04-13-2010 03:33 AM
I am in the process of building a shop/storage building and currently have it underpinned with 3/4 inch treated plywood which I want to cover with stucco....Would like to do stone but cannot afford it. Tyvek moisture barrier and metal lathing are already in place.
I would appreciate some advice on a good stucco mix.
04-13-2010 04:00 AM
Good Morning watsunrock,
If you are using cement and sand it usually takes 14 shovels of sand to one bag of cement. However I like to use Sakrete mortar mix and mix one batch at a time and I usually add one shovel of cement to the batch for added strength and by doing that I am not in a hurry to get it applied before it starts to set up.
04-13-2010 09:57 AM
Stucco is just a mix of sand, Portland Cement, and JUST ENOUGH water to make it "workable". You can use Ralph's "mix" or any other "schedule" like making a "rich" mortar. You add just enough water to get to a "peanut butter" like mix. You want it "dry" enough to stay in place when applied, and not so "wet" it sags back off. It's about like plastering, but using a cement-based "plaster" instead.
04-13-2010 05:33 PM
I appreciate the information....Ralph's mix sounds like the way I should go. The small one bag batches will work out great for me as I will be working for a couple of hours in the evenings.
Thank you for the input, it is greatly appreciated.