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Re: stucco wall

Posted By: Phil
Tuesday, 3 July 2001, at 11:08 a.m.

In Response To: stucco wall (Bryan)

Your stucco wall will be expensive if you want it to be structurally sound. If you insist on having your privacy fence your way, use this method. Mark location of posts and dig post holes. For a rigid fence, space the posts 6 or 7 feet apart. Use concrete to embed the treated posts in the ground. Smooth the edges of the concrete base before the concrete hardens. When the posts have settled, pour a 4-inch high by 6-inch wide concrete base along the entire length of the fence. When the concrete base has dried out, build the wall section using 2X4s and connecting them into a frame like the one they use when erecting the walls for a new house. In another words, set the rails vertically instead of horizontally and space them apart 16 inches on center. Insert the frame between the posts and on the concrete base. Nails each framed section to the posts using galvanized nails. Cover both sides of the fence with 3/4 inch exterior plywood. Top the wall with 1X6 cedar boards to prevent rain from running between the two walls. Cedar is preferred because the boards will not warp up. Your structurally-sound fence is now ready for applying stucco. As an alternative to applying stucco, consider using exterior plywood boards with plank-like surfaces. You can then paint or stain the fence. Be warned that such a fence will run you on average $40 per linear foot if you do it yourself. You normally see these types of privacy fences around expensive condos. A regular privacy 6-ft fence built with treated lumber will only cost you on average $10 per linear foot if you do it yourself. Good luck.

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