Stucco removal? What the . . . ? Yes, we are now a year into this project and sidetracked with a new challenge. All the lath and plaster that is to be removed (on both floors) has been removed. The living/dining room and TV room are insulated (Roxul and stryofoam both). The ceiling joists in the spare bedroom have been replaced (2×6 instead of 2×4) and lowered in preparation for a loft bed. Lots of new wiring is in place, although there is still more to do. But . . .
We had actually hoped to have drywall up by now. What happened? Well summer for one thing and along with lots of beautiful weather, some fishing and camping, lots of grass to cut and two family weddings, the summer brought thunderstorms and heavy rains. Rains that found a way into the inside of the house!
All interior renovations were immediately put on hold whilst the leaks were sourced out and potential remedies contemplated and discussed. Ultimately we decided to remove all the exterior stucco (which was cracked in places from when the house was moved to the property) and enclose the house in house wrap. Certainly, we wanted to at some point redo the outside of the house — just not until we had finished the inside.
Still, we can’t be allowing water in and so remedying that has become the number one priority. After early attempts to pry off a little of the cement stucco at a time, then cut the attaching wires and drop a piece of a square foot or two, John started using a diamond blade in a circular saw to score the stucco into larger sections.
Then the experimenting started. The sections got larger and after loosening the stucco and wires from the wall, he tied a rope to the loosened wires and pulled the larger pieces off that way.
And now the current procedure (except above the windows where we still have to take the time and make the effort to carefully remove smaller pieces) is to cut the stucco into full-length vertical pieces, loosen the cement and wires from the top of the wall, attach a rope and then bring the trusty Massey-Ferguson in to do the pulling (and subsequent loading).