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Stucco

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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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    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

     
  • A Close Look at Stucco

    Traditional three-coat, one-coat, or EIFS, stucco is only as reliable as the water-management details behind it. A second- generation stucco contractor identifies common problems and offers proven solutions.

     
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    Water-Managed Wall Systems

    No siding is waterproof, and windows can leak. So we need a backup system, and building scientist Joseph Lstiburek has the details.

     
  • Q&A: Installing New Stucco Over Old

    Q: The owner of a house with existing exterior cement stucco is unhappy with the finish. How difficult is it to install a new coat of stucco over the existing stucco?

     
  • Reader Survey: Siding Choices

    What do you think of today’s siding materials? What would you put on your own house? We asked 1,000 readers for their views; here’s what they told us.

     
  • Notebook

    Profit with deconstruction; lumber prices; cold-weather concrete pours without cracking; straw-bale research results; no more USG EIFS; warm yourself with microwaves; more

     
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    Q&A: Making a Balcony Door Watertight

    Q: I built a house with a second-floor balcony, and I installed waterproofing membrane and tile on the balcony deck. Around the perimeter of the door, I installed Moistop flexible flashing. The siding is stucco. The room under the balcony is now leaking.

     
 
 
 
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