story
line. Just as a warning from someone who has fixed a lot of termite damage, if the level
of your wood framing is below the level of the grade, you are likely to get termites. After years
of soil erosion, landscape projects, etc., this can happen.
Outdoor fireplace and chimney is
                stuccoed
Outdoor fireplace and chimney is stuccoed
in the Lake Barcroft area. No, we didn't do the fresco painting.

The finish of course is real cement stucco.
The color is from Expo stucco in San Diego.
tearing off sloppy patches
patch in Washington, DC
We're tearing off sloppy patches done by Handy Andy. We put on metal flashing over the horizontal tudor boards.
Finished project. The texture doesn't match exactly, but it looks better than Handy Andy.

"Stick it to the man"-Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black "School of Rock", 2003