How to Remove Stucco

What You'll Need
Canvass Sheeting/Plastic Cover
Sledge Hammer
Flat Pry Bar
Small Crowbar
Tar Paper

Knowing how to remove stucco is the first step in replacing the stucco installed on your office building or house. Stucco is an inexpensive and durable overlay on the wall surface of your home of office and is used to cover visually unappealing building materials such as cinder blocks, concrete, adobe and clay brick. Removing stucco involves a lot of pounding so it can be a strenuous home improvement activity. However, removing stucco and replacing it with a new and more appealing stucco greatly enhances the appeal of your house or building structure. Below are the materials that you will need along with the instructions on how to remove stucco.

Step 1: Secure the Area Where Work is Done

The grounds underneath the work area for the removal must be covered with a plastic cover or canvass sheeting. This should be able to cover the area to protect it from any falling stucco debris while being pounded on. The covering on the ground will also contain any small pieces that fall off so that after the work and it would be easier to do the clean-up of the area after the work is done.

Step 2: Start Breaking the Stucco

Removing the stucco in the building’s exterior should start with lightly striking on the stucco with a sledge hammer until it falls off from outsides of the building. For those pieces that are hard to remove, use a flat pry bar to let loose those pieces that have not been taken down initially. 

Step 3: Removing Unwanted Wires and Nails

Remove the metal interlock that holds the stucco mix that initially is included in it when the stucco was first applied. Using a small crowbar’s rounded end, undo the wire web with it. Remove all the nails that may still be present holding the wirings in position. If there are hard-to-pull-nails, pound on the small crowbar with a carpenter’s hammer until the nails are removed. 

Step 4: Cleaning up the Building Exterior

The outsides of the stucco area in the building must be cleaned of any dirt. If there are nails and other metal objects seen protruding out from the wooden sheathing, they must be removed. Clear the area as well of any boards that have stucco piled on it. 

Step 5: Vapor Barrier and Clean-up

The presence of a temporary vapor barrier must be present in the exterior. If this is not so and only seen is a wooden sheathing, tar paper or a form of plastic covering must be attached to the outside area of the building. Any mess from the removal and those that got trapped in the ground covering must be cleaned up. 

It is necessary to wear protective gears such as safety glasses and work gloves when removing stucco. These will give protection to the eyes especially that the work involves a lot of pounding on a cement structure which could cause small particles to fly around. The protective eye gear will prevent particles from damaging your eyes..