|Note how flashing extends past the front
of the dormer. This assures water doesn't
get behind the stucco on the front.
3/4" plaster stop is used on the bottom
against the flashing to define an edge.
|Putting on metal lath.
We used roof jacks and planks to save
building a scaffold all the way up the side.
These roof jacks are home-made.
|Snow on the ground and we're still working.||Brown coat on dormer. This will receive an
REAL colored portland cement finish.
|Home made metal lath was made by beating
sheet metal with a hatchet-in about 1880
|Damaged plaster moldings will be restored by me.|
|The old walls on masonry are resurfaced.
First the walls are painted with Euco-weld,
a bonding agent.
Carlos trowels on a thin coat of veneer basecoat.
|Next, finish coat is applied and troweled
|A view of an old wall showing wood lath
and lime and sand basecoat.
Q. What holds the plaster on?
A scratch coat is applied squishing the mortar betwwen the wood lath strips. These squishes are called keys.
Lime and sand was widely used in houses up until about 1930. Gypsum plaster was used in commercial buldings and some houses from just before the turn of the century. Lime and sand is real crumbly, where gypsum plaster is rock hard.
We cover the old wood lath with metal lath
and gypsum plaster.
|A view of the old fieplace that was rebuilt.
This is an interesting project.
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