Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m explaining a widespread and very common thing in the plastering industry in this quick video.😉 Yes, I realize it’s soupy mud.
FYI, If you have a home close to a hundred years old, it usually has at least 20 coats of primer and paints on it, as proper maintenance means; painting your home every ten years.
I feel sort of foolish and hypocritical in downloading this video when the exact same thing just happened to me.🤷🏻♂️
Only on a larger scale. 🤔
My story began when we arrived to apply stucco on an addition, fully expecting to apply three coats of stucco.
A scratch, brown, and simple skip-trowel texture. The area in question was to take two tons of stucco with roughly 15 bags of cement plaster; It did.
I was aware we would have to set scaffolding for both sides up to the roofline to apply stucco to both rear two-story corners.
This was a lot to do, but I felt the paid workout would do us all good.
Upon our arrival, I noticed a few flaws in the contractor’s lath, meaning the stucco netting was stapled too flat to the wall. When the new lath met, the existing stucco or tie-ins were several inches thick, plus a couple of doors and windows were not, in my opinion, weather-resistant with flashings as required or necessary.
Most contractors and or homeowners depend on us to correct anything they or their crew does that is not up to code, which we do as of habit.
BTW, This is what happens when you stucco over lath that is too flat to the surface.
I heard a few times the sound, sort of like cows shitting on flat rocks. 😎
That rare noise makes me cringe, no doubt. We didn’t pull all the flat stucco netting as far from the wall as necessary.
The video above is one Jason, and I posted 6 years ago, which explains my dilemma that day.
Plus, a few areas were not as weather-tight as I like them, knowing if applied the stucco over this lath would have been an issue in the future, so half my day was repairing a lot of work performed by another.
No problem, more home-owner and contractors depend on us to c correct any flaws. This is part of our responsibility.
Thus, this was one of those days when we’re hustling, trying to set scaffolds, and applying three stucco coats to a large back wall.
We did deed complete apply two tons of cement plaster mixed with 15 bags of stucco.
However, with this extreme hustling, I exhausted myself and my guys in the process. Not the first time, nor will it be the last time. All plasterers know what I’m talking about!🍻
Long story short, they waited the typical 28 days for the stucco to cure before painting. My texture was a bit too sandy.
Thus Jason and I had to go back and apply three pails of the same acrylic stucco called “image” to correct the heavy stucco. We had to works off ladders; it was a four-hour adventure.
Tip, when someone in my position makes a mistake like this, you learn never to do that again—the beginning or continuing of stucco wisdom.
The moral to my story was, all of us plasterers have a slightly different texture, kinda like a fingerprint.
Although we were as good as the next guy, no one is perfect.
Here’s another tip, when you have a house with at least 20 paint jobs, it’s best to roll two coats of primer and paint to soften the new stucco sand to blend in the new color and texture as best as possible.
No folks, an airless won’t spay a primmer as heavy as necessary over new sandy stucco.
If I make that apprentice mistake again, it will be time to retire. So guys and gals, pay attention to detail, as you may be taking over my position.😉
A word about stucco netting; think of stucco netting like Dobies for concrete, the Dobies keep the rebar off the ground; this way, the cement goes under the rebar two inches and then above the rebar two inches, this the rebar is in the middle of the poured concrete where it makes the concert as strong as possible. The deep furred stucco netting or wire allows the stucco under and over this netting, making the stucco as strong as possible.
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