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Stucco repair perfect for do-it-yourselfer

Fix requires more than one day, one coat

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Q: When a downspout was replaced on my home, a small amount of stucco was torn away from the building. The plumber duct-taped plastic sheeting to the area as temporary protection. I'd like to repair the stucco myself and wonder if the prepared stucco available in the hardware store will provide a good quality and durable repair, and whether any special preparation of the damaged area is required. My home was built in 1939 and, as far as I know, its stucco is original. A: This is a job you can easily do yourself, and we applaud your willingness to give it a try. Depending on the size of the hole and the amount of loose stucco and wire lath that is visible, you'll probably need to chip out a little more stucco. It's important to remove all loose stucco from the hole. It's also important to have enough wire lath exposed so that you can pull it away from the wall. Also, a ragged outline is best to hold the patch. No straight lines allowed. Cracks tend to form on straight lines. If the hole...