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Stucco

  • 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...

     
  • Letters

    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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    Letters

    Wiring for the future; painting stucco; window flashing

     
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    Hurricanes: Why Stucco Walls Got Wet

    Designs, methods, codes, and workmanship all played a role in Florida’s soggy storm experience.

     
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    Installing a Wide Door In a Tall Brick Wall

    In this renovation, engineered steel braces support a solid brick wall from the outside without disturbing the interior.

     
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    Manufactured-Stone Nightmares

    A remediation contractor explains how improperly installed synthetic-stone veneer can cause severe rot damage in the wood framing underneath.

     
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    Making Old Stucco Look New

    A Northern California stucco contractor describes how he uses foam-based trim and pigmented finish coats to revitalize tired stucco exteriors.

     
  • Letters

    Copper compatibility with ACQ; painting stucco; Hispanic labor; arch formula; tile showers; more

     
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    In the News

    Another deck collapse; problems with painting stucco; translucent concrete; more

     
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    Replacing Windows in Stucco Walls

    A Northern California stucco contractor explains how to install a new window in an existing stucco exterior without causing leaks.

     
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    Hull-House Remodel

    Life in a boat

     
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    Letters

    Stucco rebuttal, vinyl details, preventing hanger corrosion, Mac privacy protection, flashing tops of deck joists

     
  • Q&A: Various Stucco Over Concrete

    Q. I'd like to finish the above-grade portion of a poured-concrete foundation with a color coat of stucco. The broken-off snap-ties are visible and are slightly rusty. Do I need to treat these with anything before I apply the stucco to prevent a rust stai

     
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    In the News

    Nail gun accidents, California picks NFPA code, Minnesota stucco warning, mega-home tally, Business Tune-Up

     
 
 
 
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