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xquercus 07-02-2008 02:23 AM

Mounting Hose Reel on Stucco Siding
I'm looking to mount a garden hose reel to our stucco sided house. This is stucco on lath -- 1985 construction -- not stucco over foam. What is the proper way to mount the hose reel to the side of the house?

Should I cut away the stucco and install something like a ledger board to mount the reel on? Should I bolt the hose reel right onto the stucco making sure the bolts go into the studs? If the latter, should I place something between the hose reel and the stucco siding?

Alternatively, I could set two posts a few inches from the exterior wall to mount the reel on, however I would really prefer to mount to the side of the house.


47_47 07-02-2008 07:10 AM

Not an expert, but I would not mount the reel directly on the stucco. The motion when turning the reel will probably crack the stucco. I would not cut back the stucco and install a mounting board, because water may get behind the stucco. I'd use a ground sitting hose reel/ box or install the posts as you suggested.

Termite 07-02-2008 11:53 AM

I don't see any reason you couldn't mount it to the house, provided you hit the studs. If it is properly installed, it shouldn't move at all.

I would first locate the studs. Be sure you get it right. Use a hammer drill to drill through the stucco, and finish pre-drilling the hole with a regular wood bit. I'd suggest caulking the holes, so the screws bed into a blob of caulk and seal them up. The better caulking job you do, the better it'll shed water.

xquercus 07-02-2008 04:22 PM

Mmm... Well, if I did cut the stucco and install a mounting board, I'd be sure to properly flash and caulk it.

If I bolt it directly to the stucco (into the studs) my main concern would be cracking due to movement.


Termite 07-02-2008 09:57 PM

Movement? I don't get it. If you buy a sturdy hose reel and mount it solidly, it should not move. You're taking a real gamble removing a chunk of stucco and installing a piece of wood.

xquercus 07-03-2008 12:00 AM

Yes, I think I agree. Going through the stucco and bolting into the studs is the way to go. After doing some additional investigating, I'm making this more complicated than it is by considering removing the siding. Stucco is not a common material here in the Pacific Northwest so I haven't been able to just go out and ask a few neighbors how they have done the same.


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