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Thanks for the input.
I'm a third generation lather/plaster from Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. I read your column today for the first time.
been my experience, that tyvek aids in improper curing of
plaster causing awful cracks. Expansion joints over doors and
aids in preventing cracks. Also the use of felt paper is the
way to go over plywood. Zinc corner beads and expansion joints
rust and I recommend to use them every twenty feet and over and under
windows and over doors at the corners. Expansion joints go
lath; control joints go over the lath. I'm not a very good
don't laugh at my spelling. I was happy to see someone wrote a
stucco .By the way, I hate synthetic also.
Thanks so much for your e-mail. I have always
thought felt paper was superior to Tyvek.
First of all, they used it in the old days, before this
modern crap was invented. If I'm in doubt what to
do, I do things the old way.
Usually, tyvek is on the wall before we start so
I lath right over it.
From now on, I'm going to rip it off and put on
I was surfing and read the part about white wash.
this and it
Mix this in a five gallon bucket and a good way to measure
of coffee cans.
* 3 large coffee cans of hydrated lime
* 1 1/2 small coffee cans of salt
* 2 gallons of water
Mix this together a little at a time or you won't be able
best if you let it sit overnight so that the salt dissolves,
it won't be
a problem to use immediately if the salt was very fine.
a wash not a
paint so it should be very thin or watery.
Slop it on with a big brush. Just give it a stir once
as you use
it. Going on it will appear as if there is no
That's due to the
water. When it dries it will be white.