Stucco

Stucco
September 29, 2014
Herb Nordmeyer

Tools Choosing the right tools can help a project for speed and ease. A stucco sprayer can be many times faster than the old hawk & trowel. Read moreHerbCrete Core Mix

Everything You Want To Know About Mixing and Applying Stucco.

For as simple as Stucco is, there is a lot to know about applying stucco as well as the many uses for it. Here we offer various articles or guides about working with Stucco: from what is stucco?  How to apply stucco, mix designs, and more.

stucco on a rustic homeWhat is Stucco:

Stucco is typically a cement, sand and lime mix with water. This would also be referred to as traditional stucco,1 or 3 coat stucco, or straight cement plaster . Normally, we consider stucco as referring to a durable exterior coating. Plaster is a more generic term for a plastic (wet) material that is used for coating and finishing a wall that will harden over time. This can be with a base of cement but might also include clay earth, Gypsum papercrete or many other things. Although the distinction is blurry, many people think of stucco as exterior stucco siding and plaster as an interior finish.

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Application:

There are two ways to apply stucco. Either by hand with a hawk and trowel, or by a tool like a mortar sprayer.  When troweling by hand, the learning curve can slow things down and the labor involved is greater. Hand troweling also takes more time.  The beauty of our tool is the ease of use while saving time and labor.  There is virtually no learning curve!  You scoop and spray. The the amount of square feet covered can be comparable to 6 experienced plasterers with a hawk and trowel. This feature is really great for larger projects like a strawbale house or a stucco fence.

Sprayer for Walls

The ToolCrete Render Sprayer can be used for applying plaster, shotcrete, papercrete, earthen mixes, plastering a stucco house, traditional one coat or three coat stucco, GFRC, stamped concrete, fences, organic sculptures, and more! learn more

DIY Articles, Recipes and How To’s

Choosing the right tools can help a project for speed and ease. A stucco sprayer can be many times faster than the old hawk & trowel.  More Information… How To Stucco Projects that show you how to stucco and some tips and tricks the folks learned along the way.  More Information… Applying Stucco Directions for appropriate application. More Information… Spraying Stucco An article on how How to Apply Stucco with your sprayer By Herb Nordmeyer. Start in an area where mistakes can be made while standing on the ground. More Information. Recipes and Mix Designs Making stucco is like cooking bread… dozens of recipes on how to make it / mix it. Here are several different mix designs including brown coat, scratch coat and more. More Information… Color Color Colors Erin Allen of The Earth Pigments Company explains how to use stucco colors. One-Coat Vs Three-Coat Applications One-Coat stucco is a newer application that is similar to traditional stucco. One-Coat is also a misnomer, as AT LEAST two coats, a base coat and a finish coat, are applied. More Information…  Herb Nordmeyer is a leading consultant and has designed and developed many of the stuccos available in America today. More Information… Minnesota Stucco Guide (PDF Download) This guide contains general information about installation and related materials. It is provided as a guide only and is not intended for any specific construction project. Download It. Featured in Concrete Decor magazine The ToolCrete Sprayers were featured in Concrete Decor Magazine More Information…

Stories from the Field

I had two guys mixing my mortar, and they still couldn’t keep up with me using the bigger jets on the ToolCrete Sprayer. A four day job took me one day to complete.  I’m really excited about using this tool on my next job. -Joseph Armeni of Conneaut, OH

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