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How can I secure this faucet: the pipe is not secured inside the wall

The pipe leading to this exterior faucet was apparently never secured inside the wall (contractor mistake when the wall was built): So it pulls in and out in use, and no doubt lets rain water drip ...
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How to prepare new stucco, for a later heavy duty item attachment?

I would like to hang a particular heavy duty hose reel on a wall that will be patched with stucco. In other words, it's sheathing and studs right now. I could wait until after the stucco is on, ...
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Skim coat stucco with stucco

I need to skim coat an existing painted stucco facade with stucco to a sand finish, will it adhere if I use an adhesive on the facade and in the stucco mix or should I rotohammer dimples in the facade ...
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How do I repair this patio wall?

My HOA doesn't want to do it and I need to sell this condo. Not sure how to tell if it is stucco or concrete. I have lots of experience with drywall repair, but never done this on the outside. What ...
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Drilling into outdoor stucco to hang bike

I'm interesting in hanging a bike hook up on my patio outdoors. My outdoor walls appear to be some kind of hard stucco, and I've run a magnetic stud finder over the whole wall and it's all magnetic, ...
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How to smooth out a stucco exterior?

We have stucco on the exterior of the house. It is a sand/float finish, I believe, and it looks like this. It is a medium to coarse version of this finish. How do I go about making this smooth by ...
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What type of window trim go on top of stucco and how?

My design drawing has a simple trim around window but my contractor did not ask me and applied stucco around the window. Now I can only add the trim on top of stucco. I want to make sure the trim is ...
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How do I install stucco over an exterior painted stone wall?

I have a painted stone wall that is not very attractive. I thought stuccoing over it could solve the appearance problem. Would I need a wire mesh? Could I stucco right on the stone? Would I need to ...
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Apply stucco directly to cement board

I'm fixing stucco on an old house and it appears as though they literally just added stucco onto cement board with asphalt kraft paper in between. I have to remove a piece to add in new cement board ...
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Stucco repair, no membrane?

I was doing a crack repair on my grandparents' house. The crack was in stucco located in an outside soffit on the 1st floor. I removed the stucco and to my surprise there was no membrane, just what ...
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How can I accurately locate bricks covered in stucco or plaster?

Where I live, most houses are old and have red brick walls. On the inside, the walls are covered by stucco or plaster and then some decorative layer. The plaster and mortar in the walls are generally ...
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INSULATING A STUCCO SHED

I live in an high desert where it gets very cold, -20 in the winter,with 95 degree days in the summer. I have a beverage cooler in a building with a new shed attached to it to protect the compressor. ...
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What's the best caulk type for exterior stucco to wood window trim?

I have cracked caulk that is sealing window trim to a stucco wall. What type of caulk should I use to replace the old, deteriorated caulk? Ideally, the caulk would be paintable.
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Trying to hang my self-made gymnastics workout machine in my garage

I basically made this machine referencing two videos: Power Moves Training System How to Make Your Own Breakdancing Flare Trainer Mine is a tiny bit different than both but same basic design. It's ...
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How to fix a through hole in stucco on the outside of the house?

Some contractors drilled some holes on the outside of the house and I need to patch them up. One hole is about 1 to 1.5" in diameter. They drilled through so that they can put a piece of wire through ...
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Patching around a pipe exit in stucco wall

We just purchased a home and the seller hired a handyperson to run a pipe for the hot water heater pressure release. They ran a copper pipe down...at the bottom there's an elbow that's connected to ...
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Stucco cracking/polymer additives/AAC

I am building with AAC blocks in a tropical country. The usual practice here is to apply a home-made plaster/stucco (cement/sand mixture) to the wall (which here is more typically mortar). However, ...
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What's the best way to cut through this wall?

I am adding insulation+drywall between open rafters. What's the best way (tool, blade/bit, technique, other advice) to get through these wall layers for ventilation? (I'll put mesh and grilles over ...
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How to properly fix these cracks in exterior window sill

The inspector suggested that these are easy fixes but most of the searches for repairing window sills brings up rotten wood and that's not what I've got here. and also this one
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Should exterior stucco be sealed to prevent water damage

Should exterior stucco on Tudor style home be sealed?
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Alternatives to conventional weep screed, for stucco to the ground homes?

I live in one of millions of older homes that have stucco applied right to the ground, like so: There's really no way to retrofit a conventional weep screed here. Lowering grade is not feasible ...
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How to install an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit) — with details done right

Previous questions pertain to adding an outdoor electrical box to old stucco (How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") ). What are the ways it's done on a wall ...
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What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?

What is the purpose of this thin metal wire? It attaches to a nailhead on the other stud, which is securing an electrical box. Is this a grounding wire or something else?
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Should I refinish Spanish stucco in winter or wait until Spring?

The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and ...
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How should I go about insulating a 1920's stucco house in LA?

