Boxwood Winery, Middleburg, Virginia
Plaster repair.
More of our fore fathers' work. This ceiling in an 1826 house had been replaced about the turn of the century using sheet lath. Sheet lath was replaced about 1908 with expanded metal lath.

Sheet lath was made by using a whole sheet of sheet metal and punching holes for mortar keys. Expanded metal lath is made by cutting slits in a strip of mtal about 7 inches wide, and stretching it to over 2 feet wide.
old lath and plaster ceiling

Stucco repair
Patch and match
Takoma Park, Maryland

Stucco Band  showing drip edge
Finished band
Bottom had crumbled and had been patched several times in the last 93 years. A metal plaster stop supports the bottom and hopefully prevents this from happening. Note how the stop extends past the bottom. This provides a drip preventing water from running back to the wall.
Finished band. Just like 1917 again.
wood lath
Interesting what our forefathers did. Wood lath
strips are cut at an angle towards the wall, formig a key.
Stucco repair
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Stucco dormer
original house
Dormer is stuccoed to match the rest of the house.
A view of the old house shows it matches pretty durn close.
A source of another patch due to water damage.
End of gutter was put on higher than the roof,
allowing water to run down the wall instead of into the gutter.
Also note how the gutter slants the wrong way, away
from the downspout instead of intoo the downspout.

Bottom patched

Lack of kick-out flashing
Another ugly bottom repaired.
Wall has deteriorated due to the lack of a kick out flashing. A small pice of sheet metal would have prevented this. For more about kick out flashings, please click here.
Finished patch
We put in a kickout and fixed the wall.
This pebble dash stucco should last another 100 years or so.