We are almost
finished with the first coat of stucco. This is called the scratch coat.
There will be 3 total coats of stucco. Next being the brown coat and
then the finish coat. It will end up being about 1 inch thick of concrete
exterior coating when we are finished. Myself and Juan are doing this
alone. Juan is a 75 year old hispanic man who has been doing stucco
for about 40 years. I mix the concrete and send it up to him with a
pulley and bucket. He plasters it on. I have been using a mix of 3 shovels
Portland cement, 1 shovel masonary cement,1 shovel lime, and 10 shovels
I took off
Friday and picked up some building materials in Odessa, TX as well as
something I have been wanting for about 23 years. I finally bought that
motorcycle I've always been wanting. No more Vespa Scooter guy for me!
This bike is a Suzuki DRZ-400 SuperMoto. It is designed for street riding
as well as off-road. It is perfect for this area. I can go back road
exploring and zip around town. So far, I love it!
If you look
close you can see Juan on the roof stuccoing. We are almost finished
with the second coat. He is currently stuccoing the bunt on the roof.
We didn't actually know the name of that so Belle decided to call it
the bunt and it stuck.
Me and Juan.
Juan is almost
finished adding the finish coat of stucco on the back side of the house.
After the stucco is finished I will wait several months to let the stucco
do its cracking and then I will add an elastomeric paint. This paint
will cover the cracks, seal the house, and prevent future cracking.
move the scaffolding platforms around.
We are finished
with the stucco!
of the finished stucco. I am now inside working on the plumbing. It
is much a trial and error situation but I am gradually figuring it out
and saving lots of money. After I finish the plumbing and electrical
I will then add the downstairs porch and 2 balconys.