I own a two story, 3200 Sq ft house in Los Angeles. The exterior is stucco and the walls are lathe and plaster. A year ago we had some water damage after a rain storm. When the contractor demo'd ...
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Cement board or plywood for stuccoing over

I have a former window I want to close and stucco over. I did the framing already. Was wondering if I should use a cement board or 1/2" OSB or plywood with wire mesh as substrate to stucco over (to ...
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Stucco around lumber

I have a masonry wall that I'd like to hang a 2x6 on (6 side against the wall) so that I can use it as an anchor for a curtain rod. I would then like to stucco around it. I was wondering if it's okay ...
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Importance of plaster repair skills/experience

I have an old 1920's house in the Chicago area with many lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings. We are going to be removing a whole-house fan, which will leave a 3' square opening that will need to be ...
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What type of primer to use on stucco wall?

So our stucco comes up about 3 feet off the ground and then the siding takes over. We had our deck removed and installed a nice new patio. I would like to do something with the stucco wall because it'...
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How should I insulate the walls in a stucco house?

What is the best way to insulate a 1969 stucco home in the San Francisco Bay Area? I have added a lot of insulation in the attic area but the rooms and walls are cold. Any suggestions?
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Can I use metal J-channel and drip caps intended for roofing as my window casing beads?

I'm going to be installing nailing fin vinyl windows using a new construction application in a stucco wall. I'd like to install them properly with gasketed and caulked casing bead around the edges to ...
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How can I tell what kind of paint is on my stucco?

I have a stucco house that has been painted. I would like to somehow figure out what kind of paint it is. The reason being that I would like to re-color the house with a high-quality mineral paint, ...
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How should I get this paint off my stucco?

I have an exterior stucco wall that appears to have been painted. I would like to somehow remove the paint to expose the rough surface of the top coat so I can limewash it. I tried scraping at it ...
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What should I do with my leaking chimney?

We have a brick chimney on the side of our 110 year old, 2 story house. We aren't going to use the fireplace - we have a ventless insert we are going to use. The chimney leaks terribly. We are ...
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How can I fix flexible stucco?

Around the outside of the house, the concrete base is covered with a layer of styrofoam and a layer of this flexible stucco material. I'm not really sure what exactly is. This sheet looks like stucco ...
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Adding insulation to exterior wall; remove stucco cladding, or add on top of it?

I have an exterior stucco wall that's not in super great condition. The outermost-layer was applied very badly and is flaking off, so doing a patch job or yet another layer seems like a bad idea ...
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Proper order of operations for re-doing windows, stucco, and footing insulation

I have three big projects coming up: Replacing all the windows and a sliding glass door Adding 2 inches of rigid foam insulation to the exterior and re-stucco-ing Adding rigid foam insulation against ...
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carport to garage conversion

I have a garage that used to be a carport. Therefore the ceiling, clad with stucco, is not insulated. Do I need to pull down the stucco to properly have a vapour barrier when I insulate? or is the ...
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Can you apply surface-bonding cement over stucco as an exterior finish?

Let's say you have a wood-framed wall with cement-based stucco cladding and it's in pretty good condition, with a few typical stucco cracks. If you wanted to seal the cracks, add another layer, and ...
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How do I seal around an outdoor rated wall mounted luminary?

What's the proper way to seal a exterior wall mounted luminary from water entry? I was unable to find one for purchase with any sort of gasket, and it appears that any water sheeting down the wall ...
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Corner Bead With Stucco Over Mesh

I have a small wooden box closing the gap between the entry door and the original opening that I prepped with tar paper and mesh to apply stucco to so that it fits with the rest around. Should I put ...
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How can I remove flaking (likely lead based) paint from very rough, exterior stucco?

Here's a similar type of stucco to what I have: Mine is light yellow but similarly rough-seas wavy like this picture. Mine is also now looking pretty dingy and I would like to repaint. Upon closer ...
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Repairing exterior cement wall

I have an exterior wall on one side of a brick building that appears to be stucco or cement. Some of it is starting to come off in sheets. Basically, there is one layer, maybe the thickness of orange ...
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What is this stucco-like finish called?

The chimney is a wide column in the middle of the living room. The finish on this chimney sort of evokes brick, but I don't think it is. It reminds me of stucco, but it isn't that either. The house ...
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How should I clean my slate and stucco outdoor patio area?

I have a patio with a slate floor, with (what used to be) a bright white grout of some sort, surrounded by stucco half-walls that are topped with additional slate. The stucco has a rough surface. ...
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How can I install an exterior electrical box flush in stucco?

I want to install an exterior light. I have stucco. I read the article How to Install an Exterior Outlet Box in Stucco, but I am concerned with water getting inside ... Is caulking enough?
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How do I replace the front door on a stucco house?

I'm going to be taking out the various floors that have been laid in our house down to the sub floor so wood flooring can be laid. But in doing so the floor will be about 1 inch lower than what it ...
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How can I finish the gap above my door with Stucco?

I have about a 12" gap between the top of my new entry door and the door opening because the house is 100 y.o. and back then they used bigger doors or simply higher transoms. When I ordered the ...
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Was my shed repaired properly?

There was a leak in our utility shed area about 8' x 6'. The construction of the shed is plywood with stucco covering. The handyman that repaired the rotten wood installed plywood over the rotten wood ...
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How do I install electrical through “new work” stucco?

See also How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") which deals with the old work situation. What are the best practice products and procedures for installing an ...