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Info on Stucco and Plastering-- August, 2011 -  thirtieth big issue !






EXTRA ! BIRD INFESTATION                                          
IN EIFS OUT OF CONTROL !


Eifs
                      infested with birds







ABOVE:  EIFS house in Arlington,
 VA
becomes giant bird nest for
sparrows.


RIGHT: Sparrow infestation in McLean, Virginia.
No flashing over window
                      causes rot below
swami
                      stucco
Swami Stucco
Mystic secrets revealed.                            
Dryvit
                      bird house










Sparrows make a round hole about an
inch and a half in diameter.  Their favorite nesting place are foam details
on EIFS and foam bands on one coat synthetic "stucco".
These bird holes can be seen frequently on EIFS houses near wooded areas.
LEFT: Another chimney on same house
Dryvit bird house



These pictures were taken in Northern Virginia, in the Washington, DC area. This epidemic is everywhere! Try a web search for bird infestation in EIFS if you don't believe me.
I get at least 3 good questions a week. Here are three.   

click here to write.
reggie@rtbullard.com

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Vertical expansion joints can cause water funnels
expansion joints
expansion joints
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I got this from Carl Brown's (Mr. Bad Stucco) great site. Note how vertical expansion joints over can cause water funnels. The tendency is to put these joints over windows to prevent to likelihood of cracks that occur over window and door openings. These joints can cause more harm than good.
  Notice here that is is no vapor barrier behind the trim, as well as no sill. The flat 1 x 4 is level on top, causing  water to run behind the window.
  I have seen these joints cause infiltration behind brick or stone water tables, concrete, etc.




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Artisan finishes: Don Latimer's great work.
Portland Cement Association      

Stucco Manufacturers Association
A resource for three coat stucco. 

Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau
A wealth of information

For an excellent resource on flashing, 
please click here. I downloaded this from:
 Building science.com











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