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How to make an opening in a stucco wall (Page 2)


Step 4. Scribe a cutting line on the stucco y moving the compass along the outline, with the compass point held on the marked line. This added margin M allow the brick molding to fit tight against the wall sheathing.

 

Step 5. Score the stucco surface around the outside edge of the scribed line, using a masonry chisel and masonry hammer. The scored grooves should be at least 1/8 deep to serve as a guide for the circular saw blade.

 

Step 6. Make straight cuts using a circular saw and masonry-cutting blade. Make several passes with the saw, gradually deepening the cuts until the blade just cuts through the metal lath, causing sparks to fly. Stop cuts just ahead of the corners to avoid damaging the stucco past the cutting line; complete the cuts with a masonry chisel.

 

 

Variation: For round-top windows, mark the outline on the stucco, using a cardboard template, and drill a series of holes around the outline, using a masonry bit. Complete the cut with a masonry chisel.

 

Step 7. Break up the stucco with a masonry hammer or sledgehammer, exposing the underlying metal lath. use aviation snips to cut through the lath around the opening. Use a pry bar to pull away the lath and attached stucco.

 

Step 8. Outline the rough opening on the sheathing, using a straightedge as a guide. Cut the rough opening along the inside edge of the framing members, using a circular saw or reciprocating saw. Remove the cut section of sheathing.

 

 

 

 

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