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Jeanann replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"If I understand all the preceding information, when the whole house is covered with wire and re-stuccoed, you still need to repair all existing cracks and other damage first??"
Apr 4, 2011
evil242 replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"@jeff: I've seen some jobs around town that apply foam insulation underneath. My house has what seems to be a mix of red brick, and CMU cinder block. What's your opinion of the insulation, or what other things can be done to up the R value…"
Nov 19, 2010
hb replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"yes - recovering the whole house - they just finished patching where we've got cracks and problems and covering all the parapets with mesh and cement. this should cure for a week they said and I'll fog it so it cures evenly, I hope. If I…"
Sep 7, 2010
hb replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"thanks - is the new brown coat the same as the patch work cement? 'cause that's what they're putting on the house first (the mesh with grey cement) then they said they would bond the whole house, then put the color coat on. I hope…"
Sep 7, 2010
hb replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"Thanks Jeff. The workers just started with the repair - we decided to go with the cement finish. I was wondering if you know how long the first grey coat should dry before the bonding agent is applied and then before the color coat is applied.…"
Sep 7, 2010
jeff replied to hb's discussion rewire the whole house, or not? in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"whole house re-lath, with a brown & finish coat will absolutely produce the best (most consistent) finish product in comparison to the other ad-hoc repair scheme. i'd demand a bonding agent over the existing stucco too. i'd avoid that…"
May 19, 2010
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rewire the whole house, or not?

Hi all,We've been gathering quotes for restuccoing our whole house and there have been contradictions and resulting confusion on my part. Does anyone have an opinion about 'rewiring the whole house, give a brown coat, and then put the color last' vs. 'waterblast, patching with adhesive base and mesh as needed, apply primer, and hand trowel STO Powerflex elastomeric stucco'?? Also, anyone have experience with either Lujan & Sons Construction or Yaris Construction?Thank you.hbSee More
May 19, 2010
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Jun 20, 2009
jeff replied to hb's discussion stucco in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"i've come across a guy who's going to be doing a project for us, so i don't have first-hand knowledge yet though he was highly recommended by someone who has pretty high standards and whose opinion i trust. marton orozco w/…"
May 30, 2009
Christie Mc replied to hb's discussion stucco in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"Thanks! This is good info. to know. Can someone give a ballpark estimate of the cost of restuccoing a 1200 ft2 casita? And speaking of stuccoing, I have old casement windows and my understanding is that I would need to get those replaced before…"
May 30, 2009
JeSais replied to hb's discussion Lye in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"I can recommend Plumbing Connection: 872-4905 as to drains... baking soda and vinegar is good, lye is pretty caustic I think.... good luck."
Apr 29, 2009
Lee replied to hb's discussion Lye in the group Duke City Fixer-Upper
"I'm guessing you are saying that all the drains in your house are slow, and so you are assuming that the sewage main to the city is clogged ? My response would be it depends how long you have lived in or owned the house. Could well be that all…"
Apr 27, 2009
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Apr 26, 2009
hb left a comment for jcruzee
"thanks for the beer yesterday, it was much needed. Let's talk chickens soon. hb"
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At 8:57am on April 26, 2009, jcruzee said…
OMG i heard about your crash!! i hope you're ok. let me know if there's anything i can do for you...carry your books? ;o) heal quickly, love.
At 3:55pm on March 4, 2009, Joran Viers said…
i think these are crematogaster ants, a.k.a. acrobatic ants (confirm by looking at the abdomen - if it's sort of heart shaped, i'm right). they are nesting in the decaying interior wood. not damaging to the living portion of the tree, somewhat damaging to the interior, physiologicaly dead wood (but, some evidence exists that any nests in decaying trees actually slows decay, by drying out the wood and reducing fungal vigor). I can't really tell much about the yellow fungal thing - where on the tree do you see it, does it have any height of it's own, or is it tight to the bark, etc. as for the whole tree (or, the trunk thereof...), it looks a bit like it may have some girdling roots, but more likely just trunk flare showing (looks like it is a grafted tree...). what you've done with the mulching and watering around the drip line (both inside and outside of same) is the most good you can do for the tree. trees take time to respond to changes, either positive or negative, so what happens this season will give you a better idea of how the tree is faring. mulberries are tough, so if any tree is going to absorb this damage with a minimal long term impacts, this is the one.

having said all that, given the decay of structural wood in the interior, which you can do nothing about, you are now in a position of managing the decline of the tree. even if the canopy returns to full health, the decay will continue at some rate, and will eventually result in a dangerous tree. that's probably years down the road, but coming.
 
 
 

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