As a former lath and plastering contractor I drew up the plans and specifications for our new lath and plaster/stucco wall.  I acted as owner/builder, and hired a contractor to remove the existing wood fence (see “Before” photo), and construct new wood studs, metal lath, and a 3/4″ three-coat plaster/stucco wall (see “After” photo).

I was able to use the existing 4″ x 4″ x 10′-0″ treated wood posts that were approximately 8′-0″ on center.  I then had 12″ footings poured,  attached  2″ x 4″ wood plates to footing,  installed 2″ x 4″ x 8′-0″ treated studs 16″ on center.  OSB board was then attached to the studs.  attached two layers of felt paper, 2.5 galvanized lath, 3/4″ expansion joints, 3/4″ casing bead ,and corner beads were attached to OSB board followed by two coats of plaster, and one coat of finish stucco using Kel-Crete Premium Liquid Admixture in all three coats.  Lastly a finish coat of Kel-Prime was applied.  Kel-Prime is a curing/sealing/hardening/curing agent.

We did approximately the same wall design around a home my wife and I once owned in Hawaii thirty years ago which still looks as good today as when it was first constructed.  We attribute this fact to the Kel-Crete Premium Liquid Admixture in the mix, and the Kel-Prime finish application.

Chuck Green,



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