DEAR TIM: I’ve got a mess at my home that’s driving me crazy. My 3-foot tall concrete block foundation was coated years ago with a thin coat of cement stucco. There are countless cracks in the stucco coating that outline many of the blocks. I’ve tried caulking the cracks before painting but they always seem […]
Faith James has a nice home in Dallas, Texas. But now there are some ugly dark stains coming down from the roof onto her stucco. Here's what she sent me: "Hi, Tim, After snow and rain I noticed black streaks down the front of my stucco home, coming from either the roof or the gutters. Please […]
DEAR TIM: I purchased an older stucco home that's never been painted. It's got some cracks in the stucco. Most range in width from 1/4 to 3/8-inch wide. The cracks are not getting any bigger and a structural engineer said that all is well and the cracking will not continue. What's the best way to […]
Quick Column Summary: Need to fix a planter Can it be ground down and leveled Easier to start over Link to video series Barbara Mandese, who lives not to awful far from the San Andreas fault in Monterey, CA, reached out for a life preserver after throwing out her back mixing concrete. Read what her […]
Applying stucco over the exterior of a brick home is possible. Knowing how to stucco involved following certain steps to ensure a proper job. There is a variety of stucco textures that can be created. If you have the right equipment and the proper skills, you can create your stucco home yourself.
Masonry surfaces can be protected and colored to suit your decorating instincts with penetrating sealers and stains. These masonry products overcome the peeling and blistering problems of paint coatings. Masonry sealers can either block or allow water vapor to pass through, both necessary in different situations. Be sure you read all masonry product labels for application instructions. This will allow for proper usage - and avoid possible danger from exploding fumes if used in the wrong areas!