By Reggie Bullard
Yes, I accidentally stumbled onto your site today.
I have attached (3) photos of my house which is located in Asheboro, North Carolina, which is in the center of the state.
My house was designed and built in 1934 by the original owner. I'm the second.
As you can tell from the photos, the stucco is cracking and sliding off the top of my chimney.
The outer coating thicknesses range from 1/4" to 1/2".
The metal cap has rusted through, which has allowed water to come in and probably penetrate the coating.
Repeated freezing and thawing cycles over 60+ years has probably separated the coating.
Pieces have been falling off for about two years and it's getting worse.
I think the only way to fix this is to completely remove the coating and start over.
My guess is to hammer off the remaining coating, secure metal lath to the structure and re-stucco, replace the metal cap.
The problem is trying to find someone local to fix it.
It's pretty high up.
The answer I've been getting is to cover the whole top with something else.
The chimney is so much a part of the house and the overall look of the house. I don't want to change anything, except the metal cap.
We've been in the house for 9 years and never used the fireplace. However, we really want to.
The original owners placed a steel plate over the opening. They didn't use it either.
Do you have any suggestions or know anyone in my area that could help?
It's hard to find "stucco repair" listed in the phonebook.
We always re-do the caps on houses that
stucco additions on
You can apply new mortar in one of two
You can find someone with basic masory
to do this for you.