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Old 05-10-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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About 4 ft up behind the wall I can see "rusty" wiremesh/stucco mesh that I am assuming was caused by the stucco getting wet and the moisture problems it created. On other walls of my house the stucco down low is just crumbling off.
Back in 1965 when they built these homes weep screed was not being used. I am going to add strips of weep screed but I was wondering if that rusty stucco mesh behind the walls is going to create problems in the future and should I replace it now while I am working in this area?

What you see in the 1st picture with the new stucco mesh is an area I was working on for a patio cover I am building. So the wall to the left of the new stucco mesh has rusty stucco mesh in the walls about 4' up. I am concerned that even if I put weep screed in there is that rusty stucco mesh going to be fine.I have learned recently that weep screed might be what I need to resolve the problems around my house.
The 2nd picture has a concrete walkway on north side of house that was poured without grading the soil. You can see the vents are level with the concrete. I think that concrete needs to come out and regrade the soil. But I would think that the stucco mesh behind that crumbling stucco is rusty too and needs to be replaced.
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The mesh or lathe, should be integrated into the stucco, so in order to replace the lathe all the stucco would have to come out also. Is that what you want to do?

The weep screed is a good idea I think as it would not be a big expense if you are going to do this yourself. Labor intensive yes, but not expensive for materials.

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ha ha - I know all about labor intensive. Hard work doesn't bother me. I just want to fix it right. Do you suggest removing all the rusty mesh wire? I have all the material here already. The concrete patio/walkways are going to eventually come out and I am going to fix the grading issue.

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Are you saying that you can see all of the lathe?
That it is not attached to the stucco?
Are you saying that yu want to remove all the stucco merely to replace the lathe?
If so then I do not recommend taking all the stucco off just for that. the lathe will last you another 50 years.
Isn't there any felt paper between the lathe and the studs?

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In the 1st picture where you see the new paper and wire mesh the existing wire mesh on each side is rusty going up from the bottom for about 4' and then the original mesh looks fine as it continues up. I wasnt sure if that rusty wire was going to become a problem. I didnt want to install weep screed and then find out later I should have fixed the rusty wire.

So I am not going to worry about it. Is all weep screed the same or is there a certain type you might recommend? Thanks
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Pretty much the same.

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