Jobs in progress
updated August 24, 2015
Over 16 years
of jobs in progress, update #140!
I started jobs in progress in January, 1999, when I
registered my domain. If you want to find out about plaster and
plaster, also known as stucco, you are in the right place.
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|Plaster walls and
Knock on the wall quality !
|White coat is troweled so slick you can see the reflection of the window. We're plastering this historic house in Rockville, Maryland.|
|Veneer plaster starts off with blue
No, this isn't blue mold resistant sheet rock or
green water resistant sheet rock.
More details here..
| They make a self stick fiberglass
tape for this
but I quit using it because I am afraid of joint
cracking. I worked for companies years ago that
only used the staple on kind of tape. The self stick tape doesn't allow mortar to get behind the tape for reinforcement. Here I am using paper tape and durabond 90.
More details here:
|Veneer plaster basecoat is incredibly
hard for as thin as it is. First we scratch in the
joints and then coat the whole wall.
More about this project:
|The door jambs are set first before the
is hung. This allows the plaster to finish flush
to the jamb so the trim lays flat. Also the
doors have a nice solid thunk when they
are closed like a heavy door on an old car.
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|Taking down the scaffold. We took over
from a contractor that was kicked off.
|The arches and details are formed and
with solid mortar. The original house has foam.
I just can't force myself to work with flimsy
|This brown coat looked like a bunch of
it, no offense to kids. This is my competition for you.
See how we straightened it out...
|The sills are formed and filled the same
will solid cement mortar. Foam has
been proven to absorb and trap water under windows.
|Siding is pulled off
showing most of the top
floor had painted stucco that would have still been in good shape, except it was beaten up real bad by putting on furring and siding.
|The old stucco was
re-coated. Also, a porch addition and the dormers were
lathed and stuccoed.
|You may have seen our chipping and bonding
method before. The wall was chipped every 3 inches or so
and a bonding coat is applied using
portland cement mortar and a chemical bonding admixture.
|The old stucco was cut off just over the
and new flashing is put on. Later the flashing is overlapped with stucco.
|Of course, we always re-do the chimney.
||We're taking down the scaffold on another
This nearly 100 year old house has the stucco replaced on two sides.
Deteriorated metal lath is the culprit of the
stucco failing. They didn't have galvanizwed lath
The bottom trim board was still in fairly good shape,
even though it was never flashed.
We put on new flashing.
A splatter suit is made using plastic and tape.
I hope that this stucco will last a lot longer than
|Another view of our
stucco band at Madewell, next door to our band we
did at Lululemon.
EIFS and synthetic finish isn't supposed to be allowed here in the Mosaic District.
|Metal lath and molding plaster and lime
allows for same day completion at least
most of the time.
|The original ceiling was rock lath and had
black mold growing. Black mold won't grow on metal lath