stucco walls that go in the ground

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Old 06-28-08, 01:48 AM
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stucco walls that go in the ground

I have stucco walls, that go below the landscaping surface.

I am considering digging out a trench, cutting the stucco about 6 inches above the landscape level, removing and removing the low stucco. I have heard this is a good termite prevention, as well as moister control.

1st: are there any negatives to doing this?

2nd: should I seal the bottom of the stucco? Does it need to be able to drain moisture? If I seal it, can/should I use quickcrete?

3rd: If a wall has uneven landscaping, how should I cut the stucco? at an angle, or level revealing more of the slab in some areas?

Thanks for your input.
 
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Is your home wood frame construction or block? If block, is the stucco applied directly to the block or does it have wire lath?
 
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thanks for the reply. wood framed.
 
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First you would need to make sure that the wood structure is above where you intend to cut the stucco. 2nd I would think it would be difficult to get a nice even cut [thru stucco and wire] I'm not sure how you would go about making it look nice.

IMO annual termite spray would be a better option. Are you having any moisture issues? Elastromeric paints do a good job of sealing stucco.
 
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i haven't had any moisture problems. I just don't want to cause any if I seal an area that should be left to drain. But then I will have an area where bugs can enter.

This is more of a preventative maintenance thing. From what i understand from reading, when the stucco goes into the ground, it leaves an ideal area for termites to enter.

I've seen a few companies that advertise doing this, but I'm a diy'er. I would imagine it would be easy to cut with a chalkline and a concrete saw.

thanks for the feedback
 
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