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                 updated December 11, 2014


Almost 16 years of jobs in progress, update #137!   I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I registered my domain. If you want to find out about plaster and exterior  cement
plaster, also known as stucco, you are in the right place.
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New stucco house in
Reedville, Virginia
The town that fish built
A new stucco house in Reedville,
                Virginia,
REAL concrete keystone.
A new stucco house in Reedville, Virginia, the town that fish built. The color is from EXPO stucco in San Diego.
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No flimsy foam or plastic here ! The head on this Greek revival keystone is Athena, the goddess Athens was named after.Of course, this is a REAL concrete keystone.
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Reedville, Virginia the town that fish built
Unusual stucco texture in Reedville, VA
This is a cool sign. I had to drive by a few times
before I figured out that it is just a dummy on
 the ladder.
Please check it out.

 Unusual texture adds depth and movement
to our walls. The finish coat is REAL portland
cement and REAL sand. The color is from Expo
stucco in San Diego.
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eighth of an inch gap was left between the sheets
                  of OSB
1/8 inch gap in the sheathing
The inside of the stud walls showing an eighth
 of an inch gap was left between the sheets of
OSB according to the instructions on the sheet.

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Sadly enough, we rarely see anyone leave the
1/8 inch gap in the sheathing. The instructions
are printed on nearly every sheet, and the space
is recommended by the American Plywood Association.
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REAL cast concrete keystone
Chamfered edge is made using a grinding wheel.
No flimsy foam here ! Window details like these jack arches are formed with one by material and filled solid with mortar. The keystone is a REAL cast concrete keystone.
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Chamfered edge is made using a grinding wheel.
The chamfer adds a nice detail to the stone.

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EIFS replaced with REAL stucco
Graham Road shopping center
Falls Church, Virginia
 EIFS replaced with REAL stucco Graham Road
                  shopping center Falls Church, Virginia
Cement mortar is bonded to the cast concrete
                  using an acrylic bonder
Shabby looking EIFS is typical on walls that take
normal abuse.
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Cement mortar is bonded to the cast concrete
using an acrylic bonder.
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Bird infestation is common in EIFS in the
                  Washington, DC area.
 EIFS bands are replaced with metal lath and
                      cement mortar
Bird infestation is common in EIFS. Once the birds learn how easy it is to poke holes with their beaks, it is all over. Photo shows pulling out one of the bird's nests.
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EIFS bands are replaced with metal lath and
cement mortar. White portland cement and sand were used here because it sets fast allowing fast completion.
Mortar is straightened with a straight edge.
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EIFS replaced with REAL stucco
Fairfax, Virginia
Rusted chimney cap on fake stucco house in Fairfax,
                VA

Note the center is LOWER than the sides of this badly rusted chimney cap.
Not logical, captain.
The center should be HIGHER than the sides. Now you have pooling and rusting. All the houses in this 15 year old neighborhood are done the same way.
Equally illogical is that the cap is nailed on the top instead of the sides. We corrected this cap by first painting with rust-o-leum, covering the chimney with 2 layers of tarpaper and metal lath, nailed on the sides, of course, and rounding the top with water repellent mortar.
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BTW
: Right behind this house is the tennis ball house we did in 2004.


EIFS replaced with REAL stucco Fairfax, Virginia
The beauty of EIFS in Virginia

Typical of rot below the windows on an EIFS house.

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BEFORE: Preparing to Peel a Pristine 
Polystyrene Palace.
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The bums who put this on your house probably
holler "See you later sucker !" when they peel out
of the driveway.
The window sills are formed with lumber and packed
                solid with cement mortar.
Trim details are done first
NO FLIMSY FOAM HERE ! The window sills are
formed with lumber and packed solid with
cement mortar.      SEE HOW WE DID IT.
Trim details are done first with a different color.
Later the details are taped off and the wall is finished.
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Parging stuccoed over
in Centreville, Virginia
Parging stuccoed over in
              Centreville, Virginia
finish is colored with paint tint
The parging on the front of these townhouses
looks shabby. Plus the paint peels off constantly.
After chipping the wall, and a new basecoat, the
finish is colored with paint tint.
Historic concrete repair in the Capitol Hill area
Washington, DC.
Historic concrete repair in the
              Capitol Hill area Washington, DC.
drain is higher than the concrete
TOP:
The problem is that the porch is sinking
because the concrete underneath is deteriorating.
TOP RIGHT:
The drain is higher than the concrete, meaning
the water doesn't run into the drain but
under the concrete.
RIGHT:
Our bonding mortar is put on, sculpting the
mortar higher on the sides, allowing water to run into the drain. Also, the new mortar finishes
higher than the drain, and over the sides.
We still do concrete coating when we can.

We still do concrete coating when
              we can

* notes* Jobs in progress is published with the sincere hope that this information about plastering
will be of benefit  or interest to somebody, anytime, anywhere. I have been making some improvements,
including getting rid of those confusing JavaScript "close this window" buttons. Also, I am adding detailed
page descriptions to my old pages to give them better search engine visibility. I was glad to hear from someone
who found my site with a search for faux granite blocks. I was glad to help a bricklayer with patching a historic
house with my marble dust and white portland formula. He called me to tell me the owners were thrilled with
the results. I am working on a table of contents page. I have been working on it for almost a year, and am over
halfway done. Thanks so much for visiting my site. I'll keep typing if you keep reading.