Builder's Tip: A Tool to Make Seamless Stucco Patches
Here in California, we remodel plenty of stucco homes and install lots of new windows in their old walls. The tricky part is making a seamless patch between the new window and the old stucco.
Itís important to tie the new stucco wire to the wire that reinforces the old work, and itís always a challenge to expose the old stucco wire without ruining the felt-paper membrane or damaging the sheathing beneath the stucco.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, I came up with a simple tool to help me deal with the situation. Here's what I did:
- I started with a 3/16-inch thick steel bar that is 2-1/2 inches wide by 20 inches long.
- I tapped some threaded holes at one end for 10/24 machine screws and used them to attach a gate handle.
- To use the tool, I start from the center of the opening. If Iím not enlarging an existing opening, I start the new opening by cutting a hole with a masonry blade.
- I determine the location of the studs and mark them on the stucco and then slide the bar behind the stucco until itís over the stud closest to the required layout for whatever Iím installing.
- I place the bar so that it spans two stud bays and then use a hammer to pound the stucco directly over the bar. The bar acts as an anvil to localize the force of the hammer blows, crushing the little pieces of stucco so that they can be pulled away from the stucco wire.
- Finally, I weave new wire into the old, creating a web of reinforcement that ensures a patch that wonít crack.
If you make and use†a stucco anvil like this, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. Bits of stucco fly all over the place.
ó Keith Wilson, Mountain View, Calif.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
©2005 The Taunton Press
To request a reprint of this feature, e-mail Mary Lou von der Lancken at Fine Homebuilding.
BuilderBooks.com Offers More Than 250 Books That Help You Build Your Business
BuilderBooks.com is your source for training and education products for the building industry. The official bookstore for NAHB, BuilderBooks.com offers award-winning publications, software, brochures and more available in both English and Spanish.
To view these publications online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.
Log In and Explore www.nahb.org
Explore the latest housing industry news and information on www.nahb.org ó the official public and members-only Web site of NAHB.
With an expansive "For Consumers" section, www.nahb.org provides a credible source of information on home building and remodeling for your customers. The Web site also provides a wealth of member discount programs and business resources developed for you.
Plus, to make it easy to get what you need, the Web site has built in time-saving features like My NAHB to customize the site to your interests, My Favorites so you can select specific links to appear on your www.nahb.org Home page and online Staff Directories so you can find NAHB housing industry experts quickly and easily.
Use www.nahb.org to stay on top of the latest housing industry news, access your council and committee materials, register for courses and events and stay abreast of NAHBís efforts to promote housing.
Log in today to start taking advantage of this free NAHB member benefit.