Stucco issues

Old 08-04-07, 04:50 PM
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Stucco issues

Hi all, we live in NEPA and have a modifed a-frame house.
the siding is textured t-111 and below that is stucco (over cement block).
the person who built the house built it himself. over the last couple of years i have run the gutters properly, and removed the mosture that was causing the stucco to crack and fall off in places. As i look to fix the cracks i noticed a couple of things.
1. there is no lathe, or stucco wire under the stucco. and i am developing cracks in other places.
2. i would love to put field stone over it but am not too sure of the process (pa has stone everywhere, and i have almost finished all my my drystack walls that i have planned.
3. would love to have cultured stone over it (the $$ of it is stopping us).

my questions.
1. was this stucco done properly?
2. if i repair the stucco using a protland/sand mix will it crack off again.
3. if i repair it and then paint it with the elastic type paint will this cause pains later on down the road when i do want to use the stone.
4. any good books on the subject of using/ applying field stone to outer walls.

thank you in advance i really appreciate the help.
Old 08-04-07, 05:30 PM
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1. I can't say if it was done properly, but over CMU lath is not normally applied.
2. For full sized dimensional stone, you will have to build a ledge on the footings to support the weight.
3. Adhered veneer is not a cheap alternative, as you have discovered, but once you price adding the footing for dimensional stone, it will be more in line.

1. See 1 above.
2. See 1 above.
3. Yes, if you mean Cultured Stone, no if you mean a dimensional veneer.
4. There are plenty, search Google or Amazon for stone masonry.

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