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Stucco

  • Stick-on stone worse than EIFS?

    The wall failures associated with adhered concrete masonry veneer (ACMV) are mounting and could dwarf the problems once associated with synthetic stucco.

     
  • Lennar Wins Texas Case Over Insurance Coverage For EIFS Fix

    Twelve years after Lennar decided to repair homes with defective exteriors before being sued, the Texas high court has ruled that Lennar’s insurer must pay for the work.

     
  • Three-Coat Stucco Over Foam

    Traditional cement-based stucco can be applied over rigid foam, as long as you get the details right

     
  • Small EIFS Repairs

    A stucco contractor explains how to patch minor nicks and abrasions in EIFS while matching the original finish

     
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    Keeping Water Out of Stucco Walls (Subscriber content)

    Assume that 3-coat stucco leaks, and detail the building envelope with careful flashing and a double-layer water-resistive barrier

     
  • Fixing a Botched Stucco Job

    Late last year, a couple called me about some leaking windows on the back of their 5-year-old stucco house. My company hadn't built the home; it was part of a tract development in Southeastern Pennsylvania thrown up during the recent housing boom.

     
  • Weaving a Cedar Roof Valley

    Cedar roofs are common in Eastern Massachusetts, where I live and work.

     
  • Flashing Electrical Boxes in Stucco

    Exterior electrical boxes on stucco jobs often aren't flashed properly, partly because the plaster contractors don't know how.

     
  • High-Tech Insulation

    Nanogel material can be mixed with plaster and stucco to improve thermal efficiency.

     
  • No-Leak EIFS System

    Improved waterproofing and drainage details promise rot-free performance from this combination insulation and cladding.

     
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    Fixing a Botched Trim Job

    A homeowner asks how to repair what looks like a botched job, where new entry doors were installed in a brick home covered with stucco or some kind of cement parging.

     
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    Clear Coat

    Stucco-Guard by Seal-Krete protects new and old stucco against freeze/thaw damage and rain driven by winds of up to 124 mph, says the maker.

     
  • Fixing Hairline Stucco Cracks

    The stucco siding on my client's recently remodeled home has developed some small cracks. My stucco sub wants to patch them with plastic stucco cement and then prime the walls with latex mortar primer, but I'm afraid the problem will resurface. Is there a better way to fix hairline cracks?

     
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    Fix for Peeling Stucco

    The painted finish on my client's recently purchased stucco house is blistering and peeling, and it's obvious that the traditional three-coat stucco underneath has been patched on several previous occasions (see photo, below). The stucco is applied over wood framing, but as is common in older...

     
  • Leaky Stucco

    Q. Leaky Stucco I've discovered leaks in the wall cavities of a large, multifamily building my company recently completed. The building has a three-coat stucco finish, and the leaks seem to be located primarily around the windows. An exploratory hole cut in the drywall revealed that the stucco...

     
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    Replacing Doors In Stucco

    Cut carefully to preserve the building paper, and hide the missing stucco with rotproof trim.

     
  • Block Walls, Vapor Barriers, and Solar Vapor Drive

    Q: With a cavity wall assembly consisting of load-bearing 8-inch CMUs (concrete masonry units), 2 inches of rigid foam, a 2-inch air space, and 4-inch concrete bricks covered with cementitious stucco and an acrylic color coat, how important is dampproofin

     
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    Stucco That Works

    Done well, traditional three-coat stucco should be impervious to water, but the demands of schedule and budget have pushed many builders to opt for less durable one-coat stucco claddings and have enticed applicators to take shortcuts that compromise the integrity of otherwise good stucco. To remedy...

     
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    Using PEX in solar water heating; solar hot-water storage; hot-water recirculation; leak testing

     
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    Rainproofing Stucco Trim

    Nailing trim through stucco without proper flashing is a recipe for disaster

     
 
 
 
 
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