Jobs in progress-updated Oct. 18,2006
Almost 8 years of updates !
in dryvit !
House infested with birds required tearing all EIFS off. There were over 20 birds nests in the walls of this house.
These aren't even woodpeckers.
Once the birds learn they can stick their beaks in the flimsy foam, the house is history.
|House becomes giant bird house !
The public probably just doesn't know how flimsy this stuff is.
I am sure the manufacturers don't warn you your house can be infested by birds.
|EIFS garbage is easily scraped off with
a garden spade. Readers write to ask the best method to tear off EIFS.
We found a flat end garden spade works the
best. First, the outer membrane is slit by
punching it with the spade. The membrane can be peeled like peeling
an orange. The foam is easily scraped off with the spade. This EIFS had
a double layer of cloth for more impact
Still, it was easily peeled off. A hole can be easily poked in the wall with a pencil.
|Finish coat is REAL white portland cement and REAL sand.
Color is #82 "Hacienda" from La Habra stucco. We mixed the color one third strength
for a warmer color.
|Vinyl siding is easily stripped off using bare hands.
therma-ply. Band is an OSB brace. Homeowners said they could feel a
in the house on windy days.
|Shower floor is troweled fairly smooth, with a
pool trowel. Floor is left a little rough
for good traction. Tape is peeled off drain. Color is La Habra #17,
"misty", to match addition.
Note how stucco finishes just above drain for good drainage.
|Stucco addition on same project.
Finish is REAL portland and REAL sand.
|Finish texture made by dashing on mortar with a plastic broom.||Close up of the texture. We did an addition in front. The homeowners wanted stucco in back, too.|