Don't pile heavy materials
wall, and no excessive beating
This is largely out of control of the plasterer,
should be insisted
There is nothing worse than seeing a big stack of
the wall, where the the stucco was recently finished on
the other side.
If a sheet rock delivery is made, it can stacked against
doesn't affect the stucco. You can't tell me that a
stack of sheet
weighs 3000+ lb. leaning against the wall won't bow the
to seriously crack the stucco. Since there is no
I reserve the right to say nyah nyah nyah, however one
changes the quality of the product for everyone. So I
must insist and
The outer walls on the inside are usually the
inviting places for
material deliveries, such as paneling, plywood, etc.
Once we had a stucco wall that cracked severely a
months after we
finished when a contractor bolted a heavy bay window
assembly to the
which should have been installed before the stucco.
I took some prospective customers by to show the
house as an
our work, and to show the great impregnated color. I had
been by a
weeks earlier and there wasn't even a small hairline
it a great
example( put your best foot forward, right?) I could see
in their faces when they saw the big nasty cracks
radiating out from
I was embarrassed.
When they called me to tell me they had decided to
put on a
on their house, I knew the real reason.
Electrical openings, plumbing rough outs, exhaust
be made before the lath is applied. I have seen
neglected pipe openings
in later with a sledge hammer. In this event, the holes
with a diamond or carbide blade.
Windows and doors should be checked before the
for alignment, proper opening, etc. Prying a window jamb
it out will crack the stucco every time.
All I can can do on all these cases is insist
these things be observed,
but none are my fault.
Patches and blocks extending walls should always be
and not just butted tight. There will always be a nasty
crack if blocks
Blocks extended on this multi-million dollar are loose
shake. I took a picture to show that when a nasty crack
to an inadequate substrate.
Last but not least, is to insist that
roofs, such as slate
or Spanish barrel tile,
be put on before the lath is applied. Several tons of
bow the framing
and crack the stucco. The disadvantage of doing this is
and dormers should stuccoed first, to avoid walking on
the roof and
When I was in Southern California, I noticed a lot
of times, the
tiles were loaded on the roof before they were
installed. This allowed
the stucco to proceed
without loading the roof later and cracking the stucco.