|I chose these two pre-cast concrete blocks for my inlays. I got two that were different for a more random appearance. The colors were even a little different. I bought these at Sam's Farm in Falls Church.||Block wall is cut out and filled with mortar to inset the blocks. The idea is to have the face set back about an inch from the finished stucco, showing off the fact that this is a solid masonry wall with stucco.|
|Block set in wall. Note the wood shim used to
level up the block. Mortar is globbed around
the edge to tack the block in place until it sets up.
Later, the returns (sides) are tooled in.
|If you can see the placement on these walls, the blocks are centered differently, for a random look.|
|Part of this house was sandblasted, and we removed
a lot of the stucco down to the block. The chipping hammer leaves the
block nice and rough, for an excellent bond.
The original stucco was done about 1950 by inexperiened people. It was in good shape, it just looked bad.
|The sandblasted walls are brown coated and straightened. We used Flex-con in the mortar for a good bond.|
|6 inches of snow and unusually cold weather slowed us down. A heat tent with a heater keeps us going.||We tore off all the old pebble dash stucco and
are redoing the whole house. It'll look nice.
Please check back.
|Lath and plaster easily conforms to curves and shapes, like this curved stairway ceiling.||1759 log cabin replastered.|